Speakers

Acácio Cruz

Google
SRE Manager 2007-2016 – GMail, Apps, Social, …
SWE Manager/Director – Load-shedding & Traffic Management team – 2009-current
SWE Director – Frameworks and Software Infrastructure – 2016-current (incl. a Micro-services platform)
Full: http://www.linkedin.com/in/acacio

Ademar Aguiar

Ademar is a pragmatic software engineer, training software engineering, agile methods, and software design at Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, researching at INESC TEC. Ademar Aguiar was an early adopter of agile, back in 2000, and since then has been training others to fine-tune their processes, in academy and industry. Ademar started the Agile Portugal conference and related events to develop the community in Portugal. Since 2010, Ademar has been working at ScrumPLoP’s, helping to identify and document existing practices of Scrum, to uncover the “why’s” and “how’s” of successfully adopting and implementing Scrum. Ademar is a co-founder of tech ventures, founder of Coding for Social Impact Labs, board member of Hillside Group, former member of WikiSym steering committee, member of <Programming> steering committee, and organiser of upcoming XP 2018.

Amela Teftedarija

Amela (M.Sc Electrical Engineering) is lead QA engineer and team manager in Comtrade with more than 10 years of professional experience in software development industry and proficiency in test automation.

She is certified Scrum master and owner of ISTQB Foundation Level Certificate. Currently, she is working on multi-site agile project practicing Scrum. She is a big fan of Scrum framework and its everyday practitioner. She is an active member of Comtrade testing community (QUEST) and one of the organizers of ShareIT Sarajevo meetups. Also, recently she started speaking at international conferences and absolutely loved it.

António Arrais Castro

Antonio is a technology addict and an enthusiastic manager. He is currently CTO at EdirectInsure, betting on redefining the online insurance scene in Asia.

Previously Antonio was Glasses Group Global’s CTO, supervising the development of a global glasses marketplace; Jumia’s CTO @ Africa Internet Group | Rocket Internet, supervising the development the largest eCommerce platform for Africa and Middle East; CTO @ UNEDGED, supervising the development of innovative interactive software.

Antonio has extensive management and technical experience. He holds a PhD in Production and Systems Engineering, owns a PMP Certification, issued by the Project Management Institute, and he is a certified Prince2 Practitioner, by APMG International. He is also a Certified Product Owner and a Certified Scrum Master, by the Scrum Alliance.

Artur Margonari

Artur Margonari is passionate about Agile. He currently works as Agile Coach consultant at Wemanity Belgium and has more than 4 years experience in practicing and helping companies to be more Agile, to form amazing teams and to deliver great products.

Some of the certifications he holds: CSM, CSPO, CSP, LeSS Practitioner, SAFe Agilist, Lean-Kanban Practitioner, SMC, Management3.0, Agile Facilitator and Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 (Agile Coaching Institute).

Hobbies & passions: guitar, ukulele & harmonica, archery, beer tasting, martial arts and traveling.

Carlos Ferreira

Carlos Ferreira is Scrum master and software developer at Bi-bright, S.A. for the last two years. During this time, he became a strong apologist of the agile way. As a professional, he enjoys challenges and he is passionately pursuing ways to improve himself and his team. Academically, he holds a Masters in computers and telematics engineering and a PhD in computer science, both from the University of Aveiro.
As hobbies he enjoys playing the piano and the guitar, playing football, reading books, trekking and developing mobile games.

Carlos Palminha

Experienced manager of software, technology and innovation projects, teams and organizations. With more than 15 years deploying, leading and managing innovative and agile mindsets, he loves to flourish, refactor and lead projects and organizations in the adoption of methodologies, agility and innovation.

In his willingness to disseminate Software, Product and Innovation leadership, he truly believes that the agile values and mindset adopted by the engineer culture are the major factor to bring together and fill the gap between business and technology.

