More than just a conference!

Agile Days Riga

  • June 17-21, 2019
  • Radisson Blu Daugava
  • 250+ Participants
  • 20+ Speakers
  • 5 Awesome Days

Welcome to Agile Day Week Riga 2019!

Agile Day Riga 2019 preparation

This year we have prepared something special for you:

What is Agile Day Riga?

Our goal is to enable and nurture Agile community in Latvia with focus on: collaboration, information sharing, discussions, and, as an agile community, to enable self-organization. ADR is:

  • Completely non-profit.
  • Organised for over seven years without a need of formal structures or management
  • Is all about practitioners which actully work Agile and Lean.
  • Since 2011, volunteers from Agile Latvia network have organized annual (un-)conferences to meet old and new friends, to exchange opinions and learn or share.

Agile Day Riga
Open Space

What is Open Space?

It is an agenda-less event where people come together and create agenda together under specific theme to learn from each other in small groups. Items on the agenda can be pretty much anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc.

Be prepared to be surprised on June 21!

You can find more details about Open Space format here.

What is Scrum Alliance User Group?

Training and certification is the initial step on your journey, but joining a user group is just as important. User groups help you stay current on best practices, share experiences and knowledge. You also earn 16 SEUs this year too, just don't forget to register those toward your certification through events organized by User Groups.

Official Scrum Alliance User Group
Agile Latvia

What is Agile Latvia?

Agile Latvia is a community with a goal to spread information about Agile practices amongst Latvian software development professionals and industry newcomers. Scrum Alliance User Groups number in the hundreds and are located around the world. Agile Latvia is the one near you and we are happy to help you!

Coaching Clinic

Join it any time during the conference. It is a way to get help with challenges you’ve faced on your way to Agility.

Organized by Accenture | SolutionsIQ the leading business agility transformation consultancy. We guide our clients to become adaptive, fast-learning businesses – capable of rapidly delivering customer value and innovation for competitive advantage.

Coaching Clinic

Gold Sponsor


Accenture is a leading global company providing strategy, consulting, digital and technology services and solutions, more than 469 000 employees serve clients in 120 countries. We take an innovation-led approach to help clients “imagine and invent” their future with the help of any leading-edge technology. We are No. 1 employer in IT sector in Latvia having more than 1500 IT professionals on board. Being an Agile for Accenture Latvia goes beyond technology delivery, permeating the whole organizational structure, processes, leadership style, governance and innovation. Visit us

Silver Sponsors

Scrum Alliance

Become part of something bigger than you alone. Founded in 2001, Scrum Alliance® is the largest, most established and influential professional membership and certification organization in the Agile community. Scrum Alliance® is a nonprofit association, having certified more than 450,000 individuals worldwide. Its vision is to 'Transform the World of Work' with a mission to guide and inspire individuals, leaders, and organizations with practices, principles, and values that create workplaces that are joyful, prosperous, and sustainable. Come sprint with us at


In a rapidly changing world, every bit of information can be used to provide new value. Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. Our culture aims to empower employees to positively influence their own work, to create a transparent working environment and enhance collaboration and innovation both internally as well as with our customers and ecosystems. To find out more, visit

Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming is the leading provider of video-streamed award-winning live games, working with more top-tier brand than any other provider in this market and with a global presence across 13 countries. We are seeking for new colleagues to join our growing team of 300+ bright and talented engineers working in Riga, Tallinn and Amsterdam. We strongly believe in functional programming on the Scala platform and agile development, using technologies such as Akka (including Persistence, Streams & HTTP), Slick and Scala.js. We also enjoy using React, Redux and TypeScript and value pragmatic developers who undertake constructive code-reviews. If you are interested in talking to us about this, visit our booth!


Technologies and entertainment – Tet comprises both of these worlds into a modern enterprise, shaping and leading digital progress. The company's two core business lines are represented by two brands: the technology and corporate brand Tet and the entertainment brand Helio. Internet, technology and smart solutions, e.g. Tet electricity, cloud services, Data centres, CLAARA are under the Tet brand. While entertainment services - Helio iTV, Helio VTV, Shortcut, e-sports, etc. is at the Helio brand.

