Diana Larsen & Akbar Salimi
Diana Larsen consults with leaders and their teams to create work environments where people flourish and push businesses to succeed. She is an international authority in Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; and The Five Rules of Accelerated Learning. In collaboration with James Shore, she developed the Agile Fluency™ Model.
She is a past Chair and former board member (2007–2013) of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors. Diana served on the board (2013-2016) of the Organization Design Forum and is chairing their 2018 conference. She is an associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. Active on the organizing teams of various conferences, she is a founding and current board member of Agile Open Northwest , non-profit organization.
Diana speaks and presents keynotes at conferences around the world. Her most recent keynotes include Retrospectives for Cross-Functional Teams at UX Strategy Zürich 2017; Best Performance in a Value-Producing Role: Your Team at Agile Cincinnati 2017; Best Job Ever at Agile 2014; and Learning Leaders Learn…Always at Agile on the Beach 2017.
Akbar Salimi is the Founder & CEO of SE-Consulting – an Agile Training, Coaching and Consulting company based in Cologne, Germany. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Tehran and Technical Informatics at RWTH Aachen. As an Agile Consultant, Trainer and Coach he supports the Agile Transformation Teams of enterprises during their Agile Journey. He is a Certified Agile Fluency Diagnostic Facilitator, Certified Agile Leadership, Certified Scrum Professional, Certified LeSS Practitioner, SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner.