• Linda Rising Author, Consultant and Public Speaker
  • Stephen Carver Lecturer, Consultant, and Public Speaker
  • Naresh Jain Hands-on geek, Technology and Process Expert
  • Johannes BrodwallCode Empowerment Evangelist
  • Thushara Wijewardena Certified SAFe Program Consultant and Chief Project Officer in Exilesoft

Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work. Linda is an internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, agile development approaches, and the change process.

Twitter: @RisingLinda
Find more information about Linda at www.lindarising.org

Stephen is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools. He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme Change and Crisis Management and being able to distil them down, into highly informative and fun lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, Project Management Company. Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. Stephen is a well-known speaker in many conferences all around the world, such as Airmic Conference 2014, Norwegian Project Zone 2013 and Agile Business Conference etc.

Twitter: @CarverStephen

A hands-on techie, Naresh is a globally recognized leader in eXtreme Programming. Currently Naresh is building two lean-startups in India. Part of his time is also dedicated to help Software companies as an Agile/Lean Coach/Consultant. From Organizational Transformation to enhanced Developer productivity, Naresh helps organizations embrace, scale and sustain essential Agile and Lean thinking.

Naresh was the Chair for the Agile India 2012 Conference, largest conference on Agile and Lean in Asia. He founded the Agile Software Community of India (ASCI) in 2004. He is responsible for creating and organizing various international conferences including the Simple Design And Testing Conference (SDTConf) and Agile Coach Camp.

In recognition of his accomplishments, in 2007 the Agile Alliance awarded Naresh with the Gordon Pask Award for contributions to the Agile Community.

Johannes possesses a unique combination of technical know-how, marketing impact and inspirational leadership. He trains distributed teams and contributes to projects halfway across the world, and enjoys starting and contributing to projects as a programmer, sharing knowledge and helping others build their own career.

He is an active contributor to the programmer community in Oslo and Sri Lanka and a veteran speaker in Norway and abroad. Johannes is a top contributor to Agile USA, NDC, Java Zone, Agile Prague and many other (agile) related software conferences.

Thushara has been leading geographically distributed software teams over 12 years. During that time she has employed a variety of traditional and Agile processes. As the Chief Project Officer of Exilesoft, Thushara enjoys her day-to-day work with a large pool of technical specialists and a diversified clientele/integrated teams distributed in Norway, Australia and Sweden. Her experience in speaking at International conferences can be found here : www.contextready.com/events

  • Srinath PereraWSO2 Director, Research
  • Dilan Perera Chief Technology Officer, Innovative-e
  • Indika Maligaspe Head Of Technology and Engineering, Reservations Gateway Private Limited
  • Aruna Dissanayake Senior Director of Engineering, Intel Software (Pvt) Ltd
  • Gogula G. Aryalingam MVP, Technical Architect at Navantis

Srinath Perera, is a director of research at WSO2 Inc., where he overlooks the overall WSO2 platform architecture with the CTO. He is a co-founder of Apache Axis2, a member of the Apache Software foundation, and a member of the Apache Web Service Project Management Committee. Srinath also serves as a research scientist at the Lanka Software Foundation and teaches as visiting faculty at the University of Moratuwa. He is a frequent technical speaker and author of many academic and technical publications. He has authored two books “Hadoop Cookbook” and “Instant MapReduce Patterns.

Dilan has been involved in Agile software delivery for the last 5 years as a software architect. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Innovative-e.

Indika has been in the Software Industry for almost 14 years, wearing many hats from Developer, Engineer, Senior Engineer , Architect , Manager to Head Of Technology and Engineering. He is a passionate technologist who is spearheading the company's technology front.

Aruna is a technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience in delivering multimillion dollar solutions. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a First Class Honours degree in Computer Engineering from University of Moratuwa. As the Senior Director of Engineering, at Intel Software (Pvt) Ltd, Aruna is responsible for the custom development for Service Providers.

Aruna has over 20 years experience in software engineering, including Project Manager for number of large scale projects across Europe and USA, a Development Manager, Technical Leader and a Software Engineer, where he was responsible for developing enterprise applications for USA based customers.

Gogula is a SQL Server MVP since 2008 and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Business Intelligence. He possesses 13 years of industry experience, where he designs and builds business intelligence solutions among others.

Gogula has been involved in developing and evaluating SQL Server 2008 and 2012 certification exams for Microsoft as a Subject Matter Expert, and has also authored a chapter in the book titled SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, Vol 2.

He is a founder of the technical communities SQLServerUniverse.com and SQL Server Sri Lanka User Group, where he regularly speaks on database and business intelligence topics. Gogula has delivered several technical presentations at TechInsights – Penang, Malaysia in 2010, a community conference organized by the Microsoft technical communities of Malaysia (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/malaysia), and SQLSaturday #180 – Kathmandu, Nepal in 2012, a SQL Server training event that is held on a global scale (http://sqlsaturday.com).

  • Shahani WeerawaranaCo-Founder, President and
    CTO, Auxenta Inc
  • Sinnathamby Shanmugarajah Director - Mobile Architecture WSO2
  • Chinthaka Dissanayake Tech Lead, Exilesoft
  • Shanaka Rabel Director - Enterprise Architecture Oracle Corporation Singapore Pte. Ltd
  • Julian HartyIndependent Consultant

Shahani's professional career has spanned many interesting roles, including being an educator, engineer, technopreneur and researcher. She is currently the Founder/CEO of Emojot and the Co-founder/CTO of Auxenta. Her previous roles include being a senior lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, the CTO at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, the Head of Engineering at Virtusa - Sri Lanka, a principal engineer at Prescient Markets, USA and a consultant at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA. As a researcher, she has more than 50 academic publications and has supervised more than 50 MBA, MSc, and undergraduate research projects.