Info Sponsors

Conference Schedule

Day 1 - June 20

9:00 - 9:30; Next to Daugava 1+2 - Registration + coffee

9:30 - 10:00; Daugava 1+2 - Opening

10:00 - 10:45; Daugava 1+2 - Agility at Scale
Ilja Pavlichenko

10:45 - 11:15; Next to Daugava 1+2 - Coffee break

11:15 - 12:00; Daugava 1
The Language of Outcomes
Dragan Jojic
11:15 - 12:00; Daugava 2
Cost Of Delay
Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis
11:15 - 12:00; Casino
Kanban. Feel the spirit of Kaizen - PART #1
Yehor Kachanov and Zoia Shupletsova

12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 1
From Confusion to Transparency
Arturs Gedvillo
12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 2
DevOps Transformations: Tools vs Culture
Andrey Adamovich

12:45 - 13:45; Hotel's restaurant - Lunch

13:45 - 14:30; Daugava 1+2 - Iterating towards Professional Scrum
Roland Flemm

14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 1
The Wisdom is Inside. Laws of Nature in Team Development
Artur Chernikau and Elena Zlygosteva
14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 2
Back to the Roots
Edgars Kalva and Vladimirs Silin
14:30 - 15:15; Casino
Advanced Communication with Liberating Structures by Chewbacca and Leia - PART #1
Vladimir Ivanov and Marija Maijere

15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 1
Unlocking Business Agility
Howard Johnson
15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 2
Stop believing in magic and change your organisation!
Heldin Rikk and Kaspar Eding

16:15 - 16:45; Next to Daugava 1+2 - Coffee break

16:45 - 17:30; Daugava 1+2 - Past, present and future of Agility from an Integral perspective
Angel Diaz-Maroto

17:30 - 17:45; Daugava 1+2 - Day one wrap-up

Day 2 - June 21

9:00 - 9:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Morning coffee

09:30 - 10:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - When inspiration becomes imitation… lessons from the coaching trenches
Evelyn Tian

10:15 - 12:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Open Space
Speakers and Participants

12:15 - 13:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Stand-up Lunch

13:15 - 14:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Biology of Powerful Powerless Leader
Anna Obukhova

14:00 - 14:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Coffee break

14:15 - 17:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Open Space sessions - continue
Speakers and Participants

17:00 - 17:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor - Conference closing

Detailed Conference schedule

Day 1 - June 20

Registration + coffee (9:00 - 9:30; Next to Daugava 1+2)

Opening (9:30 - 10:00; Daugava 1+2)

Agility at Scale (10:00 - 10:45; Daugava 1+2)

A common view is that scaling Agile is a change for teams only. Therefore, the focus is primarily on changing development teams, while the system of management, the organisational structure and policies remain the same. At the heart of agile organizations are self-managing teams that solve client needs. This is radically different than the standard way of organizing teams, where teams deliver only a small part of the clients’ needs. Management faces the task to redesign the organization so that agility at scale becomes possible. Typically this means: Organizing around your product to optimize for solving customer needs. Developing teams that are able to deliver products that meet business objectives and market needs. Moving to a management system that values adaptability and learning over control and predictability. Scaling Scrum requires more than improving at the team level, it requires focus to optimize the whole of product development. From my point of view the question organizations should ask is: How can we change and simplify the organizational design to become really Agile instead of putting Agile famethods on top of the current structures?

Ilja Pavlichenko

Ilja Pavlichenko

New words 'Agile' and 'Scrum' entered my vocabulary in 2006. This year can be marked as the start of my battle against old Waterfall and Command and Control thinking in IT industry. I don’t consider myself an Agile evangelist, I’m just an Agile pragmatic. I'm convinced that Agile and Scrum is the more effective and suitable approach for IT. An active participant of Agile Community Love studying and reading a lot First trainer in Russia Founder of Scrum Day conference Founder of Scrum Russia and Inspired By Agile meetups Father of 2 beautiful children Solo guitarist and powerlifter In a bloody battles for the Agile clearness received the following certifications: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Professional Scrum Master I (PSMI) Professional Scrum Master II (PSMII) Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) Practice, practice... and even more practice - the main motto of mine.

