Software Executive Summit

The keynote speakers for the 2018 Software Executive Summit are being selected. Learn about last year's speakers below.

Last Year's Speakers


Speaker Bios

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.


Dantar Oosterwal

 Dantar Oosterwal, Author, The Lean Machine Dantar Oosterwal, Author, The Lean Machine: How Harley-Davidson Drove Top-line Growth and Profitability with Revolutionary Lean Product Development. In response to the ineffectiveness of linear stage gate development practices, Dantar pioneered the application of Lean principles to product development in western business. As the Director of Product Development for Harley-Davidson, this effort resulted in 50% reduction in development lead time and a 4-fold throughput improvement while maintaining a quality level of 98% repurchase intent. As the Vice President of Innovation for Sara Lee, Dantar once again applied these principles in leading the creation and implementation of Sara Lee's global Innovation process resulting in 35% improvement in R&D efficiency and 5 fold increase in revenue from new products.

The US council on Global Competitiveness identifies that Innovation is the primary source of value for US companies and American workers. Dantar is committed to promoting Knowledge-Based product development and openly sharing what he has learned to contribute to the advancement of companies' ability to innovate. More information is available at; .

Dantar holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


April Mills April Mills, Author, Everyone is a Change Agent April K. Mills is the author of Everyone is a Change Agent: A Guide to the Change Agent Essentials. April is an engineer by trade and a tireless change agent by calling. Her experience ranges from effecting change in large government/military organizations to global tech giants to local community organizations. April has been a featured keynote speaker in Europe, Asia, Central America and across the United States. She is mother of four children and has been recognized as a YWCA Woman of Achievement for expanding community access to quality child care. Check out her blog,, where April shares her passion for creating positive change, outlining ways that anyone can drive change for themselves, their organizations, and their communities.


Gary HallGary McLean Hall, Author, Adaptive Code: Agile Coding with Design Patterns and SOLID Principles. Gary McLean Hall is an experienced software developer and architect, specializing in patterns and practices. He has worked with numerous agile teams that have maintained a strong focus on creating code that is adaptive to change. He has worked for companies such as Eidos, Xerox, Nephila Capital Ltd., and The LateRooms Group. His focus is balancing the delivery of a software product and the quality of its source code. Gary is also the founder of Igirisu Ltd, a software consultancy, and co-founder & CTO of Dynamic Path Ltd.


scott berkun Scott Berkun, Author, The Myths of Innovation Scott Berkun, a former UX leader and design evangelist, is now a bestselling author and popular speaker on creativity, philosophy, culture, business and many other subjects. He’s the author of seven popular books, including The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants. His work has appeared, or been mentioned, in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, National Public Radio and other media. He taught creative thinking at the University of Washington, was a co-host of CNBC’s The Business of Innovation TV show, and has appeared as an expert on various subjects on CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. He’s also the MC and speaker coach for Ignite Seattle, and the director of the short film We Make Seattle.

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