Cornelius Engelbrecht

Agile practitioner/change agent and gadgeteer
My passion is helping people, teams and organisations foster a culture of continuous improvement where experimenting and embracing change becomes part of their DNA.
I started my career 19 years ago as IT engineer, after some years I flipped over to the dark side namely software development, which led to my discovery of Agile – it was as if a light was turned on and I’ve found my purpose. I’m fascinated by the ingenuity and curiosity of people when it comes to experimenting with finding new ways of doing things.

Cristiano Cunha

Cristiano Cunha is the Automation Team Manager in Farfetch, he is passionate about testing, automation and delivery process improvement. He started his career as a developer and evolved to be a tester, now working for over 7 years in the test area.

His career path having been on both sides of the trenches provided him with a unique view of process and the challenges it puts forward. Having worked in start-ups as well as in multinational corporations, he has closely followed the delivery process evolution and the growing importance of test automation within this process.

Daniel Fonseca

Daniel Fonseca is an Automation Lead Engineer at Rackspace, a new Role created within the company that further highlights the importance of automation within the business. He had been a Lead Engineer for 2 years and was awarded Best Newcomer of the Year 2015 for having created, in his spare time, a PowerShell tool called “Visionaire” that builds a Visio Network Diagram of any customer’s infrastructure.

With 20+ years of experience in the IT industry, having moved from Portugal to the UK is what he considers his best career decision to date.

Public speaking and learning from shared experiences with wide audiences are key drivers in his life.

General sports enthusiast and music lover, he is a particularly keen cyclist and bike evangelist.

Darko Nikolic

Darko (Bachelor of Computer Science, currently studying MBA – Strategic Information Management) is a motivated and passionate IT professional with more than 5 years of software engineering experience. Currently, he is working on multi-site agile project practicing DevOps as a full-stack web developer in Comtrade. He is a big fan of Agile and Scrum and its everyday practitioner. He is certified Scrum master and one of the organizers of ShareIT Sarajevo meetups.

Eduardo Guerra

Eduardo Guerra is researcher in the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in Brasil, where he is the current coordinator of the graduate program in Applied Computing. He was a teacher in one of the most recognized engineering institutes in Brasil, the Institute of Aerospacial Technology (ITA), for 6 years, where he concluded his graduation, mastering and PhD. He is currently developing an on-line specialization course about software design and agile methods in partnership with ITA for the Coursera platform. He was for 7 years the chief-editor of a programming magazine focused on the Java platform called MundoJ and he also have 2 books about software design published in portuguese: “Design Patterns com Java: Projeto orientado a objetos guiado por padrões” and “Componentes Reutilizáveis em Java com Reflexão e Anotações”. His research areas are framework development, software design and architecture, software repository mining, and agile methodologies, which resulted in several papers published in recognized conferences and journals. He participate actively from the patterns community, being a member of the board from Hillside Group.

Eduardo Piairo

Deployment pipeline craftsman always ready to learn new ways to implement Source Control, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery for applications, databases and infrastructure.
Operations engineer/DevOps Agent with automation, collaboration and communication as priorities.
Database administrator with special interest in database changes and data modeling. Recent test enthusiast, integration tests and test automation for applications and infrastructure.
The deployment pipeline it’s my favorite cultural tool. My mission is to relieve the delivery pain inflicted by the agile process, in other words, try to achieve the balance between business and business materialization.

Eduardo Ribeiro

Eduardo Ribeiro is an Agile Coach, Blogger and a previous Agile Project Manager.

He currently leads the International Continuous Improvement Team from Paddy Power Betfair that is distributed across 4 locations (Ireland, Portugal, Romania and United Kingdom).
The team objective and focus is to drive high performance to maximise capability and deliver pace by identifying improvement opportunities, coaching, mentoring and training both teams and individuals. Nevertheless, continue to cultivate and improve the culture of continuous improvement.

Author of the Beyond Lean Agile Blog and Co-Funder of Lean Coffee Portugal Community.

