Anti FrAgile Day Chicago

After five years, Agile Day Chicago is still growing and improving. This year we again lean toward an AntiFrAgile Theme. We’ve gathered international and national speakers to speak on complexity, product thinking, responsive engineering and more.

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The morning sessions will once again spark lively open space discussions in the afternoon. New this year, we have dedicated a track to community sessions where you can speak! We are also proud to announce that all profits this year will go to help people in Bolivia via Mano a Mano ( )


  • Dave Snowden

    Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge.  His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making.  He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.


  • Shannon Lietz

    Shannon Lietz is an award winning innovator with over two decades of experience pursuing advanced security defenses and next generation security solutions.  Ms. Lietz is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driving the company’s cloud security strategy, roadmap and implementation in support of corporate innovation.  She operates a 24×7 DevSecOps team that includes Red and Blue Team operations.  Previous to joining Intuit, Ms. Lietz worked for ServiceNow where she was responsible for the cloud security engineering efforts.  

  • Anne Steiner

    Anne is a product geek, coach, and influencer who guides companies in introducing respectful change. She leads teams in incorporating agile practices that improve quality and customer satisfaction while not adding superfluous process. In her role at DevJam, she helps teams discover, define, and build products in a better way, specializing in leading teams through the process of taking an abstract vision and breaking it down into something that is understood, actionable, and incrementally adds value.

  • Jeff Patton

    Jeff Patton helps companies adopt a way of working that’s focused on building great products, not just building stuff faster. Jeff blends a mixture of Agile thinking, Lean and Lean Startup Thinking, and UX Design and Design Thinking to end up with a holistic product-centric way of working. Jeff is author of the bestselling O’Reilly book User Story Mapping which describes a simple holistic approach to using stories in Agile development without losing sight of the big picture. You can learn more about Jeff at:

  • David Hussman

    David has spent the last 15 years producing products for companies of all sizes around the world. David’s coaching is non-dogmatic and pragmatic. He learns about product communities to seed self-discovery and avoid simply telling people what they “should do”. David spends most of his time helping teams validate product ideas by blending product discovery with responsive engineering. He also works with leadership to pragmatically introduce lasting agility that fosters innovation and a competitive edge.

  • Mark Graban

    Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, keynote speaker, and blogger in the field of “Lean healthcare.” Mark is also the Vice President of Improvement & Innovation Services for the software company. Mark’s motivation is to apply Lean and Toyota Production System principles to improve quality of care and patient safety, to improve the customer/patient experience, to help the development of medical professionals and employees, and to help build strong organizations for the long term.

  • Ray Arell

    As a founder of nuCognitive LLC, Ray Arell is one of the company’s principal consultants and coaches.   His 30+ year career has been dedicated to building great teams, communities, and products.    Through his leadership, he has directly built and transformed a number of successful worldwide organizations and over the past 5 years has been coaching other leaders to do the same with their own teams.   He is recognized as an industry leader in large scale adoptions of Agile, lean, and complex systems, and he has delivered over 20 keynotes and talks sharing his knowledge across the globe. 

  • Dion Stewart

    Dion is a software developer and agile coach. He was first exposed to the values, principles, and practices that were eventually codified into the Extreme Programming methodology as a Smalltalk developer in the late 1990s. He has a Masters degree in Software Engineering and undergraduate degrees in Music and English Literature. He’s studied Scrum with Ken Schwaber, Lean Software Development with Tom and Mary Poppendieck, and complexity theory and sensemaking with Dave Snowden. For the past 15 years, he’s been helping teams and organizations adopt agile and lean software development and product planning practices.


  • Community Presenter

    This year we’ve dedicated a track to you. Use the button to send us a title and a short description for your talk. For submitting you will get a 25 % discount code. Conference attendees will vote on the sessions they want to hear.

    Submit a Session to the Community Track


    No prior speaking experience necessary. We will help you shape your topic. Sessions in this track will be 20 minutes with a total of 6 sessions. Any session not chosen will go right into our open space.




Interactive sessions and intelligent speakers


There will be three session types dispersed across the session tracks: Experiental, Advancing, and Evolutionary

  • Experiential

    Practitioners sharing ideas and experiences around the successful and continuous use of lean and agile ideas.

  • Advancing

    Deep practitioners sharing ideas and practices that augment or extend basic practices or principles.

  • Evolutionary

    Brave explorers present and discuss tools and techniques that are on the horizon, in the ‘what’s next’ category.

Full schedule and session descriptions coming soon …

Community Track Sessions

One track will be dedicated to sessions submitted by you. If you have an idea for a session, send us a session title and a short description.


Click here to Submit a Session to the Community Track

The community track will have six, twenty minute sessions, one of which can be yours! If you are new to speaking, and you have a good story to tell, we will help you with your presentation. 


Telling stories and sharing experiences


8:00 Registration & Voting
8:30 Opening Discussion:
9:30 Concurrent Morning Sessions
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Afternoon Open Space:
4:30 Closing and Reception


IIT Downtown Campus, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with and follow the code of conduct.

Agile Day Chicago is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion. or lack thereof. We invite all those who participate in Agile Day Chicago to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments including jokes and language, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

No weapons will be allowed Agile Day Chicago events, community spaces, or in other spaces covered by the scope of this Code of Conduct. Weapons include but are not limited to guns, explosives (including fireworks), and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.
If an incident occurs please use the following contact information.
Conference organizers:, 708.407.4082
Chicago Police Department: 312-746-6000
Chicago Sexual Assault Center 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080


Harassment policy adapted from information at the Geek Feminism wiki, Citizen Code of Conduct, and StrangeLoop.