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Susan Elliott SimSusan Elliott Sim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences University of California, Irvine

Susan is focused on the production of long-lived research results that deepen our understanding of software engineering as a technology that is used by people and as a technology that affects people. She also focuses on training students to become great minds who contribute to society as engaged citizens and as innovative workers who are prepared for the future.
Her area of research is software engineering, in particular, tools that help software developers understand source code. She takes an empirical approach, meaning that she studies software developers to determine what technology is needed, how to build the technology, and whether we have built the technology correctly. Much of her research has been concerned with using benchmarking to validate research results and to advance research in scientific communities.
Her other areas of interest are research methodology, interoperability of reverse engineering tools, and software process for small business. For more information see her pages on research and papers

Diana Larsen sparks the creation of workplaces where productive teams focus on frequent delivery of high value software and display resilience in times of change. Drawing on fifteen+ years of experience working with technical professionals, Diana consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish.

Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! She writes articles and blog posts at .

Current chair, Agile Alliance Board of Directors, Diana co-founded the "Agile Open Northwest" conference and has facilitated Open Space conferences around the world for over 15 years.

As a consultant, Diana discovers solutions and possibilities where others find only barriers and obstacles.

Jonathon Golden Jonathon Golden is the owner of Seiryoku Zenyo, Inc. He has over 15 years experience in software development and architecture, project management, mentoring and consulting. As an Agile coach and Agile Team Leader Jonathon has instructed and guided technical, project and product management staff on successfully applying agile engineering (XP) and project management (Scrum) practices. He has worked with a variety of established companies such as Microsoft Corporation, Cingular Wireless, Pacific Life, Amdocs and Fidelity as well as a several small to medium sized companies and start ups.

David LokietzDavid Lokietz is the founder and a principle in Pleiades Management Group. He began his career in 1983 implementing financial and payroll software applications. Since then he has participated in a breadth of IT fields including custom software development, eCommerce, infrastructure, ERP, and CRM.
Since 2007 he has focused his efforts to Agile focused projects. He is a certified Scrum Master providing Agile Coaching for project, product and release management. He strives to build cohesive, collaborative and high performing teams.
Beginning in 2008 he has given time to nonprofit initiatives and developing a scalable and adaptable approach for future non-profits. He has focused his efforts mainly on Mariposa Women and Family Center's transformation to Agile.


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