Coffee break (10:45 - 11:15; Next to Daugava 1+2)

The Language of Outcomes (11:15 - 12:00; Daugava 1)

For the past 20 years, the Agile community has been trying to improve the world of work. However, while working in new ways, we continue to use the old language. For example, we talk about product/sprint backlogs and ceremonies, and “…doing twice the work in half the time”. It is hardly surprising then to hear the people we have been supporting on their change journey say that it’s all the same as before. We should change this perception by learning and using the language of outcomes to consistently remind ourselves, as individuals, teams and organisations, why we are here, what our purpose is and what we are trying to achieve. From our purpose, to outcomes, fresh insights, and back again - we will introduce to you “Wholehearted Delivery”. The model consists of three complementary perspectives: creation of value, enhancing fitness and alignment with purpose. We look forward to your input to help us evolve our model and make it more useful.

Dragan	Jojic

Dragan Jojic

Dragan is a change agent, coach and trainer with 35 years of experience. Over the last 15 years, he has been focusing on Agile and business change consulting and coaching and has worked with a multitude of clients in insurance, retail banking, online gaming and many other industries. His specialist area of interest is organisational agility and the type of culture and leadership required to support it. Dragan is an independent coach as well a founding partner of BeLiminal (, an interdependent ecosystem of experts in Lean, Agile and Systems coaching.

Cost Of Delay (11:15 - 12:00; Daugava 2)

Generally we want to control things. We want to know how long things will take and how much effort will be needed. There are ways how to achieve that - we lock architect in a room and he comes with results. He’s the expert! Just for any case we put 20% contingency on top to be safe. And then negotiate down the price to fit the budget. Later PM makes a plan what to do in what order, calls it project and team starts work. Simple, isn’t it? That’s what everyone does, so it should be correct... We’ll look into classical estimation and planning techniques and why they don’t work. We’ll investigate why all projects fail and look into musings of one of Agile fathers, Donald G. Reinertsen, and his approach to so called Cost of Delay. We need to talk about projects versus products as well. Finally, You’ll get a chance to try this out by yourself and have some fun!

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

I believe there is no single me. While being technician and problem solver in my heart, during last 6-7 years I have been very much interested in group psychology and therapy. Some 5 years I spent doing a lot of acting and directing in theatre. In March of 2018 I started building my own theatre troupe. Luckily my role in company gives me the opportunity to try out different methods and experiment with culture and hierarchies. I hate reading books but currently that’s the only way how to open my mind for new ideas.

Kanban. Feel the spirit of Kaizen - PART #1 (11:15 - 12:00; Casino)

We are faster, even if we are not working at full speed. - We have enough time for work for which we normally never have time. - We become more predictable when we set limits for ourselves. - When everything has priority, then nothing has priority. - The later we start the work, the better it is for the customer. - Local optimization results in global sub-optimization. Sounds interesting and not so intuitive, isn't it? We are waiting for you in our flow experiment. Let's feel the difference between the two work systems: Push vs Pull; discuss how Kanban practices can improve your current system and ways of working ( … even Scrum).

Yehor Kachanov

Yehor Kachanov

Kanban Sensei from Accenture. He helps to unlock the creative power of teams and organizations to transform uncertainty into opportunity through evolutionary steps and by helping to create a new way of working.

Zoia Shupletsova

Zoia Shupletsova

Agile Coach, Accenture Latvia with 10 years of experience in Agile. My mission is bringing out the best in individuals, teams and companies by balancing coaching with mentoring, teaching and facilitating.

From Confusion to Transparency (12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 1)

Arturs will talk about a case study which vividly illustrates how a software project can fail big-time if wrong approach is used for business transformation and software development and implementation. This story will take you through 2 years of the project life. It all started as a phased Waterfall and transformed into Scrum. Do you want to find out how and why? During this journey you will have a chance to witness confusion, stubbornness, dissatisfaction. It will be topped with a touch of Agile cargo cult. The story will finish with transparency and team happiness, while leaping into beautiful scrum implementation with co-located team and a room full with visualized valuable information for radical transparency.

Arturs Gedvillo

Arturs Gedvillo

Your host of this journey is a project manager and PM supervisor in business automation and Enterprise Resource Planning, warehouse management, manufacturing planning and retail software implementation projects. He has strong experience with Waterfall (16+ years) and Agile (3+ years) approaches. Currently Arturs as a consultant is helping organizations to improve their business productivity by transforming people, processes and technologies using best coaches, tools and practices available.

DevOps Transformations: Tools vs Culture (12:00 - 12:45; Daugava 2)

SysAdmins are obsolete, we need more DevOps engineers! Or do we? In this talk, the author will give several use cases from his personal experience helping organizations to implement DevOps initiatives and automation of software delivery and testing. Why technology X is not what you need right now Why ignoring skills that are already present in the team may be a huge risk Why everything-as-code is an effective approach Why not investing in team member education may be very destructive Why not having time is a bad excuse for not automating Why process improvement effects may not be observable immediately Why cost of automation sometimes is higher than the time invested in writing the scripts

Andrey Adamovich

Andrey Adamovich

Andrey is a software craftsman with many years of experience in different lifecycle phases of software creation. He is passionate about defining good development practices, documenting and presenting architecture, reuse of code and design patterns, profiling and analysis of application performance as well as extreme automation of development and operations activities. At the moment, Andrey works as a free-lance DevOps consultant offering his expertise in implementing DevOps initiatives, selecting automation tooling, switching to infrastructure-as-code and immutable infrastructure and constructing software delivery pipelines. Another Andrey's passion is teaching software automation practices and tooling. His DevOps MasterClass (eXtreme Automation) course has been delivered more than 30 times in various locations in Europe: Austria, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Romania, Estonia, Latvia. Andrey is also a co-founder of DevChampions training centre. Andrey is a frequent speaker at international conferences and local communities. He is one of the leaders of LatCraft - Latvian Software Craftsmanship Community as well as co-founder and organizer of DevTernity conference.

Kanban. Feel the spirit of Kaizen - PART #2 (12:00 - 12:45; Casino)

Workshop from Yehor Kachanov and Zoia Shupletsova continues.

What can be more beautiful than one person working hard? Only two persons working together as one! See description of the workshop above.

Lunch (12:45 - 13:45; Hotel's restaurant)

Iterating towards Professional Scrum (13:45 - 14:30; Daugava 1+2)

The 2019 Scrum Master Trends Report by and the State of Agile 2018 shows numbers that provide insight in the maturity of agile adoptions. More than 80% of the companies claim to be in or below a 'still maturing' level. With Scrum being the industry standard (at least in western Europe it is), these numbers are surprising. In this overview of iterations towards Scrum maturity I describe the characteristics and main challenges to overcome in each maturity stage. This overview might help you as a Scrum Master or leader to assess your current situation and show you a direction in which you might find a solution for the problems you are facing implementing Scrum.

Roland Flemm

Roland Flemm

Roland Flemm is a product development consultant. He works as a consultant on large and small scale Scrum adoptions, he is a Professional Scrum trainer and is a lecturer at international conventions. Roland has a background in application development (.Net and Java) and in infrastructure engineering (IBM WebsPhere & Portal) for over 20 years. Since 2013 he is dedicated to working as a scrum master and LeSS Coach. Roland has a reputation for having a “non compromise agility” style. He regularly publishes articles, is developed scrumcards ( and is the creator of humorist movies (Koos Coach). Roland strongly believes that fun and diversity at the workplace is essential for success.

The Wisdom is Inside. Laws of Nature in Team Development (14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 1)

This lecture would be beneficial for everyone who faces the challenge of team development, motivation and high performance. Teams are complicated, complex structures. They are comprised of individuals with different personalities, biases, strengths, and weaknesses. Leaders are constantly attempting to crack the team driving puzzle. What if all the answers already exist inside your team, and you just need to learn how to hear them? NB: Based on theory of Spiral Dynamics.

Artur Chernikau

Artur Chernikau

An experienced leader from Financial and Shared service industries with passion in defining strategy, leading change, people and organizational development. Leaders today have to find their inner compass, purpose, source of vital energy to be able to respond properly to the challenges of ever changing environment. I believe in a sentence “everything is personal” and I do assist my clients on their change journey towards authentic self.

Elena Zlygosteva

Elena Zlygosteva

Executive Coach at TeamLead, Fellow at Oxford Leadership. Helping leaders and management teams redefine their leadership and strive in the '4th Industrial Revolution' world. Board Member, International Coach Federation, Latvia. My previous experience belongs to Executive Search industry. For 8 years I was responsible for completing search projects on senior-level positions for corporate (mostly international) clients in Automotive, Heavy Industry, FMCG and finance sectors.

