Announcing four global thought leaders in 2017 keynote line-up

We’re delighted to announce the first four of our keynote speakers for AgileNZ Conference 2017 kicking off with Mike Orzen, Lynne Cazaly and Rachel Davies who is speaking jointly with Liz Sedley…

Mike Orzen

Mike Orzen

Mike Orzen has been learning and applying lean and continuous improvement for over 25 years. Considered a pioneer in the field of Lean IT, Mike is co-author of Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Enterprise which was awarded the Shingo Prize. Last year, he co-authored a second book The Lean IT Field Guide which provides a deployment framework to make Lean IT transformation a reality. An internationally recognised consultant, coach and keynote speaker, Mike is an advisor and instructor with the Lean IT Association, an assessor with The Shingo Institute for Operational Excellence and faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute. He also teaches at several universities. A lifelong learner of lean and IT, Mike coaches C-level leaders, managers and transformation coaches in several different industries. As President of Mike Orzen & Associates, he works with organisations to leverage lean thinking while emphasising respectfully engaging people, improving business process capability and leveraging technology to enable a culture of enterprise excellence.


Lynne Cazaly

Lynne Cazaly

Lynne Cazaly is the author of four books – Leader as Facilitator: How to inspire, engage and get work done, Making Sense: A Handbook for the Future of Work, Create Change: How to apply innovation in an era of uncertainty and Visual Mojo: How to capture thinking, convey information and collaborate using visuals. Lynne works with project teams, executives and senior leaders on major change and transformation projects. She helps people distil their thinking, apply ideas and innovation and boost the engagement and collaboration effectiveness of teams. She is also an experienced board director and chair and a partner with Thought Leaders and on faculty of Thought Leaders Business School.



Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a world-renowned expert in Agile approaches to software development, especially Extreme Programming (XP) and author of Agile Coaching. Rachel started her career as a software engineer and, 30 years later, still enjoys the combination of creativity and problem solving involved in developing computer software. After five years coaching XP product development teams at Unruly in London, she's now Lead Engineer at Makers Academy, a company dedicated to helping people find jobs they love in the software industry. (Rachel is doing a joint keynote with Liz Sedley).



Liz Sedley

Liz Sedley, co-author of Agile Coaching with Rachel Davies, has been a programmer and Agile coach for 25 years. She grew up in Wellington and studied Computer Science at Victoria University. In 1998, she got the travel bug and moved to London to help with the Y2K crisis :). She soon discovered Agile (Extreme Programming) and was captivated by it. She met Rachel when they were both working as Agile Coaches at the BBC. Over a pint at the eXtreme Tuesday Club, they decided to write a book together on Agile coaching. Now Liz uses her expertise in Agile and Lean to run her own software company Dyslexia Gold which helps children with dyslexia to learn to read and write.

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