Report from Maria Matarelli:
The Scrum Beyond Software Open Space on September 24-26, 2010 had a great turnout. The intro to Scrum class was utilized by multiple attendees looking to gain a basic knowledge of Scrum and for some, a refresher. Good feedback was received on the class and it provided a solid foundation on Scrum for those that attended prior to the Open Space.
The reception was a great icebreaker! It brought together the attendees and set the community feel for a great event. Positive feedback was received on the venue. The environment supported collaboration and the way they work embraces the Scrum values.
The blog was alive with activity throughout the event and we had a live twitter feed that extended the discussion and experience to those not in attendance. The whole event was accompanied by live updates throughout the various topics: http://phoenix.scrumgathering.org/
The first day of Phoenix Open Space kicked off with an excellent energy as topics were discussed ranging from applying the principles of Scrum to improvised arts, jazz music, improv comedy, using Scrum in infrastructure efforts (server, hardware), physical fitness, personal training and applying Scrum to Board committee management.
Day One finished up on a great note of collaboration and excitement! The discussions consisted of a variety of great topics including but not limited to: C-Level Scrum, Scrum for Volunteer Organizations, Applying Scrum in Church groups, the Common Foundation of Scrum, Scrum in Science, Scrum and Energy Solutions, Using Scrum to raise Consciousness and Awareness in the Workplace, Achieving Life Dreams and Goals, How to use Scrum to Clean your House, and Scrum in an Emergency.
Day Two started out with the same energy from the previous day. Topics included applying Scrum in 'interrupt driven' domains, Scrum games that spread the Scrum values, Scrum for sales and marketing, using Scrum for portfolio management, and Scrum in the Creative process art and design. Topics continued into the late morning including Learning like this every week, tracking work and capacity for service based teams, embracing complexity, working with living systems, Scrum in Congress, How to apply Scrum to instructional curriculum, Scrum in Lean Manufacturing, and Scrum in mixed technology.
The afternoon finished up with Self organizing with a clear purpose/military, Openness in organizations, combining Scrum with mind/body practices to supercharge performance, tackling critical problems in our world on a massive scale using Scrum, Driving business strategy with Scrum, scrum for startups, changed by the world of work and building communities to expand Scrum Beyond Software.
The energy was incredible at the Scrum Beyond Software Open Space. The Open Space format brought people together in an incredible way and in the closing circle, the group discussed expanding the presence of Scrum and was excited on ways that we could continue to do so. Many people voiced thanks to the Scrum Alliance for holding this event and expressed great interest in when the next one would be. This event brought together people from all over the world, supercharged their excitement and desire to spread the Scrum values and people are leaving energized to take the message back to their communities.
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