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Please check the full program schedule available below and the session descriptions.

If you’d like to become a sponsor please read all about the sponsorship plans.

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Lachlan Heasman

Lachlan Heasman

Lachlan Heasman is an independent coach and trainer. He has wide experience and knowledge from working on several major and many small Agile change programs in Australia. He also has all the requisite certifications to boot. He has deep experience in all facets of Agile practice but in the interest of quality leaves the development work to people who do it well. Lachlan has a Masters in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney which gives him a unique (and often annoying) perspective on coaching, leadership and change in the Agile community (which he often shares without being asked). His industry experience includes retail and online banking, insurance, telecoms, media, retail, legal and government.

Cesario Ramos

Cesario Ramos

Cesario Ramos is the founder of AgiliX Agile Consulting, a network organisation that guides agile improvements throughout Europe. He graduated in mathematics and computing science in 1999 at the University of Eindhoven, and started working with agile teams back in 2001. Nowadays he works as a management consultant and certified Scrum trainer from Scrum.org, and strongly believes that fun at the workplace is essential for success.In the past he was CTO at codecentric NL, a product manager at Atos, a hard-core developer and the lead software architect at PANalytical.

Over the years Cesario wrote numerous papers on agile development and is the author of the book ‘EMERGENT – Lean & Agile adoption for an innovative workplace’. He is happy to be an active member of the ScrumPloP® community and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. You can contact Cesario at cesario@agilix.nl

Kiro Harada

Kiro Harada

Kiro Harada is a supply chain management consultant, agile and lean coach and domain modeler from Japan.

Having working experience both in manufacturing and software, he explains and trains methods or processes from various aspects. He’s been actively working to improve software and hardware development process. Making your work easier and safer so that you can try even harder challenges.

Neil Harrison

Neil Harrison

Neil Harrison is an associate professor of computer science at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Before that, he was a distinguished member of technical staff at Avaya Labs, where he developed communications software led software development teams. He has studied software development organizations extensively and is a co-author of Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development. He is the author of numerous publications and book chapters on software patterns, effective organizations, and software testing. He is acknowledged as the world’s leading expert on pattern shepherding and the pattern conference (PLoP) shepherding award is named after him. He is currently co-authoring patterns of Scrum.Dr. Harrison has a BS in Computer Science with High Honors and University Scholar Designation from Brigham Young University, an MS in Computer Science from Purdue University, and a PhD from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.


Note: This program is still preliminary and will change during the next few days. Check back as lots of details will be added soon!
Friday, May 22nd – Sessions
8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome to Agile Portugal 2015

@ room 105

9:30 “Science of Teams”
by Lachlan Heasman

@ room 105

10:15 Coffee Break
10:45 “User Stories: Missed Opportunity”
by David West

“Too fast for Scrum?”
by António Arrais de Castro

“Agile Project Management”
by Inês Almeida Santos

“Critical Success Factors: Retrospective on a complex project”
by Hugo Lopes & Paula Aroeira Tudella

@ room 105

“What I wish I knew on my first Scrum sprints”
by Pedro Gustavo Torres

“Write User Stories Maravilhosas”
by Carlton Nettleton

“Agile: The Power of I(n)teration”
by Bruno Cacho & Nuno Rafael Gomes

@ room 022

12:15 “Scaling Scrum @ Thales Case Study”
by Cesario Ramos

@ room 105

13:00 Networking Lunch
14:30 “TPS, Lean and Agile – A Brief History”
by Kiro Harada

@ room 105

15:15 “Don’t Blindly Follow”
by Ricardo Fiel

“Large scale Agility – how to get there and what will go wrong”
by Lucas Olczyk

“YAGGA – You Aint Gonna Get Agile!”
by Adrian Lander

@ room 105

“From the trenches: Doing Agile with an ISO 20000 Telco”
by Manuel Padilha

“Tales from the Trenches – Leveraging Agile on Fixed Fee Projects”
by Marco António Silva & Ricardo Jesus

“How NOT to scale Agile”
by Tiago Garcez

@ room 022

16:45 Coffee Break
17:15 “Agile and Patterns: so Happy Together!”
by Neil Harrison

@ room 105

18:00 “Going beyond agile, are we ready?”
Fishbowl Panel

@ room 105

18:45 Retrospective and Closing

@ room 105


Saturday, May 23rd – Workshops
8:30 Registration
9:00 “Innovation Games® Bootcamp”
by Cesario Ramos

@ room 205

“Organizational Patterns: the Foundations of Agility”
by Neil Harrison

@ room 204

12:30 Lunch
14:00 “Improving Scrum with Kaizen”
by Kiro Harada

@ room 205

“Improving your team with science – Using over 50 years of science to make great teams”
by Lachlan Heasman

@ room 204

18:30 Ending


Registrations are closed, we have reached our maximum capacity!

Nevertheless if you want to attend and are interested to wait for last minute seats please contact us


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Sponsors and Partners

Gold Sponsors

PRIMAVERA Business Software Solutions is a multinational company that develops and commercializes management solutions and platforms for business process integration in a global market, providing solutions for Small, Medium and Large Organizations, as well as the Public Administration sector.
About 40 thousand companies resort to PRIMAVERA BSS solutions every day to optimize their business processes.
PRIMAVERA BSS is present in many countries across the world, being market leader in many of them.
Blip was born in 2009, a Software Engineering Startup, co-founded by José Fonseca aiming to develop high performance web applications. We are a talented team that focus on people, innovation and lean strategies and work. In 2014 Blip we were considered, by Exame and Accenture, the best company to work in Portugal in the IT sector and the sixth best one in whole portuguese companies.
Celfinet is a global provider of telecom engineering solutions. With an experienced team of 250 engineers and offices in four different continents, we have assisted dozens of telecom operators bringing the performance of their networks to the highest levels.Our solutions comprise network planning and optimisation services, technical training and proprietary software.Founded 12 years ago, Celfinet is a privately held Portuguese company profoundly committed into excellency, technological research, knowledge-sharing and sustainable growth.

Silver Sponsors

Critical Manufacturing provides manufacturers of complex, high tech discrete products, a manufacturing execution and intelligence system that empower organizations to achieve their goals. Our state-of-the-art products and services enable organizations to drive down cost, flexibly meet market demands, and ultimately achieve greater agility, visibility and reliability. Part of that commitment is providing our customers with a quick response to the challenges they bring to our door. To be able to do so, we’ve embraced Agile methodologies for our organization and our development process since the foundation of the company in 2009.
We provide small and medium sized organisations, and mid­market companies, with a range of easy­to­use, secure and efficient business management software and services ­ from accounting, HR and payroll, to payments, enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management. Our customers receive continuous advice and support through our global network of local experts to help them solve their business problems, giving them the confidence to achieve their business ambitions. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and entered the FTSE 100 in 1999. Sage has millions of customers and 12,975 employees in 23 countries. In Portugal, we have offices in Lisbon and Oporto, around 200 employees, 1500 business partners and 100.000 customers.Sage Portugal has been adopting agile methodologies within their development teams knowing that the incremental method brings several advantages to the software development life cycle.Agile methodologies allow us, more rapidly, to deploy the releases to our customers. Each release is thoroughly tested to ensure software quality is maintained. In management software, the kind of solutions that we provide to our customers, time is critical and the deployment updates must be continuous.
Farfetch is a global community of over 300 visionary fashion boutiques offering an inspirational shopping experience to fashion-forward consumers.The community of boutiques have been carefully selected for their unique approach to merchandising, forward-thinking attitude and diversity of brands.As a truly global brand, Farfetch has also created bespoke, local language websites to enhance the customer experience in international markets including France, Russia, China, Japan and Brazil.

Bronze Sponsors

Become part of something bigger than you alone. Scrum Alliance brings you together with like-minded people who are passionate about Scrum and who dream, explore – and live – project management brilliance every day. A nonprofit professional organization, we provide advocacy, community, and education to support this movement, equip our members, and help them succeed with Scrum in software development and beyond. Come sprint with us!
Scopphu is a specialized company for Project Management (Agile/PMP/ Soft Skills). Due to three business lines, Scopphu provides a global and integral solutions for the all projects in your company. Those solutions are delivered by the training and certification of Project Managers, by Outsourcing and providing customized consulting teams or by the implementation of a unique project management software.
Present in different countries, Scopphu provides services in Business & Support, Engineering & Industry, Information & Technologies and Finance & Utilities.
SDILAB and CODEVISION: what do they have in common?Both companies are looking for create innovative and distinctive products in order to increase business value in highly competitive markets – POS Solutions and School Management Information Systems.SDILAB and CODEVISION are gathered in José Pimenta Marques Group following the same vision: focus on customer satisfaction and continuous innovation of its products.Addition to that, both companies embraced the agile methodologies to respond quickly to their market challenges. Summing up: they have more in common than you think. They are Agile!

Partners & Media Partners

Agile Alliance BitHandle 10web.pt
Aberto Até de Madrugada VOID


Conference Site

The conference will be held at the lovely Casa Diocesana do Seminário de Vilar, in Porto.

At the heart of the city, near the Crystal Palace Gardens, we will enjoy an amazing view over the Douro river and of the Atlantic ocean.

Casa Diocesana Seminário de Vilar

To get to the conference site, you can check the Metro network to find the best route. Check the official network map, or google transit. Besides the Metro, you also have STCP buses and CP trains.

Please notice: there’s no parking at Seminário de Vilar. There are some parking lots nearby, such as Palácio de Cristal, Parque do Bom Sucesso and Mota Galiza.

Best thing is to try to get here earlier, and enjoy some networking before the conference starts.

Where To Stay

The conference site has a limited offer for accommodation. Register early to ensure your stay. Besides this, Porto has a wide range of Hotels, Inns and Hostels suited for all accommodation needs. The closest one to the conference site is the HF Ipanema Porto.

Touristic Info

There is always a stream of cultural events throughout the year. Please see the agenda for the full details.

Additional Resources




Ademar AguiarFEUP, Universidade do Porto

João CerdeiraFarfetch.com



Catarina CarvalhoCritical Manufacturing


Catarina ReisInstituto Politécnico de Leiria

Filipe CorreiaParadigmaXis
FEUP, Universidade do Porto

Joseph YoderThe Refactory, Inc

Ricardo MartinhoInstituto Politécnico de Leiria

Teresa CarreiroCritical Manufacturing


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