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The 2nd annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event!!

This year's speakers: Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber and Dan Mezick

Over 230 attended last year's GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM 2009 event !!

(Unfamiliar with the GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event? Get the full scoop on last year's event, including agenda, session slides and pictures, over here.)

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COST IS $29 and INCLUDES LUNCH. REGISTER HERE

DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

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November 24, 10:00AM to 04:30PM

   

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COST IS $29 and INCLUDES LUNCH. REGISTER HERE

DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

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It's that time of year again: The 2nd Annual Give Thanks for Scrum Event !!

Please join the Agile Boston user group as we GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM on the day before Thanksgiving, 11/24, in Waltham Massachusetts.

We have sessions from the tribal elders of the worldwide Scrum community: none other than JEFF SUTHERLAND and KEN SCHWABER, the formulators of Scrum.

Scrum is not a "process". Scrum is not a "methodology". Scrum is a FRAMEWORK for manifesting greatness in teams who are building software and complex products. Attend this annual Scrum communit event to learn from Jeff and Ken, advance your Scrum knowledge, and have some fun socializing and making some friends.

If you are into Scrum in Boston, this is your tribe !

Above: a picture from last year's Question-and-Answer session with Jeff and Ken.

Photo: Tracy White Photography

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COST IS $29 and INCLUDES LUNCH. REGISTER HERE

DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

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Our Sessions and Speakers: Click here to view all sessions

JEFF SUTHERLAND on AGGRESSIVE SCRUM (session details)

KEN SCHWABER on: SCRUM 2010: THE QUIET REVOLUTION (*NEW* session details)

DAN MEZICK on: SCRUM AUTHORITY MAPPING (session details)

SCRUM AUTHORITY PANEL: JEFF and KEN SCHWABER (session details)

LIVE MUSIC (biography and links)

 

The GTFS 2009 event break, Jeff Sutherland engaging with everyone. Photo (c) Tracy White.

 

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SCHEDULE AND AGENDA: GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM on 11/24

09:30AM Doors open, check in, socialize

10:00PM Dan Mezick on: OPENING REMARKS

10:30PM Jeff Sutherland on: AGGRESSIVE SCRUM: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY REMOVE YOUR IMPEDIMENTS?

11:30PM LUNCH and socializing..........

...............LIVE acoustic guitar music with BOB MAC WILLIAMS,

...............GREAT food,

...............Opt-in, live-demo of RALLY's software tool for Agile, delivered by a RALLY rep

...............Opt-in, live-demo of VERSION ONE's software tool for Agile, delivered by a V1 rep

01:00PM Dan on AUTHORITATIVE SCRUM diagnostics

02:15PM Ken Schwaber on SCRUM 2010: THE QUIET REVOLUTION

03:30PM Live QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON SCRUM with Ken and Jeff

04:30PM Raffle, last-minute socializing, closing remarks

05:00PM DONE!!

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COST IS $29 and INCLUDES LUNCH. REGISTER HERE

DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

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LIVE MUSIC FROM BOB MAC WILLIAMS DURING THE BREAK !!

Bob MacWIlliams plays eclectic instrumentals and songs on acoustic guitar. Bob hails from AUBURNDALE, Massachusetts and plays for us during the break.

Sample Song: "Nothing"

More Bob MacWilliams SONG CLIPS on MySpace

Bob MacWilliams on MySpace HOME: links, MP3 audio, song clips, more

 

 

 


Speaker Bios

Jeff Sutherland pioneered the development of Scrum with Ken Schwaber in the 1990's. He teaches Scrum and consults to companies throughout the world on the Scrum framework. See Jeff's bio here.

 

Ken Schwaber is the Scrum pioneer who created Scrum with Jeff Sutherland in the 1990s.

Ken is the leader of Scrum.Org, a credentialing and practitioner assessment organization dedicated to improving the professionalism of software development and Scrum practice worldwide.

See Ken's bio here

 

Dan Mezick is a trusted Agile adviser and coach to executives, project sponsors, managers and teams developing complex products using Agile and Scrum.

