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Not 209...not 219...but a total of 239 (TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY NINE) attending GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM !!

EVENT SLIDES ARE HERE:

Dan Mezick Keynote Session

Ken Schwaber Session

Jeff Sutherland Session

Dan Mezick Session

Amr Elssamadisy Session

Sanjiv Augustine Session

 

 

Thanks to our speakers:

Amr Elssamadisy, Sanjiv Augustine, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber !!

Thanks to our sponsors Big Visible Solutions, Rally and Version1 !!

Thanks to all volunteers, especially these specific individuals who all showup EARLY and stay LATE and really make a difference:

 

LARRY COATES- food lead, and cleanup, personifying servant leadership

MICHAEL DE LA MAZA- food, cleanup and everything else, doing the hard stuff well

DAN LEFEBVRE- doing everything, arriving early and staying late, till the END

BOB CHIN- superb at handling all aspects of Audio/Visual

Thanks guys !!

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DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

November 25, 12:30PM to 5:30PM

 

 

   

Join the Agile Boston user group as we GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM on the day before Thanksgiving, 11/25, in Waltham Massachusetts.

This is your fun, informative, convenient, content-rich, no-empty-calories, 100% Scrum-centric Boston agile community event. We put it together for your enjoyment, in one great afternoon.

This festive event includes great speakers, great food, great socializing, and great Scrum authorities-- including Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, Amr Esslamadisy, Sanjiv Augustine, Dan Mezick and more.

Our Sessions and Speakers: Click here to view all sessions

JEFF SUTHERLAND on Scrum applied (session details)

KEN SCHWABER (confirmed!) on: Outrageous Assessments (*NEW* session details)

SANJIV AUGUSTINE on: Working towards true mastery of Scrum (session details)

AMR ELSSAMADISY on successfully adopting Scrum in YOUR organization. (session details)

DAN MEZICK on deconstructing Scrum via BART (Boundary, Authority, Role and Task) analysis (session details)

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

LIVE MUSIC with DAN HERMES (biography and links)

 

PLEASE THANK DAN HERMES FOR HIS LIVE MUSIC during the EVENT !!

       

 

SCHEDULE AND AGENDA: GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM on 11/25

12:00PM Doors open, check in, socialize (LUNCH is provided so show up hungry. Food is provided throughout the day)

12:30PM Seating; Welcome and convene. Dan Mezick on: Scrum Past, Present and Future

01:00PM Jeff Sutherland on: A PRACTICAL ROADMAP TO GREAT SCRUM: A SYSTEMATIC GUIDE TO HYPERPRODUCTIVITY

02:00PM AMR, SANJIV and DAN breakout sessions

03:00PM Socializing over good food & beverages. Live music from Dan Hermes !!

04:00PM Ken Schwaber on OUTRAGEOUS ASSESSMENTS

05:00PM Live Q&A session on Scrum from Jeff Sutherland (with Ken Schwaber health permitting)

05:30PM Raffle, last-minute socializing, check out

05:40PM DONE!!


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 and founded the Scrum Alliance. The result is a proliferation of Scrum worldwide. Over 64 THOUSAND people throughout the world are certified as Scrum Master through Ken's development of the Scrum Alliance. See Ken's bio here

NOTE: Ken is CONFIRMED for his 4PM session **and** the 5PM Scrum Q&A with Jeff.

 

Amr Elssamadisy is a known worldwide as a leader in the agile community. He is the author of the essential agile book Agile Adoption Patterns, and a founder and principal at Gemba Systems. See Amr's bio here.

 

Sanjiv Augustine is the President of LitheSpeed inc and is an accomplished Certified Scrum Trainer. He is the author of the book Managing Agile Projects. Sanjiv is an APLN board member and a member of the Leadership Council of the PMI-Agile Community of Practice. See Sanjiv's bio here.

 

Dan Mezick is an agile coach and the leader and organizer of Agile Boston. He is an invited speaker to Agile2007, Agile2008 and Agile2009. At Agile2009 he runs the [Manifesting Agility] stage, where group-level Psychology and Cognition are granted formal, authorized space at the Agile conference for the very first time. Dan's articles on agile topics appear in Agile Journal.

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

 

 

Music from DAN HERMES

Dan Hermes, born 1970, is an internationally recognized audiovisual artist, curator, composer, keyboardist, technologist, and founder of Dan Hermes Fine Art , the Hermes Orchestra ,and Lexicon Systems. See his full bio HERE

 

.Session Descriptions:

1:00PM JEFF SUTHERLAND on A PRACTICAL ROADMAP TO GREAT SCRUM: A SYSTEMATIC GUIDE TO HYPERPRODUCTIVITY

The best data in the world on Scrum come from a CMMI Level 5 company that is migrating all data collection to function points to provide research data on over 100 highly disciplined teams.

