Atlanta 2012 Global Event

  • Event

    Program sessions and speakers announced! Click Program to view! Download the official Program Guide here.

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    NOTE:  The negotiated rate at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center is no longer available.  Please view the “Venue” tab for alternative accommodation information.

    Join Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in Atlanta for Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2012 at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead.  You'll find plenty of ways to participate as you share experiences, exchange information and collaborate with fellow Scrum users.

    The vision for this year’s gathering is related to the host city of Atlanta, home of the world’s busiest airport.  “We see many analogies between the activities surrounding air travel and the activities surrounding a healthy Scrum implementation." says Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2012 Co-Chairs, Peter Borsella and James Smith of Winnow Management.

    Theme & Tracks

    Pre-Flight

    To prepare for a flight or a transition to Scrum, you must prepare. Those activities and efforts we have labeled “Pre-Flight”. Track details are as follows: Presentations will focus on the ground work required before a formal transition begins. Address baseline training for executives, Team Members and others involved directly or indirectly. Establishing the definitions like ‘Done’ and understanding the kinds of cultural changes that will be needed for success. Many organizations in transition did not put enough effort into this phase of the program.

    In-Flight

    Following takeoff or as the transition gains traction, issues arise that we have labeled “In-Flight’. Track details are:

    Presentations address the issues, challenges and strategies for dealing with the use of Scrum as a tool to increase focus, reduce complexity and improve the quality of life.

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    While many travelers are pleased with the ability to cover great distances at 9.4 miles per minutes or many organizations are pleased with the initial benefits from a transition, others seek more. Our third track reflects an interest by many travelers to achieve flight at speeds in excess of the speed of sound or results from Scrum that startle and amaze. The specifics for proposal in “Hyper-Sonic Flight” are:

    Presentations highlighting the use of Scrum to achieve what was viewed as exceptional results. Use of Scrum in the enterprise environment and in non-software development work.

    Post-Flight

    The fourth track deals with what you might do differently that if you had the flight to take over or if a second shot at the transition. Presentations in the “Post-Flight” track will address successes and failures and the insights gained for the future. Track specifics are:

    Focus here would be what happened in the transition and if we had it to do over again, what would we have done differently. Case studies and experience reports on the successful and unsuccessful preparations and their impact on the transition. Example: A lack of focus on building soft skills to aid in dealing with cultural changes across the organization.

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  • Details

    Date: 7-9 May, 2012
    Location: Atlanta, GA, United States

    Venue:
    3405 Lenox Road, NE · Atlanta, Georgia 30326 USA
    Atlanta, GA 30326 United States
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    Regular Price:

     

    Category 

    Early Bird Rate
    (Until April 6th)  

    Regular Rate

    Member

    $1150

    $1350

    Non-Member

    $1400

    $1600

    CST/CSC

    $950

    Academic

    10%

     

    ** All prices are in USD. 

    Is this the first Scrum Gathering you're attending? Enjoy a 30% discount off registration! Contact us for full details [past registration will be verified].

     

    For the academic rate, please contact scrumgathering@scrumalliance.org


  • Program

    Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2012

    Program Guide

     

    Gathering Co-Chairs: James Smith & Peter Borsella

    Download the official Program Guide here.

     

    Schedule @ A Glance

     

    Monday, May 7th

    Day 1

    Tuesday, May 8th

    Day 2

    Wednesday, May 9th

    Day 3

    8:00 - 9:00

    BREAKFAST

    9:00 - 10:30

    Welcome Remarks

    James Smith & Peter Borsella

    Opening Keynote

    Clarke Ching

    Keynote

    Tanner Corbridge

    Creating a Focus on Results & Accountability for their Delivery

    Closing Remarks

    James Smith & Peter Borsella

    Closing Keynote

    James Grenning

    Demand Technical Excellence

    10:30 – 11:00

    AM BREAK -

    11:00am – 12:30

    Sessions

    Sessions

    Open Space

    12:30 - 13:30

    LUNCH -

    13:30 - 15:00

    Sessions

    Sessions

    Open Space

    15:00 - 15:30

    PM BREAK -

    15:30 – 17:00

    Sessions

    Sessions

    Open Space

    Evening

    Welcome Reception @ Twist

    Sponsored by VersionOne

    Happy Hour

    Sponsored by KM Ware

     