Beyond Lean Agile Blog – https://beyondleanagile.com/

Lean Coffee Portugal Community – http://www.leancoffeeportugal.com/

Filipa Veiga Tavares

Filipa Veiga Tavares is a Designer (Master Degree), working as Scrum Master and UX Designer (Product Strategist) at Bi-Bright since 2014. Previously, she worked as UX and UI Designer, Visual Designer, Teacher and Trainer, Communication Designer and Fashion Designer.

She is an Agile enthusiast, passionate about people, their synergy, behaviours, potential and motivations.

In the last four years, she has been studying and adopting approaches such as Agile, Lean UX and Design Thinking, Motivation and Team Management, Human-Centered Design, UX Strategy, innovative Design processes.

For her, the triangulation “Agile, Lean UX, Design Thinking” is the key to develop simple and innovative digital products and/or services that people (want to) use.

Hugo Lopes

Hugo is a game changer and a collaboration catalyst: he helps individuals, teams and organizations collaborate and thrive together, creating innovative and highly effective projects and solutions

He works as Business, Project and Talent Development at Sngular. He is also a passionate Entrepreneur, Agile Coach and Facilitator and was one of the founders and Chief Operations Officer of a (gourmet) software development and integration company based in Lisbon.

His former company and the projects he has managed have been awarded with several national and international awards. Between 2006 and 2013 he was a member of the board of the Portuguese Project Management Association (APOGEP), and currently a member of the General Assembly Board.

He’s been committed to a personal development journey based on Mindfulness Meditation, Non-violent Communication, and Focusing, tools which he brought to his work contexts and teams.

In the last few years he has studied, practiced and became an ambassador of Art of Hosting – the Art of Participatory Leadership, Sociocracy 3.0 and Bohm Dialogue, tools for evolving effective teams and organisations, based on emotional intelligence, creativity, dialogue, authenticity, connection and co-creation.

Janne Sinivirta

Janne Sinivirta is an agile coach and software development process specialist, software architect, programming language nerd, fitness enthusiast and a proud father of two. He works as Development Director at Unity Technologies. With 18 years in the software industry, he has built and led teams, been responsible for architectural design and software development in business management, healthcare, telecomm, media, interactive television, mobile entertainment and other IT industries. Janne also runs an indie game studio, spending much of his free time developing mobile games.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff is an Agile Coach who considers the discovery of Agile and Lean to be one of the most defining moments of his life, and considers helping others to improve their working life not to simply be a job, but a social responsibility. As an Agile Coach, he has worked with driving Agile transformations in organisations both small and large and has published an open source book on the subject: leanpub.com/actionableagiletools/

Jeff is also involved in the Agile community outside of the work place being one of the founding members of Gothenburg Sweden’s largest agile community at 1000+ memberswww.scrumbeers.com, a community run agile discussion group which he has helped to spread to 3 countries. He also organizes the yearly conference www.brewingagile.org

João Gama

Joao has helped dozens of organizations manage their transformational efforts in multiple industries. Working with individuals, teams and enterprises he helps identify and understand reactive human behavior, their consequences and the potential alternatives. He is among the top most active and highest ranked Lean Change Facilitators worldwide, has been a lecturer at the laSalle Business School (Barcelona) in Cultural Transformation for the past 5 years. An MBA graduate from Babson University with 20+ years of industry experience, Joao is a certified facilitator of Lean Change, Management 3.0, Coaching from the back of the room, Innovation Games, and Lego Serious Play.

João Miranda

João Miranda started his career in 2000, at the height of the dot-com bubble. That enlightening experience led him to the conclusion that agile – and, later, DevOps – practices are the best way to respond to the business needs of almost all organizations. He currently is IT manager at a large portuguese bank, where he helps to remove all friction that may hinder development teams’ fast pace. He also helps organize the DevOps Lisbon meetup.

João Mota

After 17 years in the construction engineering market, I’ve decided to take a leap into the software development industry, which I’ve always been passionate about, since an early age. Grabbing hold of an excellent opportunity to bring on-board years of international business development experience, I’ve joined VOID Software, where I have been happily pursuing new ventures and growth strategies, engaging in contract and project management, and generally participating in the everyday activities of an agile and exciting company that is poised for great achievements!

