Obaidur (OB) Rashid

Obaidur (OB) Rashid is an Engineering leader with 18+ years of experience in product development and operations. Built highly scalable web/mobile applications across multiple domains. Evangelizer of Agile practices. Immense experience in building high-performance teams onshore and offshore.

His specialties include: 

  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Product Development (Web, Mobile, Social)
  • Service & Resource-Oriented Architecture
  • Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence
  • Quality Assurance & Automation 
  • Agile Transformation
  • M&A Technical Due Diligence
  • Distributed and Offshore Team management


Rosemary hossenlopp

Rosemary Hossenlopp is a Silicon Valley-based scrum master/project manager providing technology-centric program, process re-engineering & improvement services and training. Focused on stakeholder communication and dependency management activities needed for launch success. 

  • She brings pragmatic and practical launch advice to high-growth software development organizations. 
  • She is Silicon Valley-based and has been a player in innovation and new product development in different industries.
  • She speaks on lean startup principals to project, program and portfolio professionals. 


tom kendrick

Tom Kendrick (PMP) recently retired as Program Director for the UC Berkeley Extension Project Management Curriculum. He is also the author of How to Manage Complex Programs: High-Impact Techniques for Handling Project Workflow, Deliverables, and Teams (AMACOM, 2016), Identifying and Managing Project Risk, Third Edition (AMACOM, 2015), and three other popular books on project management.

Tom has regularly conducted classes and presentations on program, project, and risk management.  Tom spent 20 years with Hewlett Packard in its Project Management Initiative and a variety of other project management responsibilities. He has more than 40 years of worldwide PM experience, including work for Visa Inc, DuPont, General Electric, and as an independent consultant.

Tom has a BSEE from Princeton University, an MSEE from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is past president of the PMI Silicon Valley Chapter and is a frequent volunteer for many PMI activities.


Programs are more than just “big projects.” Programs are complicated collections of interrelated projects that involve complex hierarchies of deliverables, workflow, and teams. While managing risks well in each of the projects that make up a large program is necessary, it is never sufficient. In this presentation, Tom will explore the sources of risk from above, below, and within major programs. He will provide guidance on identifying and assessing program risks, and will describe how to respond to and manage risks throughout a program.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Find program deliverable risks through systems analysis and iterative planning.
  • Locate program workflow and dependency risks using interface management.
  • Identify program staffing and resource risks with program reviews and skills analysis.
  • Understand and comprehensively manage risk for large, complex programs.


Laura richardson

Laurie Richardson works both at Conteneo and the Every Voice Engaged Foundation bringing people together (online and in-person) to solve complex problems together, through highly engaging collaboration frameworks and serious games.

• She is excited about the potential for well designed collaboration frameworks to foster customer relationships, enterprise agility, and to help companies build amazing products and services.

• She is proud of the work the Every Voice Engaged Foundation is doing to help communities tackle problems that can only be solved through meaningful civic engagement. Projects supported by EVEF, its partners and volunteers are making a difference in participatory budgeting, water and the environment and education.

• The agile methodology holds much promise for helping solution sales teams better connect with the needs of their customers to create long term partnerships that are profitable and rewarding for all involved. 

daniel kimble

 The Leadership Crisis of the Digital Age 

And what you can do about it 

US businesses are losing nearly one trillion dollars a year due to poor leadership, poor communication, and poor teamwork, and yet we're spending less than 40 billion dollars to address this problem.

That's right, we're investing less than 5% of what we're losing in today’s leadership crisis.

Think this only applies to other organizations and not your own?  This talk identifies the unseen – yet critical – leadership issues we all face in today’s fast-paced, churn and burn, get it done yesterday world.

Through a combination of engaging stories, frightening statistics, inspiring film clips and real-world case studies, this talk is a wake-up call to the deep challenges facing leaders at all levels today, and it will inspire leaders into effective action with proven, clear advice that can be put into practice immediately.

Michelle Vendelin

Michelle Vendelin has an ability to stay grounded and thrive in uncertainty, Michelle has consistently delivered innovation leadership and results for over 20+ years in emerging technology creation at HP and various web services start-ups. Most known for achievements in Strategic Planning, Agile Transformations, Web & Mobile Services Creation, Digital Imaging Standards/Partnerships, Cross-functional Management and Product/Service Innovation. Effectively led people in both organizational change AND personal change towards better outcomes and more predictable results. 

Backup SpeakerS:


Karen Walton is an Agile PMO, Portfolio and Transformation Leader with extensive experience establishing Agile Enterprise PMOs. She has a proven track record of managing global teams of project, program and Scrum Masters to successfully deliver portfolios of initiatives. Instructor for several classes in the Agile Management program at the University of California Extension at Berkeley. Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Scaled Agile Framework (SA 4.0 and SPC4) certifications, and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills with ability to forge relationships and collaboration across all levels and functions. 

DEB COLDEN                                                                        

Accelerating the leadership capability, energy, and confidence of key players in ways that other leadership development experiences have not produced.Deb Colden is a strategy consultant and executive coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in helping leaders and teams achieve aggressive goals in less time and with greater energy. Her capabilities include

  • Meeting the needs of time-constrained professionals seeking an action-oriented approach to increased personal effectiveness and innovation.
  • An accomplished speaker and workshop leader, renowned for her Creating Breakthroughs™ series of experiential learning workshops, which enable professionals from all backgrounds to apply simple, effective techniques to strategy, planning, and collaboration for maximum results.