Spike! Speakers


Michael Feathers


Author of the book ‘Working Effectively with Legacy Code,’ Michael has spent a significant amount of time helping teams gain control over large code bases in C, C++, C#, Java, and Ruby. He was involved in the early Agile movement and one of his passions is helping organizations recognize the impact of their internal organization and communication on the long term viability of their software products – putting interactions in place to prevent the accumulation of technical debt and lost business opportunities.


Jeremy Lightsmith


A seasoned agile coach, trainer & facilitator, Jeremy excels at creating environments where teams can discover how they work best. He has a deep understanding of agile, and is constantly looking for better ways to share knowledge and collaborate. As a presenter, Jeremy favors interactive and group techniques and pulls from disciplines as diverse as Theatre Improv and Montessori.

Though Jeremy is now an independent consultant in Seattle, most of his 11 year career has been spent at companies like ThoughtWorks and Pivotal.

Alicia McLain

Alicia McLain


Alicia is a Lean Agile Transformation | Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry with leadership positions in program management and software development management. Alicia coaches, trains and transforms mid-size to large companies domestically and internationally. Her clients are in the Department of Defense (DoD), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medical Device, Medical Research and Manufacturing space. She has been a facilitator of change and transformation to an agile approach using Scrum in a number of local and some international companies. Alicia’s career passion has been around leadership & building high performing teams. As a coach who has led and witnessed the transformation of people, attitudes, hearts and minds towards high performance using Agile practices, she is passionate about being of service to help teams and organizations get there!


Sara Ness


Sara Ness is founder and CEO of Authentic Revolution, a consulting and training company for relational skills (www.authrev.com). In the past five years she’s worked with 300 leaders from 32 different cities, in sectors ranging from education to the Coast Guard, teaching the art of authentic leadership. Sara’s passion lies in understanding how people work together to create fulfilling, creative teams. After founding a thousands-strong learning community in Austin, Texas, she began working with groups and individuals across the world to explore what is possible when we lead from wholeness, practice good communication, and create a space for honesty in service of greater goals. In her time off (and on), she is involved in Austin’s dance, acroyoga, and staying-indoors-to-read scenes.