Software Executive Summit

We are still in the process of finalizing speakers for 2017. Check out last year's speaker lineup below.

Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software. Steve is an internationally recognized thought leader on software development best practices. He is the author of several best-selling books, including the highly influential Code Complete, often cited as the most popular software development book of all time. His books have sold more than one million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Steve has served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine, on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project, and as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.


Don ReinertsenJeff Sutherland, CEO, Scrum Inc. Jeff, the inventor and Co-Creator of Scrum, started his career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved Top Gun status in 1967 and flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam.  After 11 years as a pilot, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Medical School where he received his Doctoral degree. As Assistant Professor of Radiology, Biometrics, and Preventive Medicine he co-founded the Center for Vitamins and Cancer Research under the sponsorship of Nobel Laureate Linus.  He has been VP of Engineering and CTO or CEO of eleven software companies. In the first four companies he prototyped Scrum and in the fifth company created Scrum as we now see it used in 74% of Agile software companies in over 100 countries.


Dan North Jeff Atwood, Founder, Discourse.  Jeff lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, two cats, three children, and a whole lot of computers. He was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft BASIC in the 80's, starting with my first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. Jeff is a reasonably experienced web software developer with a particular interest in the human side of software development. In 2004 he began the Coding Horror blog. In 2008 he founded and built, and what would ultimately become the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites, in a joint venture with Joel Spolsky. The Stack Exchange network is now one of the top 150 largest sites on the Internet. In 2013 he began work on the Discourse open-source discussion platform.



Lyssa Adkins Mary Poppendieck, Owner, Poppendieck LLC.  Mary started her career as a process control programmer, moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then ended up in product development, where she was both a product champion and department manager. Mary wrote the award-winning book Lean Software Development in 2003 and followed that with Implementing Lean Software Development in 2006. A popular writer and speaker, Mary continues to publish and bring fresh perspectives to the world of software development.


Paul Duvall Dave Story, VP of Mobile and Strategic Growth, Tableau Software.  Dave’s purpose in life is to bring out the best in those around him. A Silicon Valley veteran, Dave has served as CTO or VP at Lucasfilm, Move, Inc, Adobe, Intuit, and Allegis. He also worked at SGI and HP Labs after completing BS and MS degrees at MIT.

John Medina Gifford Pinchot III, President, Pinchot & Company.  Gifford has been an organic dairy farmer, a blacksmith, an author, an innovation consultant, software CEO, and an angel investor. Gifford is the author of Intrapreneuring, which introduced a new way of fostering innovation by creating space for innovators to express their entrepreneurial spirit within existing organizations. Intrapreneuring has been a bestseller in 15 languages, and Pinchot & Company has served half of the Fortune 100 and helped them to launch over 700 new products and businesses. Mr. Pinchot has received numerous awards, among them, Executive Excellence naming him number 32 among the top 100 leadership thinkers.
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