Agile Games West Organizing Committee

Michael de la Maza, Conference Co-Chair

Michael de la Maza, Conference Co-Chair

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Michael de la Maza is the author of the book Why Agile Works and one of approximately 100 Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC). He has a PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from MIT, is a Techstars mentor and angel investor, and recently re-located to San Francisco to be closer to where the future is being created. Contact Michael at


Emilia Breton-Lake

Emilia is a natural-born Agile thinker who managed to swim out of the PMI waterfall almost a decade ago. As an Agile coach, she is constantly looking for new ways to build better software and make the world a better place. As a passionate gamer she believes that teams who play together can accomplish anything.


Karen Bruns

Karen Bruns is currently serving as an Agile Trainer for the Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS), for the State of California. She has developed a Building Organizational Culture© program that brings people together in an Open Space format to identify and declare what is most important to them.  Recently certified in ICAgile's newest certification of ICP-TAL for Agile Human Resources, Karen is one of 12 people in the world and one of just 4 in the United States to hold this certification.