Shan specializes in mobile technology with over a decade of experience in that field. He has a strong background in telecommunication software development and has a great passion for coding in Android and iOS platforms. Works at WSO2 as the Director, Mobile Architecture, where he leads the mobile team in building a suite of open source software to solve the enterprise mobile first challenge. Prior to joining WSO2, he was working as the CTO/Director of Microimage Mobile Media. He played a key role in engineering products, where Microimage has won many local & international awards which includes winning the inaugural GSMA Asia Mobile Innovation Award, commendation from GSMA at the Barcelona World Awards in 2007, Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA), National Science & Technology Awards (Sri Lanka).

Chinthaka is a .NET Tech lead at Exilesoft with over 6 years of Enterprise Software Development Experience. Being a First Class Honors Degree holder (BSc Engineering) from University of Moratuwa, and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, he works as a Tech Lead at Exilesoft for a Scandinavian Client, operating in the Education industry. Chinthaka has been a pioneer on Windows Phone App development since its first release in 2010 and he is an expert on Windows Store Apps as well.

Shanaka has worked in the Telecommunications domain both as a supplier and as a part of a provider. With his engineering and management background he has developed a skill set to work in the Management, managing information centric support systems and processes for decision support. He has experience in leading a team of professional Business Intelligence experts to develop Business Analytics capabilities, systems and infrastructure to bring in best in class Decision Support systems for the business leaders and managing large scale IT projects, along with design and development of Telco BSS / OSS systems for the GSM / VoIP / 3G services.

Julian has been working in technology since 1980 and over the years has held an eclectic collection of roles and responsibilities, including: The first software test engineer at Google outside the USA, where he worked on areas such as mobile testing, AdSense, and Chrome OS, a main board company director in England for a mix of companies involved in technology including software development, recruitment software, eCommerce, etc., running the systems and operations for the European aspects of Dun & Bradstreet's Advanced Research and Development company, creating and leading a small specialist software testing company called CommerceTest Limited in 1999 and more. Currently his works independently as a consultant on software engineering. He works on open-source projects, for instance http://code.google.com/u/julianharty https://github.com/julianharty and https://sourceforge.net/u/julianharty/profile/ He is also passionate about improving peoples' lives through the use of appropriate mobile technologies.

  • Aruna PremasiriTechnical Consultant, Hitachi Data Systems
  • Imran VilcassimCountry Manager at Microsoft Sri Lanka

Aruna has been in IT as an end customer engineer, partner (value added reseller) engineer and channel (value added distributor) pre-sales & technical sales in systems & storage technologies. His current work is technical consulting & solution delivery based in Sri Lanka under Hitachi Data Systems - ASEAN Emerging Markets team. He is specialized as a Hitachi Data Systems Certified Professional, Brocade Certified SAN Manager, Novell Data Center Technical Specialist, Novell Certified Linux Administrator - 11, Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris 10 OS, Sun Certified Partner Field Engineer, Sun Certified System Administrator for Sun Cluster, and Sun Certified - Services Field Delivery Engineer.

Creative and results driven Enterprise Business Director with 12 years of proven experience in Technology Strategy and Enterprise Business Excellence. A success-driven positive thinker and problem solver with high analytical skills and a passion for conceptualizing the Big Picture through Innovative Technology delivery. Skilled at Customer focused Leadership, Strategy Formulation, effective execution of Business Goals and building highly focused teams through motivation. Specialties: Technology Strategy - Enterprise Business Planning & Execution - Corporate Relationships Management - Budget Control - Organization Development - Leadership & Team Building – Technology Strategy and Delivery


Time Agile Track Technical Track Open Track Open Track 2
08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Introduction
09:00 - 10:00 Opening Key note - Linda Rising - Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas
10:00 - 10:30 Tea Break & Networking session 1
10:30 - 12:00 Let's get this project started
Johannes Brodwall
From Oh-Oh to Functional
Naresh Jain
The Power of Retrospection
Linda Rising
Mobile Developer's Guide to the Galaxy
Julian Harty
12:00 - 12:30 Pragmatic Approach For Implementing SAFe™
Thushara Wijewardena
Infrastructure for latency sensitive, highly transactional workloads and peta, exa-scale data repositories
Aruna Premasiri
So you want to be a Software Engineer
Indika Maligaspe
UX Corner
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break - Networking session 2 & 3
14:00 - 15:00 Executable Agile Requirements For Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)
Aruna Dissanayake
Serve Yourself: Self-Service Business Intelligence
Gogula G. Aryalingam
Big Data Analysis : Deciphering the haystack
Srinath Perera
Panel Discussion on TDD
and Pair Programming
15:00 - 16:00 Problem solving techniques
Naresh Jain
Enterprise Mobile Application Development - Different Approaches
Sinnathamby Shanmugarajah
Software in the Cloud: An Architect's Journey
Dilan Perera
JS all the way: Feedback-driven development with NodeJS
Johannes Brodwall
16:00 - 16:20 Tea Break - Networking session 4
16:20 - 16:50 Next Wave of Analytics Using BigData
Shanaka Rabel
Sonar: From subjectivity to objectivity
Chinthaka Dissanayake
Julian Harty
Microsoft approach to Mobile First Cloud First
Imran Vilcassim
16:50 - 17:00 Short Break
17:00 - 18:00 Closing Key note - Stephen Carver - NASA Case Study
18:00 - 18:15 Closure and announcing winners


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