    What’s Happening @ Scrum Gathering Atlanta

    Welcome Reception @ Twist Restaurant & Tapas Bar

    Where: Twist Restaurant & Tapas Bar - 3500 Peachtree Rd NE

    Date: Monday, May 7th

    Time: 18:00 – 20:00

    To kick off the Scrum Gathering Atlanta, Scrum Alliance along with event sponsor VersionOne invite you to the Welcome Reception at Twist Restaurant & Tapas Bar. Located just a few short blocks [within walking distance] from the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, we’ll provide great food and a couple of drinks while you enjoy music, fun and the opportunity to network with fellow Scrum Gathering attendees.

    Scrum Clinics

    Where: Heritage Ballroom Pre-function Space

    Date: Monday, May 7th & Tuesday, May 8th

    Time: See Program Schedule for more details

    Back by popular demand, Scrum Clinics are being offered as individual stream for 24/7 walk-in clinic care. This is the famous Scrum Doctor’s surgery for your Scrum aches and pains, coached by a collection of Certified Scrum Coaches and Trainers. There will also be panels/workshops on Scrum transitions and typical Scrum practitioner problems, if you have a particular Scrum problem. 1-2-1, group therapy, it's all available for you here.

    Scrum Alliance

    Where: Heritage Ballroom Pre-function Space

    Date: Monday, May 7th - Wednesday, May 8th

    Time: 8:00 – 17:00

    Want to know what Scrum Alliance have been up to and what it has in store for the community and future Scrum Gatherings? Drop by to chat with Managing Director, Carol McEwan, Scrum Alliance Board and staff members throughout the week.

    Open Space

    Where: Ballroom, Conference Level -2 & Plaza Suites, Conference Level -4

    Date: Wednesday, May 9th

    Time: 8:00 – 17:00

    The Scrum Gathering Atlanta culminates with a day of Open Space where you can host sessions on topics you're passionate about. You may have experiences to share or a tough question that you need advice on. Bring your topic to Open Space and you'll have the opportunity to pick a time and place for your session. Open Space is often where the most interesting conversations take place, you'll hear from experts and practitioner on lots of hot topics. It's also a great place to share learning games and simulations.

    Keynote Speakers

    Opening Keynote – Monday, May 7th – 9:00 – 10:30


    Clarke Ching - Focus and the Four Flows

    Come with me on an Agile Journey. We start in late 18th –century Glasgow where James Watt is about to make his greatest discovery 9hint: it is not the steam engine). We’ll then move to April 15th, 1865 (the day of Abraham Lincoln’s death) where the model used to deliver modern Agile software projects emerged, out of the blue, in one of today’s dying industries.  Finally, we’ll leap forward to just over a century to Spain, 1975, where the Zara Clothing company is about to open their first store. Along the way we’ll unearth the 4 Agile flows. You already know 1 of them … but what are the other 3 and why is it so important we focus on them?

    Keynote – Tuesday, May 8th – 9:00 – 10:30

     


    Tanner Corbridge -- Creating a Focus on Results & Accountability for their Delivery  

    The Oz Principle Accountability Training Keynote Speech is an interactive presentation based on the principles of the best-selling business book, The Oz Principle.  

    The session will help participants understand how to create a Culture of Accountability and avoid the Blame Game, focus on achieving results and constantly ask. “What else can I do?” to meet deadlines, overcome obstacles, and achieve results.  Who can deny the business case for making accountability a core ingredient in any corporate culture?  People who take accountability and operate Above The Line always make things happen in organizations.  

    With a company employing accountable people, extraordinary things, event the entirely unexpected, tend to happen.  Without accountability, no program can succeed; with it; any program can accomplish even more than its promoters promise.  