Jeff describes how a new Scrum team can follow the path of Systematic Software Engineering Inc to double productivity by focusing on DONE and then doubling it again by focusing on product backlog READY.

Current research shows that every team can achieve hyperproductivity in a few sprints, even in a dsyfunctional company. This presentation will show you exactly how to do it and how easy it is if you remove impediments.

 

 

4:00PM KEN SCHWABER on OUTRAGEOUS ASSESSMENTS. (Ken is confirmed as a presenter! Note the time change to 4PM.)

Software development competence has many dimensions. Ken is starting tests for us to assess our skills in these dimensions, displaying the results in a composite radar graph of skill. Ken has been experimenting with Scrum and software development assessments so far.

He will share the results with you and seek your thoughts on additional dimensions.

Come and be prepared to be outraged.

 

 

2:00PM SANJIV AUGUSTINE on: WORKING TOWARDS TRUE SCRUM MASTERY

Scrum certification is embraced by the market, and drives wide scale adoption of agile methods. Now, Scrum adoption is helping springboard various hybrids that combine Scrum with XP…Scrum with Lean…Scrum with Crystal...and even Scrum with Kanban.

Is this cause for fear among Certified ScrumMasters, or is it an opportunity for thanksgiving? How can we as CSMs overcome fear, continue to advance our learning and progression, and grow into true masters of Scrum?

Sanjiv leads a discussion on:

· How Scrum certification has helped agile cross the chasm

· What’s happening in the Scrum neighborhood with XP, Lean, Kanban, etc

· Back to the future: Scrum roots, community and mastery

In this session, you learn

· How Scrum certification has helped drive agile adoption

· How Scrum ties in with other methods like XP, Lean, Kanban, etc

· How we can work towards getting better as ScrumMasters and Scrum Practitioners

 

2:00PM AMR ELSSAMADISY on: THE SUCCESSFUL ADOPTION OF SCRUM: A REALITY CHECK

Scrum is extremely simple, versatile, and powerful. While Scrum is no silver bullet, it is very good at focusing attention on the removal of obstacles.

But be careful what you wish for: when does it make sense to adopt Scrum and when does it not? What are some of the key points that underpin a successful Scrum adoption and - just as importantly - what contexts can have little or no success with Scrum? Is your company culture merely tolerant of Scrum? Or, can your cultural context fully embrace what adopting Scrum actually means? Join Amr to explore those all-important questions that are key to building better software.

In this session, you gain an understanding of:

· Who can successfully adopt all of Scrum—and who cannot

· What Scrum is- and is not

· Where Scrum adoptions fail—and where they success

· When to implement Scrum incrementally

· How to measure the critical success factors for Scrum in your company’s context and culture

 

 

2:00PM DAN MEZICK on Boundary, Authority, Role and Task: BART analysis of Scrum

When groups of people have trouble executing on work, the root cause is often related to definitions of Role, Task, Authority, and associated Boundaries. When definitions are clear, there is little ambiguity. When definitions are clear, there is potentially no waste generated from the need to discover these definitions and related Boundaries.

Well defined BART is required to reach the hyper-productive state at the group level. Scrum provides excellent BART definition and structure.

BART analysis is a tool for discovering solvable problems related to Boundary, Authority, Role and Task within groups. This includes teams, departments, business enterprises and larger organizations. The actual ground rules of these groups can be identified and isolated for inspection, via detailed BART analysis. As it turns out, these ground rules directly inform behavior and culture.

In this session Dan introduces the fundamentals of BART analysis and immediately applies it to Scrum in a discussion format.

You exit this session looking at your team-- and your place in it-- in a while new way. Join Dan as he deconstructs Scrum via detailed BART analysis.

Attend this session to learn:

· Boundary, Authority, Role and Task fundamentals ... and basic BART analysis techniques

· BART analysis applied to your team, your department and your company

· How to use BART analysis to deconstruct and more fully understand the effectiveness of Scrum

NOTE: This is the talk Dan gave at Agile2009 in Chicago.

See the Agile2009 description here.

See the Community Note on Scrum and BART here.

 

 

5:00PM 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 (Ken is confirmed!)

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

We poll the community for questions in advance of the event, and prioritize them on a backlog through collaborative tools. This community-prioritized backlog of questions are then presented to Jeff and Ken.

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