Back to the Roots (14:30 - 15:15; Daugava 2)

Implementing Scrum might seem to be all fun and games until you get so high where you finally see, that stakes are much higher and there is no connection to the 'ground flight control'. Are you aware of your flying course and destination? Are all passengers aboard? IRPC unit of Tieto Latvia would like to share their own experience of getting down to the solid ground and coming back to the roots of actual values of Agile.

Edgars Kalva

Edgars Kalva

Team Lead & Scrum Master, Sports Psychology Coach, and Challenge Enthusiast Milestones, challenges, up's and down's ... all of those are, everywhere - in business or high-performance sports. More to - emotion, which is one of the performance drivers. Emotion creates a drive, bottlenecks, positive or negative self-esteem. Then, how do You control them? I've started my journey in IT as ICT Engineer. After, successfully transformed to Project Manager in IT and later on, switching to Agile and Coaching.

Vladimirs Silin

Vladimirs Silin

Evergreen Scrum Master with years of experience Scrum Master with 8+ years in software development from designing and handling blueprints of new solutions to leading projects with hundreds of thousand end-users all over the globe. Sounds braggy, but it's true. I entered into software development field from technical documentation and requirement analysis, continued to product delivery management and the journey goes on leveraging agile practices in team leading and project coordination.

Advanced Communication with Liberating Structures by Chewbacca and Leia - PART #1 (14:30 - 15:15; Casino)

- Did you came across situations when the same people speak majority of the time? - Do you find difficult keeping attention at the constant high level throughout the meeting? - Are you always happy with decision making process and your involvement? Five conventional structures (practices) guide the way we organize routine interactions and how groups work together: presentations, managed discussions, open discussions, status reports and brainstorm sessions. Liberating Structures add 33 more options to the big five conventional approaches. During this interactive workshop we will be trying out these new practices and will be learning with fun! Princess Leia and Chewbacca are coming to Riga! They are coming to liberate us! People are sitting at their computers and are silent, people are sitting at the meetings and majority are silent too. It looks like we are unlearning to talk, agree and communicate... Leia brought us a secret weapon - liberating structures. Let's come together in the after lunch session and get armed to teeth! ...and have some fun :)

Vladimir Ivanov

Vladimir Ivanov

Optimus Prime of the team. Now is Agile Coach in BP (British Petroleum) in the AGT region (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey).

Marija Maijere

Marija Maijere

Agiletransformer girl. Special skill: can transform events into games and adventures. Empathy lvl98.

Unlocking Business Agility (15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 1)

Holistic transformation in uncertain times.

Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Seasoned Leader of Product Management, IT software development and Digital Servicing. 20+ years of experience leading global teams responsible for Large Program transformation specializing in Financial Services, Commercial and B2B services. Significant experience with business transformation and scaled agile practices. Developed customer-centric solutions, and large global programs of change. Led teams of product managers, IT Directors, engineers, Business and Technical architects, Project Managers and analysts responsible for all aspects of product development from concept to realization across global lines of business. I'm pretty adept at quickly finding the core problem, coming up with ideas and then collaborating with others to figure out a way forward. I'm a change agent who believes in authenticity and getting things done.

Stop believing in magic and change your organisation! (15:15 - 16:15; Daugava 2)

Evolution in technology is changing the game in every industry - this is not news to any business. Predicting market demand and satisfying customer expectation is becoming gradually more and more complex task. To improve strategy execution capabilities - to be faster and more adaptive - companies adopt agile frameworks. These transitions are often painful and in many cases lack the desired business impact. This talk is about the 'Elephant in the room' - how we pick the methods that are convenient to adopt and dismiss the change that is really needed to move the needle. Agile is not an IT thing!

Heldin Rikk

Heldin Rikk

Heldin Rikk and Kaspar Eding have more than a decade of experience in adopting agile methodologies in finance, banking, logistics, hardware manufacturing and communication industries. They have taken several organisations through an agile transition, built new agile organisations and most importantly delivered several successful products on the way.

Kaspar Eding

Kaspar Eding

In search for know-how on implementation challenges, Heldin and Kaspar have found themselves in consulting organisations and presenting the challenges in conferences. They claim to have found a cultural offset that holds organisations back from harnessing the benefits of agile. Their story is based on engineering success, but they talk about why organisations often still consider agile frameworks to be not suitable for them.