Dan's firm, New Technology Solutions delivers Agile training, coaching and consulting to businesses of all sizes. Clients include The Hartford Insurance companies, Siemens Corporation, Sikorsky Aircraft and dozens of mid-market organizations.

His is a writer at InfoQ with dozens of articles published on agile & Scrum topics. Dan led the Manifesting Agility Stage of the Agile2009 conference and is a past presenter at the Agile2008 and Agile2007 conference events.

See Dan's Scrum Alliance profile here, and his more detailed profile here.

 

Live Music

 

.Session Descriptions:

10:30AM JEFF SUTHERLAND on AGGRESSIVE SCRUM: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY REMOVE YOUR IMPEDIMENTS?

There are endless studies of dysfunctional Scrum and 1000 ways to implement ScrumBut. But what happens when a company, a coach, or a team aggressively implements Scrum and successfully removes impediments?

I'll discuss three papers presented at Agile 2010 as snapshots of successful Scrum. The first is an artificial life company in Finland where the entire management team got on board with Scrum. The paper on how the managers felt after a company wide Scrum implementation has some interesting findings.

The second snapshot shows how an Agile coach successfully produced a hyperproductive team every time he became ScrumMaster. His metrics for hyperproductive teams are something everyone doing Scrum should know about.

The third snapshot describes a companywide transition to Scrum that was executed in two months. Running headlong into your companies biggest impediment at full speed is a story not to be missed. Published results on each of these three snapshots will be available to attendees.

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2:15PM KEN SCHWABER on: SCRUM 2010: THE QUIET REVOLUTION

Another year has passed. More and more people are using Scrum, more organizations are adopting.

Scrum has been around long enough that some successes have already started gaining the aches and pains of old age.

This year, Ken will talk about empiricism, the foundation of Agility and Scrum, and what makes it work. This is of particular importance as the impending winter approaches.

 

1:00PM DAN MEZICK on: SCRUM AUTHORITY MAPPING


Describing great Scrum is very simple, while doing great Scrum is very hard. What's the problem here? The problem boils down to ONE WORD: “authority”. Teams in Scrum are granted a substantial increase in authority when compared to other ways of working.

Jeff and Ken bristle when you describe Scrum as a “methodology”, or a “process”. They'll tell you it is a “framework”....but what kind of framework is it exactly? Answer: It is an AUTHORITY framework, where each Scrum role is granted specific authority. These powers do not overlap across the Scrum roles. The authority of each role is very clear.

You'll understand how to create a great Scrum implementation by paying careful attention to get agreement-- and adhere-- to Scrum's clearly specified authority structure. We'll explore the concepts, do some enlightening exercises, and help you pinpoint exactly where you need to pay close attention in your own Scrum implementation.

You can count on learning the following:

* Why team authority is the thing to focus on as you implement Scrum

* How authority in Scrum is clearly specified-- yet seldom if ever completely agreed-upon and adhered to

* Learn why the authority figures in your organization hold the keys to Scrum greatness

* Why great Scrum absolutely, positively, ALWAYS includes waiting for the team to take up ALL of the authority granted to them by the Scrum framework

* Learn to spot “authority trouble” – and act – BEFORE problems materialize

* Why unauthorized “zombie” teams are unwilling or unable to self-organize

* How to diagnose and debug the “authority factor” in your own Scrum implementation, and intervene successfully

* How develop authority awareness in your Product Owners & Scrum Masters to help encourage great Scrum

 

3:30PM: Q&A WITH SCRUM AUTHORITIES JEFF SUTHERLAND AND KEN SCHWABER

 

Join us for the final session: a Question-and-Answer moderated panel session on Scrum with Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber ... for the full hour

Attend this session to hear direct answers to your thorniest and most difficult Scrum questions!

We develop a backlog of questions and present these questions to Ken and Jeff.

We also provide sufficient time for ad-hoc, interactive "here and now", utterly unpredictable and 100% emergent Q&A.

 

Below: Scenes from the (last year's) 2009 GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event.

Photos (c) Tracy White

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COST IS $29 and INCLUDES LUNCH. REGISTER HERE

DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

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Please patronise our sponsors !! Sponsors Include: