We have lined up 3 outstanding keynote presentations. 

Tuesday August 9th @ 9:00am: Barbara Fredrickson

Why Care about Positive Emotions?

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's two decades of scientific research on positive emotions is foundational to understanding how humans thrive and grow. She and her colleagues have found that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads people to a tipping point beyond which they naturally become more resilient to adversity and lead more agile, vibrant, flourishing lives. Positive emotions literally change the way the human brain works, widening people's perspectives, and their outlooks on life. According to Fredrickson’s broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, this shift in mindset drives people to discover and build new traits, skills, and resources, and over time become better versions of themselves. In this presentation, Dr. Fredrickson will describe the science that backs up these claims and and describe the nonconscious upward spiral processes that enable people to thrive with agility.



Barbara Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (a.k.a. PEP Lab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she holds appointments in Psychology and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her doctorate from Stanford University and has previously held faculty positions at Duke University and the University of Michigan. She has received numerous honors for her research on positive emotions, including the American Psychological Association’s inaugural Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology’s Career Trajectory Award.  Her work has also received more than fifteen consecutive years of research funding from the U.S. National Institute of Health. She is co-author of a leading Introductory Psychology textbook, and with the publication of Positivity (Crown, 2009) she has written about her research for general audiences as well. For more information on Fredrickson’s work, please visit

Friday August 12th @ 9:00am: Kevlin Henney


Code is the stuff of software. It is the definition of the software. It is the enabler of functionality, the realizer of business value, the expression of understanding. It is also an expression of misunderstanding, a resister of change, a source of sunk costs.

But the word code has meanings beyond source and binary. In a broader sense, code and codes are also the stuff of software development. There are cultures of programming, principles of practice, manifestos of desire. Code refers to a set of conventions by which a group of people will govern themselves. As with source code, other codes need to be open to change and to question.

In all senses, code is a means and model of communication. This talk will explore technical and non-technical sides of code, from questions of craft and agility to questions of culture and doctrine.



Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK, known internationally for his speaking, writing, incidental humor and occasional insights. His software development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series, editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book, and has written many articles and columns, both treeware and online.

Friday August 12th @ 11:00am: Linda Rising

 The Power of an Agile Mindset

I've wondered for some time whether much of Agile's success was the result of the placebo effect, that is, good things happened because we believed they would. The placebo effect is a startling reminder of the power our minds have over our perceived reality. Now cognitive scientists tell us that this is only a small part of what our minds can do.

Research has identified what I like to call "an agile mindset," an attitude that equates failure and problems with opportunities for learning, a belief that we can all improve over time, that our abilities are not fixed but evolve with effort. What's surprising about this research is the impact of an agile mindset on creativity and innovation, estimation, and collaboration in and out of the workplace.

I'll relate what's known about this mindset and share some practical suggestions that can help all of us become even more agile. 



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 in telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems.

An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, agile development approaches, and the change process, Linda is the author of numerous articles and four books---Design Patterns in Communications, The Pattern Almanac 2000, A Patterns Handbook, and Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, written with Mary Lynn Manns.



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