     

    Closing Keynote – Wednesday, May 9th – 9:00 – 10:30

    James Grenning -- Demand Technical Excellence  

     Agile, in name, just celebrated its tenth anniversary.  At it’s birthday party, we analyzed the state of Agile and wrote four new imperative statements.  “Demand Technical Excellence” was the number one imperative from the Agile 10th anniversary celebration.  How can that be after ten years?  Are we just making messes faster, with better rhythm?  

    Technical excellence is more than two week sprints, a burn down chart and a daily stand up.  The basic rules of Agile or Scrum is not an end in itself, but rather starting point based upon principles and practices that allow and encourage teams to adopt, adapt and refine their craft.  

    Technical excellence requires focus.  Focus on the customer; focus on discovering and avoiding wasteful activities; focus on code quality.  It means continuously learning; it means working as a team; it means being realistic on what is possible.  In this keynote, we’ll look at why technical excellence is critical and what each of us can do to strive for technical excellence.

    BREAKFAST – 8:00 – 9:00

     Session Timetable

    Monday, May 7th – AM Sessions

    BREAKFAST – 8:00 – 9:00

     

    Opening Keynote - 9:00 – 10:30

    Title TBC

    Clarke Ching

    Heritage B

    AM BREAK – 10:30 – 11:00

    Foyers

    SESSIONS - 11:00 – 12:30

    Session & Speaker

    Track

    Room

    Creating a Shared Vision: From Compliance to Commitment

    Brad Swanson

    Pre-Flight

    Heritage A

    Put your Students in the Driver’s Seat – Teaching Scrum Effectively using Training from the BACK of the Room

    Brian Rabon and Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

    Pre-Flight

    Suwannee

    Practices of a Great Product Owner

    Bob Galen

    In-Flight

    Augusta

    Managing Technical Debt

    Fadi Stephan

    In-Flight

    Savannah

    Dealing with the Counterproductive Games holding back your Scrum adoption

    Roman Bunning

    In-Flight

    Dahlonega

    Essential Scrum Developer Practices and the CSD

    David Bernstein

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Marietta

    Air Traffic Control: Scaling Scrum with Multi-Organizational Teams

    Michelle Russo

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Oglethorpe

    Monday, May 7th – PM Sessions

    LUNCH – 12:30 – 13:30

     

    SESSIONS - 13:30 - 15:00

    Session & Speaker

    Track

    Room

    Scrum First Flight

    Peter Stevens

    Pre-Flight

    Heritage A

    Discovering the basics of the Cynefin Framework by playing LEGO

    Andrea Tomasini and Dave Sharrock

    Pre-Flight

    Suwannee

    Agile Atlas - An information map for all of Scrum and neighboring lands

    Ronald Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson

    In-Flight

    Augusta

    Becoming a Creative Product Owner. Bringing creativity to your product and your team

    Allen Bennett

    In-Flight

    Savannah

    Kanban 101 for Scrum Practicioners

    Stephen Forte

    In-Flight

    Dahlonega

    Implementing Scrum in a Higher Education Environment

    Tracy Weber

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Marietta

    Kiddie Hawk - Scrum In Schools for Generation Agile

    John Miller

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Oglethorpe

    PM BREAK – 15:00 – 15:30

     

    SESSIONS - 15:30 - 17:00

    Session & Speaker

    Track

     

    Room

    An Agile Adoption Survival Guide - Working with Culture

    Michael Sahota

    Pre-Flight

    Heritage A

    The Agile Gap: Filling It In With UX

    Brian Anderson and Kaleb Walton

    In-Flight

    Suwannee

    Agile Release Planning by Example

    Bryan Stallings

    In-Flight

    Augusta

    Coaching Smells

    Dhaval Panchal

    Pre-Flight

    Savannah

    Retrospectives; the good, the bad and the ugly

    Jeroen Molenaar

    In-Flight

    Dahlonega

    Large public sector projects - what determines failure or success?

