Agile 2015 Keynote: Awesome Superproblems

On August 3, Luke Hohmann, Conteneo CEO and Acting Executive Director for the Every Voice Engaged Foundation,  presented the main stage keynote “Awesome Superproblems at Agile 2015 in Washington, DC. Luke’s keynote detailed how agile collaborative techniques and practices are being used to tackle wicked problems beyond building software. The problems being tackled are bigger than any one person can solve and exacerbated by inaction — thus the title “Awesome Superproblems”. Luke describes how making  progress on solving these Awesome Superproblems is enabling us to find new patterns that can be applied to solve classes of similar problems. And are being used around the world.

We hope you will watch the video and discover  how the collaborative, social and serious games born from the agile community have blossomed into multidimensional frameworks that agilists are using around the world to solve awesome superproblems without any special superpowers except a willingness to try.

Want to get involved? Check out Every Voice Engaged for more details.


Featured image taken by Doc List at Agile 2015.


The Collaborationist is In. 5-Cent Advice.

It’s safe to say that there isn’t much I haven’t seen in the conference/tradeshow world, having worked for more than a decade on all sides of industry, from show management to vendor to exhibitor. From speaker recruitment to booth design, I thought I’d seen and done it all. That is, until August 3, when I found myself and our VP of Business Development Laura Richardson at the Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland, building a booth for the Every Voice Engaged Foundation from PVC pipe, a couple hundred yards of brown butcher paper and tempura paint.

It’s safe to say that our “Peanuts” inspired booth was unlike any other exhibit at Agile 2015. But the brown-paper booth wasn’t the weirdest part. Nope. We were building a booth from $200 worth of craft supplies and Ikea furniture to share with 11 other companies, who, depending on the project or the day, may be our competitior.

Crazy? Crazy good.

We skipped the fancy graphics, printed backdrops and rental furniture — and instead focused on building a true “Community Collaboration” booth to highlight the community partners who have supported the Every Voice Engaged Foundation since it’s inception. Over four days we joined our fellow Collaborationists in the booth to talk with our agile brethren about how agile collaborative techniques are tackling complex problems in both the public and private sector. Check out the photos below to see the booth in action, and don’t miss the Collaboration TV video series we created with our partners.  We look forward to seeing brown-paper booths, not to mention more collaboration, at conferences all over the world! (And we’d love to hear from you if you are inspired to create your own Peanuts-inspired booth!)

Oh, and a special thanks to Mark Finnern from Playful Enterprise for inspiring our booth design!



Awesome Superproblems: Luke Hohmann to Keynote Leading Agile Conference Agile 2015

Mountain View, California – July 1, 2015 – Today Conteneo Inc. announced that its founder and CEO Luke Hohmann will present the opening keynote for the Agile 2015 conference in Washington, DC on August 3, 2015. Agile 2015 is the leading live event for agile practitioners and is organized by the Agile Alliance, whose mission is to advance agile development principles and practices. This year’s conference and keynote speakers will focus on how collboration and communication are the cornerstones of effective teams.

An early leader in the agile movement, Luke Hohmann’s diverse background uniquely prepared him to found Conteneo Inc., a cloud-based software company dedicated to enabling organizations optimize their decision-making through multidimensional collaboration. The inventor of the Innovation Games® collaboration frameworks, author of several seminal books on software development, frequent keynote speaker and serious games expert, Hohmann will focus on how the agile values and practices favored by progressive organizations can tackle problems — Awesome Superproblems – that are well beyond software development.

“Awesome superproblems are problems that are bigger than one person or team can solve, and they get worse through inaction,” commented Hohmann. “However, when we make progress on solving one, we find that new patterns that can be applied to solve classes of similar problems. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at Agile 2015 and reveal how the collaborative, social and serious games that were created in the agile community have now blossomed into multidimensional frameworks that are being used by agilists around the world to solve these problems—all without any special superpowers except a willingness to try.”

In addition to being the founder and CEO of Conteneo, Hohmann is also co-founder of the Every Voice Engaged Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps citizens and governments tackle technical and wicked social problems. Every Voice Engaged and its community partners will be on hand at Agile 2015 to share how collaborative, serious games are being used around the world to tackle problems like municipal budget shortfalls, increased school enrollment, urban planning and environmental issues like the California water crisis and more.

Every Voice Engaged is also a sponsor of Agile 2015. To register and attend the conference, visit


Conteneo is the leading provider of multidimensional collaboration solutions for the public and private sector. The Conteneo Collaboration Cloud and our Collaboration Consulting services enable organizations to improve performance across the enterprise, including culture and change management, market research, strategy, complex sales, and innovation and product development. Current and past clients include Adobe Systems, Cisco, Emerson Climate Technologies, HP, Rackspace, Reed Elsevier, Qualcomm, SAP, Yahoo! and others. For more information, go to

Every Voice Engaged® is a 501 3(c) nonprofit that that helps citizens, governments and nonprofit organizations collaboratively solve problems through the use of social, collaborative games that are unsolvable without civic engagement. Find out more at


Photo by Nan Palmero. Taken at Fortune Growth Summit 2013. Some Rights Reserved.