FlowCon 2013 San Francisco, November 1

Presentation: "Closing Panel"

Time: Friday 17:30 - 18:00 / Location: Robertson 1

FlowCon Program Committee will hold a closing panel discussion.

Elisabeth Hendrickson, Pivotal Labs and FlowCon Program Committee Member

Elisabeth Hendrickson

Biography: Elisabeth Hendrickson


Elisabeth has been involved in software development for a long time: she wrote her first line of code in 1980; moments later, she found her first bug. Since then her career has run the gamut of software development, including programming, testing, test automation, technical writing, quality engineering, and management. She ran a small consultancy from 1997 through 2012. In 2003, she learned how to do Agile for real from Pivotal Labs while working as a tester on one of their projects. Periodically she would go back to Pivotal in order to remember what software development is supposed to feel like. In 2012 she decided it was time to take up permanent residence in the Pivotal offices. She now works on Cloud Foundry, Pivotal's Open Source PaaS, full time.

Gene Kim, Author of "The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps and Helping your Business Win" and FlowCon Program Committee Member

Gene Kim

Biography: Gene Kim

Gene Kim is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire, which commercialized the open source software he wrote in 1992 with Dr. Gene Spafford at Purdue University. He is the author of “The Visible Ops Handbook,” and “The Security Visible Ops Handbook,” which has sold over 200K copies to date. Gene is also the author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win.

Gene’s area of passion is helping companies build super-tribes where Development, IT Operations, Product and Project Management and Information Security simultaneously maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He’s helped some of the largest Internet properties, such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL and Microsoft companies he’s worked with Microsoft. He loves finding and fixing bottlenecks which impede and frustrate the entire organization, enabling management from each tribe to achieve the greater organizational goals.
Twitter: @RealGeneKim

Jez Humble, Author of "Continuous Delivery", Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks / FlowCon Program Committee Member

Jez Humble

Biography: Jez Humble

Jez Humble is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, and author of Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries' Lean series (O'Reilly, 2014). He got into IT in 2000, just in time for the dot-com bust. Since then he has worked as a developer, system administrator, trainer, consultant, manager, and speaker. He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for non-profits, telecoms, financial services, and online retail companies.

Since 2004 he has worked for ThoughtWorks and ThoughtWorks Studios in Beijing, Bangalore, London, and San Francisco. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices in the field of Agile delivery. He also serves as Product Manager for Go, ThoughtWorks Studios agile release management platform. He holds a BA in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University and an MMus in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies,University of London.

Twitter: @jezhumble
Personal blog: http://jezhumble.net/
Github: http://github.com/jezhumble/javasysmon
Book: Continuous Delivery (Addison Wesley, 2010)
Company website: http://studios.thoughtworks.com

John Esser, Director of Engineering Productivity, Ancestry.com and FlowCon Program Committee Member

John Esser

Biography: John Esser

John is currently the Director of Engineering Productivity and Agile Development at Ancestry.com. His team’s mission is to accelerate engineering’s ability to deliver value to the customer. He is the architect of Ancestry’s transformation to Agile development and continuous delivery. John has more than 25 years software development experience working for such companies as IBM, Corel, Callware Technologies, and Control4. His spare time is gobbled up by his beautiful wife, four teenage sons, reading lots of books, and fly-fishing for trout on the Provo River.

Lane Halley, Product Designer, Carbon Five and FlowCon Program Committee Member

Lane Halley

Biography: Lane Halley

Lane Halley uses lean design & agile development methods to create Web & mobile products. Prior to joining Carbon Five, Lane worked as a UX coach and trainer (LUXr), an in-house design manager (Liquidnet), an agency designer (Cooper, Hot Studio) a director of User Experience (SenSage) and a video game producer (Mindscape/Electronic Arts).

Lane seeks to blend the best practices of UX, agile and Lean Startup methods. She was the UX track host for QconSF 2012 and co-chair of the User Experience stage at Agile 2009. Lane is a frequent collaborator with Lean Startup Machine, Los Angeles StartupWeekend and StartupUCLA as a speaker and mentor. Recent speaking engagements include Agile UX NYC and the Michigan Lean Startup Conference

An active member of her professional community, Lane is a long-term participant in the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and a founding member of Balanced Team, a working group of software professionals who promote multidisciplinary collaboration around customer value and iterative design and delivery as an engine for innovation.

For more information, you can read her blog "The Apprentice Path" or follow her on twitter.