    Remi Hansen

    Post-Flight

    Marietta

    Embracing Conflict: A Systems Intelligence Approach to Conflict Facilitation for Scrum Masters, Coaches & Leaders

    Michael Spayd and Lyssa Adkins

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Oglethorpe

    Tuesday, May 8th – AM Sessions

    BREAKFAST – 8:00 – 9:00

     

    Keynote Address - 9:00 – 10:30

    Creating a Focus on Results & Accountability for their Delivery

    Tanner Corbridge

    Heritage B

    AM BREAK – 10:30 – 11:00

     

    SESSIONS - 11:00 – 12:30

    Session & Speaker

    Track

    Room

    Design your own experimental airplane (and gain an appreciation for certified airliners)

    Peter Stevens

    Pre-Flight

    Heritage A

    Appreciative Agile – Harnessing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry for Your Agile Initiative

    Michael Fortunato

    Pre-Flight

    Suwannee

    Standout Standups with Preparation, Practice and Applied Improv

    Arlen Bankston and Jessie Shternshus

    In-Flight

    Augusta

    The Scrum Murder Book

    Thomas Perry and Dhaval Panchal

    In-Flight

    Savannah

    Sizing User Stories With The Team Estimation Game

    Chris Sims

    In-Flight

    Dahlonega

    Down the Pub: How did that transition you were working on go?

    Hendrick Esser and Andrea Tomasini

    Post-Flight

    Marietta

    Creating Spint Reviews that Attract, Engage, and Enlighten your 'Customers' 

    Bob Galen

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Oglethorpe

    Tuesday, May 8th – PM Sessions

    LUNCH – 12:30 – 13:30

     

    SESSIONS - 13:30 - 15:00

    Session & Speaker

    Track

    Room

    Would your Team survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

    James Scrimshire

    Pre-Flight

    Heritage A

    Evolutionary Architecture and Design

    Pradyumn Sharma

    In-Flight

    Suwannee

    Product Roadmaps to Bridge the Gap between Vision and Backlogs

    Jason Tanner

    In-Flight

    Augusta

    Out of the box Retrospectives using Future, Backwards

    Rowan Bunning

    In-Flight

    Savannah

    Do Agile Teams Need Managers? A Series of Fortunate Events

    Julia Dillon and Leslie Ciriacoi

    Post-Flight

    Dahlonega

    Avoiding Stalled Improvement Programs - WHY Improvement is broken and HOW to make Continuous Improvement more appealing to Management?

    Yuval Yeret

    Post-Flight

    Marietta

    Demonstrating Tangible Value for an Agile Transformation - a real-life case study of where the right metrics helped to show real business value

    Sandeep Kakad and Sandeep Dasgupta

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Oglethorpe

    PM BREAK – 15:00 – 15:30

     

    SESSIONS - 15:30 - 17:00

    Session & Speaker

    Track

     

    Room

    What's Done Is Done: An Exploration of What "Done" Means At Various Levels

    Daniel Gullo

    Pre-Flight

    Heritage A

    Helping Teams Mature by Visualizing Cross-Functionality

    Jan Beaver

    In-Flight

    Suwannee

    Cool Breezes on the Isle of Scrumban

    Steve Dempsen

    In-Flight

    Augusta

    Your Team's Indispensable Asset: The Scrum Business Analyst

    Bill Gaiennie

    In-Flight

    Savannah

    Raving Retrospectives - Innovation Games & other techniques to facilitate creative retrospectives

    Kate Megaw and Brian Rabon

    Post-Flight

    Dahlonega

    Achieving light-speed iterations with Massively Continuous Integration

    Jesse Dowdle and David Tolley

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Marietta

    Meet Scrum's Big Brother, Dynamic Governance. Effectively Delivering Large Programs

    Dan Lefebvre and John Buck

    Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Oglethorpe

     

    Session Descriptions

    Monday, May 7th – 11:00 – 12:30

     

    Creating a Shared Vision: From Compliance to Commitment

    Brad Swanson

    Track: Pre-Flight

     

    Creating a shared vision is one of the core disciplines of the learning organization, as described by Peter Senge. In this interactive session, we will explore five strategies for creating a shared vision (for a product, a Scrum transformation, or an organization) to move people beyond compliance toward a true commitment to the vision.

    1. Telling

    2. Selling

    3. Testing

    4. Consulting

    5. Co-creating

    Participants will practice creating a vision using the strategy most appropriate for their own organization, and evaluate the pros and cons of the strategies.