Advanced Communication with Liberating Structures by Chewbacca and Leia - PART #2 (15:15 - 16:15; Casino)

Coffee break (16:15 - 16:45; Next to Daugava 1+2)

Past, present and future of Agility from an Integral perspective (16:45 - 17:30; Daugava 1+2)

Understanding context is a key factor to set expectations, define appropriate strategies and achieve results in any kind of initiative. The Agile movement started 18 years ago with a simple sentence 'We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it'. Now the Agile movement grew way beyond software offering a new perspective to all kinds of organisations and businesses. To ensure the success of Agile initiatives, is critical for Agile professionals, enthusiasts and curious people to not only explore Agile but understand the Agility phenomenon itself. As a first step, many questions need to be clearly and consistently answered: What’s the difference between Agile software development and Business Agility? Why does it start in software? Why now? What’s next? Why organisations struggle implementing Agile? How can we make Agility happen? What does it really mean? As a result of my more than 13 years of experience helping organisations from more than 30 countries to implement Agile. I’ll give my answer to all this questions from a systemic perspective, based on the Integral theory, in the service of a pragmatic approach to understanding the Agility phenomenon. Furthermore I’ll explain a simple and practical tool for organisational management to design their own strategic planning and goals setting standards and enhance Agility.

Angel Diaz-Maroto

Angel Diaz-Maroto

Angel is a very energetic Agile coach who truly enjoys challenges. Putting in place Lean and Agile concepts and practices in very complex environments is his specialty and passion. As an Agile coach, trainer, and mentor, he’s supported several multinational organizations in their Agile journeys during the last 10 years. Throughout his over 18 years of experience in IT Angel has worked in various roles: agile coach, R&D manager, software developer, software architect, ScrumMaster, and trainer. Angel is recognized worldwide as an expert in Agile and Scrum and he holds the three highest level certifications in the field: CST (Certified Scrum Trainer), CEC (Certified Enterprise Coach) and CAL Educator (Certified Agile Leadership Educator) by the Scrum Alliance. This is a very unique set of credentials as there are only 24 CAL Educators, 94 CEC’s and 232 CST’s worldwide, as for today. Angel is also a co-active coach, specialized in team coaching and systemic leadership, and Management 3.0 licensed trainer. Additionally, he teaches video game production at ESNE (University of Design, Innovation and technology) and Design Thinking at LaSalle University. Angel is as well a frequent speaker having participated in more than 40 international conferences and Agile events in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Day one wrap-up (17:30 - 17:45; Daugava 1+2)

After party and networking in the inner yard of the conference venue (18:00 - 21:00; Daugava 1+2)

It was a long day, but now it is time to reflect and relax together! You are all welcome to join for a drink or two sponsored by Accenture! We have prepared a fun entertainment programm too. Join us and let's have fun together, network and just enjoy aqulity time.

Day 2 - June 21

Morning coffee (9:00 - 9:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

When inspiration becomes imitation… lessons from the coaching trenches (09:30 - 10:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

Over the past decade, Evelyn has gained unique and diverse experience coaching organizations large or small, from APAC, to North America, to Europe and to Middle East. She has solid background from product management, project management, people management, software development, system integration, customer support to agile coaching. Her clients range from automotive industry, manufacturing, insurance, banking, e-commerce and of course telecom due to her years of experience in Ericsson. In this talk, she brings insightful messages for organizations which are in their Agile transformation, wondering how to advance, or are about to start. Participants will be able to: - recognize camera-effect transformation and describe alternatives - list the challenges with squads, and tribes; - identify possible 'solving a problem now but creating a problem to be solved in the months to come as a consequence' - explain incorrect understandings and applications of key popular concepts from lean startup, to product discovery, to value flow, to sociocracy, to holacracy. - restate important factors to consider and fine-tune for Agile transformation The session is a talk, with short analysis to enforce learning.