After many years dealing with the pitfalls and constraints of traditional project management, the shift into an agile mindset brought by this new professional adventure has been an inspiring one, that opened up seemingly limitless opportunities. However, such a shift, regardless of its attractiveness, is not so easily sold to external stakeholders that have have the force of old habits carving deep into their DNA. My challenge has been to evangelize prospects into this new approach, and to lay down foundations for successful projects and lifelong relationships that can stand the test of time that any custom software development project must withstand.

Jutta Eckstein

Jutta works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an Agile transition especially within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. She has published her experience in her books ‘Agile Software Development in the Large’, ‘Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams’, ‘Retrospectives for Organizational Change’, and together with Johanna Rothman ‘Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Real Value in your Project Portfolio’.

Luís Simões

Luís Simões is passionate about facilitating learning, people development and human interactions. His purpose is to inspire people to live meaningful lives and careers.

During the last years as a consultant for many organisations, Luís has developed the desire to understand how to bring people and teams from good to great, with a background on engineering acts with a practical approach to training, coaching and change based on the principles of design thinking.

Founded his last project LemonWorks with the purpose of help organisations to transform their workplaces into great places to work where people feel engaged and meaningful.

Lukasz Olczyk

Business consultant, coach, and trainer, with over a decade of experience in IT management. Worked with teams and individuals across several organizations, industries, and cultures, helping them take advantage of latest developments in approaches and methodologies. Then, following in-depth exposure with marketing and sales teams, he learned to find the way to deliver value on every step along the pipeline.

He favors application of lean principles to blind following of common sense approaches. Regularly shares his knowledge on his blog, lukaszolczyk.com.
As a passionate petrol-head, he believes jogging to be reserved for lunatics only – which explains why you can see him jogging several early mornings each week.

Manuel Pais

Team-first technologist at Skelton Thatcher Consulting. DevOps advocate with a diverse background as developer, build manager and QA lead. Manuel enjoys helping organizations adopt test automation, continuous delivery and cloud, from both technical and human perspectives. He has worked on a range of technologies (Java, .Net, web, mobile) and industries (banking, telecom, legal, defense and aviation). Co-author of the books “Team Topologies” and “Team Guide to Software Releasability“. Also InfoQ DevOps lead editor, co-organizer of DevOps Lisbon meetup. Tweets @manupaisable, blogs at skeltonthatcher.com

Mike Sousa

I adopted, since earlier ages, technology as a way of life; starting as a developer allowed me to go through all stages and levels of software development!

One of my main objectives is transforming Software Engineering into an Art, embracing Agile as a way of Life!

With the focus on improving the current state of software engineering, from a purely traditional and old-style manner onto a truly efficient and human vision way how software should be created, I joined Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the US to get my Master in Software Engineering to deep my knowledge and be able to shift my mind set into the ‘next level’ of software engineering.

“Lead by example!” – Main objective: allow each team member to perform his/her best, grow as a person and a professional, contribute to quality delivers, and have lots of fun while doing it!

Nuno Rafael Gomes

Nuno’s lighthouse, borrowed and adapted from John Maxwell:

“Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn.”

Discover market opportunities, frame and solve problems, build an organization and its business, and delight customers is hard. But even harder is the journey to unlock your inner self.

Your perceptions and internal belief system shape the reality you sense, keeping you alive but blind most of the time. Very often, you must unlearn what you have learned at school and from your past experiences.

In life, to create your own value and uncover your mantra, you must reinterpret yourself and build your own learning path.

Nuno’s self-discovery journey throughout the years connects Agile, Systems and Lean thinking, Kaizen philosophy, Complex Adaptive Systems, and the invisible power of Scrum.

With almost 20 years’ experience playing and learning with different people, teams, and business challenges, Nuno currently works as an independent Lean Agile Coach helping People to achieve their potential, Teams to perform better and Organizations to be nimble.

