Amber Conville is an agile coach and software developer with over a decade of coaching and leadership experience. Amber has a passion for empowering people and helping them find joy in their work through action, communication, and experimentation. She believes it’s not only possible but necessary to drive progress and accountability through servant leadership and support. She is driven by fostering environments of transparency and healthy communication that support development techniques such as pairing, test-driven design, continuous refactoring, mobbing, and continuous integration and deployment.
Amber’s experience ranges from web and backend developing work to growth and transformation of startups to large enterprise clients. As a player coach for a large textbook publisher, she contributed to their large-scale agile transformation and electronic learning products supporting maintainable coding practices and processes. She coached a team coordinating a large automotive company’s vehicle inventory across dealerships by modeling hands-on TDD practices and collaborative team communication. Amber has also successfully created and implemented support frameworks, including training, feedback, reviews, recruiting, and compensation as the Director of Engineering for two prominent consulting firms.
Amber’s extracurricular passions are mentoring and making the tech industry more accessible to underrepresented groups. She loves being a part of her local tech community and thinks she learns the most when teaching and helping others. To this end, she volunteers and organizes user groups, conferences, and nerd gatherings whenever possible. She has spoken at Agile & Beyond and Detroit Dev Day and five years in a row at Codemash. In 2014 she founded Self.conference (selfconference.org) and recently started Selfdot (selfdot.org), a non-profit that provides accessible learning and gathering spaces for basic tech and programming literacy in Detroit.
Amber loves board and video games, reading and watching sci-fi and horror, and building mechanical wooden puzzles. She lives in Detroit, MI with her wife, two children, and two sneaky chihuahuas.