Evelyn Tian

Evelyn Tian

Evelyn Tian is a professional Lean and Agile Coach and Trainer, supporting organizations with all their transformation initiatives. She previously was the Lean and Agile Head Coach of Ericsson and headed the Ericsson Global Transformation Support Center. She has been passionately working with Lean and Agile transformations since 2009 and she has grown over 20 coaches and trainers through apprenticeship and mentorship programs. She designed her own Agile Leadership course in 2011, which has been delivered to over 1000 leaders. She has also developed her own Agile Coaching course, with more than 30 classes of graduates. Evelyn’s focus is on organization transformational strategy, continuous improvement and enhancing the art and science of crafting products. Evelyn has built a lengthy track record and gathered deep insights in coaching organization transformation, agile leadership, and teams to reach their potential. She has over 20 years of product development and coaching experience in telecom, financial, automobile and e-commerce products. With backgrounds in both E.E. and C.S., she has furthered her education in EMBA, psychology, and professional coaching as well.

Open Space (10:15 - 12:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

It is an agenda-less event where people come together, create agenda under specific theme, and then learn from each other in small groups. Items in agenda can be anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc. related to the specific theme. Please take a read and watch video below to get you into the mood and ‘be prepared to be surprised’ on June 21!

Speakers and Participants

Speakers and Participants

Most of the speakers from day one and anyone else who is interested to bring up a topic can start an Open space session.

Stand-up Lunch (12:15 - 13:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

Biology of Powerful Powerless Leader (13:15 - 14:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

Agile Leadership has its unique flavour of natural leadership, when power is not given with a title but taken by a person based on his/her inner abilities. We use Servant Leadership or Powerless Leader to emphasise this difference. If we look deeper into the biology and neuroscience of leadership we might find really unexpected things – that Agile leaders are the ones that are recognised by nature and we unconsciously can select these people from the crowd. How to become this type of person? To be an effective Agile leader we need to understand: What makes a leader: Leader-Leader Agile Model; The difference between a leader and dominant behaviour, why leaders look younger and more active (on hormonal level) ; Hormones and neuroscience of a natural leader (with some cases and practice); Leadership differences and similarities of Scrum Master and Product Owner; Simple (4 words) yet powerful mindset change to become a natural leader that people will follow .

Anna Obukhova

Anna Obukhova

Anna Obukhova is an Agile Coach working with Agile methodologies since 2004 as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Project/Programme Manager and recently as Agile Portfolio Delivery Manager for a large investment bank in London. Anna is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and the effectiveness of team communication in such conditions. Her passion is to collect and share the best industry and company practices in Agile management. She helps Agile teams and programmes to improve their processes and implement the transition from Waterfall to Agile in corporate environments (her clients are major banks and very large companies from other industries). Additionally, Anna Obukhova is using neuroscience and biology to explain Agile productivity and enhance Agile coaching techniques. My presenting experience started in 2008 and from 2011 internationally. This perspective of Neuroscience and Agile was agreed to be novel and worth sharing by many conferences, to name a few: ALE Bucharest, Agile Days Moscow, Global Scrum Gathering Paris, Agile Cambridge, Agile Tour London, Agile on the Beach (UK, 2017, 2018), Agile 2017 (Orlando, USA), Agile 2018 (San Diego), Agile Business Conference (Moscow 2017, 2018), Global Scrum Gathering Dublin, Manage Agile (Berlin). She uses her educations in Biology, Psychology and Coaching to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain). She believes it can explain a lot and she`s very excited how naturally Agile works.

Coffee break (14:00 - 14:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

Open Space sessions - continue (14:15 - 17:00; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

It is an agenda-less event where people come together, create agenda under specific theme, and then learn from each other in small groups. Items in agenda can be anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc. related to the specific theme. Please take a read and watch video below to get you into the mood and ‘be prepared to be surprised’ on June 21!

Speakers and Participants

Speakers and Participants

Most of the speakers from day one and anyone else who is interested to bring up a topic can start an Open space session.

Conference closing (17:00 - 17:30; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)


Conference both days 20-21 of June

June 17th - System Thinking from certified trainer ILLIA Pavlichenko

June 17th - The Art of Facilitation from Leonid Uljankin and Irina Skrypnik

June 18th - Janis Lama - Practical Kanban

18-19 June - PSM II certification from certified trainer ILLIA Pavlichenko

18-19 June - High Performance Agile Teams by Anna Obukhova


For the third year in a row we have selected Radisson Blu Daugava as a venue that fits our conference on many criterias. Spacios rooms on the first floor Daugava 1 and 2 as well as a bunch of smaller rooms on a second floor that work great for the Open Space.
Up to 50 parking spots available for the conference partcipants free of charge on first come first serve principle.

Check the map