Nuno is also the founder of Agile Connect®, a platform that encourages and supports the widespread adoption of effective Lean & Agile thinking and practices, and the editor of Serious Learning, an online publication devoted to Lean, Agile, Active Learning, Training & Development and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

Pawel Brodzinski

Pawel Brodzinski is a leader, an organization designer, and a change agent, but most of all he is a constantly experimenting practitioner who helps his teams to work better (and learn in the process).

He leads Lunar Logic, a professional-services web-development company, where he practices what he preaches. This makes working with Lunar Logic an exceptional experience as it is the organization with fully distributed autonomy and no managers.

He shares his thoughts on broadly understood, software project management on his blog. Pawel is passionate about building great teams, creating superb organizational culture, and helping people to grow.

Pedro Gustavo Torres

I’m a Engineering Director @ Talkdesk.

I’m an expert in People, Technology and Product.

I’m passionate about Agile, Scrum and all the practices that enable organizations to deliver early value to their customers. 🙂

I have 10+ years of experience creating and running engineering teams in blue chip companies and also in startups.

Ricardo Amaro

Currently performing Site Reliability Engineering in one of the largest cloud companies in the world of Free Software, Ricardo Amaro had his first contact with open technologies with Linux back in the 90’s. He is also an expert in various tools like Linux, Drupal, Docker, LXC, Solr, Varnish, among several others.
In Portugal he worked both in the public sector and in the private sector, applying Agile techniques and encouraging the DevOps culture. He managed teams, development projects and operations also in South Africa, Germany and the United States. He is passionate about Software Freedom Rights and is a frequent speaker/trainer at IT events.

Ricardo Fernandes

Who am I?
I live In Aveiro (one of the best cities to live in Portugal). I´m a father of two beautiful children and married to a patient woman.
Agile appeared on my life some year ago. Since then, I think that I can´t stop working on agile.
My main goal is to continue to grow as a person and professional. I invest my time learning every day, hour, minutes and seconds.
I’m a person that loves good challenges, it is an excellent opportunity to increase the knowledge. I’m a team worker, that enjoys the interaction between persons and teams.
I believe that happiness in work is the future, that’s why I try every day to spread happiness at work.

Now the professional point of view… I have a degree in “Mathematics Applied and Computing” and a Master degree in “Artificial Intelligence and Computer”. I worked in University Aveiro (6 years) and  PT Innovation (7 years) before I went to Bi-Bright. My role here is Product Owner on several products.

Ricardo Tomé

My career started in 2003 and I have been performing roles mainly as Lean\Agile Coach, Scrum Master and Programme\Project Manager.

I have been an enthusiastic Lean and Agile practitioner since 2006. Since 2012, I have been helping several clients in the UK in their Lean and Agile journey.

I feel passion about helping organizations and teams to deliver products customers really need\want. My main goal is to achieve the right balance between inspiring people and providing them with pragmatic techniques to deliver value.

I delivered critical and complex products mostly for clients in finance, government, healthcare, telecommunications and aviation.

In a nutshell, I am a passionate leader by example with a strong track record of delivery in both small and big organizations.

Tiago Palhoto

Tiago Palhoto is currently an Agile Coach and methodologist at the European Commission, Brussels. He started his “Agile adventure” in 2001, when came across RUP for the first time. Since then, as a Project Manager and Process engineer, he always tried to look not only for new and more efficient ways to get the work done but also to optimize teams performance. With almost 15 years of experience in Software development processes, the acquired experience as Project Manager, Business Analyst, Tester and System analyst, gives him the necessary tools to help teams and organizations to embrace agility, especially through the use of SCRUM. An Agilist by nature, a generalist by option, he values trust and commitment in everything that he does. He’s a leader and he always try to inspire people to give their best as individuals but also as a team. With 17 years of experience in IT, he’s passionate about the entire software development process. The final result ends with him trying to help anyone to understand the importance of being agile and to become an agilist