    Put your Students in the Driver's Seat - Teaching Scrum Effectively using Training from the BACK of the Room?

    Brian Rabon

    Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

    Track: Pre-Flight

     

    Learning objectives

    -As a session attendee, I want to list the key principles of accelerated learning, so that I can understand how it different from traditional teaching methods

    -As a session attendee, I want to understand how to establish a learning compass, so that I can effectively guide my students through the learning process

    -As a session attendee, I want demonstrate how to carve up my training into the 4 C’s, so that I can maximize my students learning

    -As a session attendee, I want to list several brief activities, so that I can establish connections and conclusions with the...

    Practices of a Great Product Owner

    Bob Galen

    Track: In-Flight

     

    In this session, we'll explore the practices and techniques, focus points, and patterns of a great Product Owner. One that serves their team well and effectively balances the demands of external stakeholders against the demands of their team. We’ll explore the dynamics of correctly defined Product Backlogs, establishing powerful Sprint Reviews, and explore approaches for creating a team-view towards filling all aspects of the Product Owner role. Finally we’ll examine how the Product Owner drives quality and value in meeting the teams’ commitments to the business.

    Managing Technical Debt

    Fadi Stephan

    Track: In-Flight

     

    Is your team constantly missing delivery dates? Is the velocity decreasing from sprint to sprint while the development costs are rising? These are all signs that you are mired in technical debt and probably on your way to bankruptcy or a complete system rewrite. Come learn how to measure the quality of your code base and determine the amount of your debt. Learn how to engage executives and get buy-in on a technical debt repayment plan that enables you to pay down your debt, refinance it to a low interest rate, increase the quality of your code and return to high productivity.

    Dealing with the Counterproductive Games holding back your Scrum adoption

    Roman Bunning

    Track: In-Flight

     

    Have you ever had the feeling in a retrospective that the thinking in the room is unduly constrained or suffering from tunnel vision? Perhaps we are suffering from a sense of 'learned helplessness' or simply not considering the bigger picture around the situation. This session gives you hands-on experience with a proven technique called 'Future, Backwards' that helps us to get ‘out of the box’ with our thinking, avoid causation fallacies, identify powerful interventions we may not have otherwise discovered, or help us see what entrained patterns of past perception are determining our future.

    Essential Scrum Developer Practices and the CSD

    David Bernstein

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

     

    Building software in sprints requires specific skills, different from those required for traditional development. When performed correctly, Scrum and XP practices such as continuous integration, pair programming, test driven development, and refactoring let developers work much faster. That’s why Certified Scrum Developer training is so crucial. The goal of the CSD program is to grant development teams the opportunity to perform these practices in the classroom so they can then apply the skills correctly on the job. In this session, we discuss what the training covers and why it’s essential.

    Air Traffic Control: Scaling Scrum with Multi-Organizational Teams

    Michelle Russon

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

     

    Scaling Scrum up to 10+ Teams in the same organization can feel like you need Air Traffic Control to handle cross-team communications - keeping Teams from blocking each other while keeping them moving at full velocity. And when a Scrum project needs to scale by building Teams from multiple organizations (as many large Federal Government projects do) – now you’ve got a whole new layer of challenge: how to minimize impedance due to organizational/political boundaries. This session explores a model that makes it work, based on a real project.

    Monday, May 7th – 13:30 – 15:00

    Scrum First Flight

    Peter Stevens

    Track: Pre-Flight

    Reading about flying is one thing, flying an airplane in formation is another! In this variation of the classic Scrum 59, you learn Scrum by doing multi-team Scrum about Scrum.

    Scenario: Here at Company.com, we will use Scrum for all knowledge work in the company. Your mission is to create a series of graphical posters to illustrate Scrum, so all staff can understand their roles, the rituals and the artifacts. All posters must be CI-compliant, factually correct, and suitable for framing.

    This workshop is an excellent experience for those who want a first taste of Scrum or multi-team Scrum.

    Discovering the basics of the Cynefin Framework by playing LEGO

    Andrea Tomasini and
    Dave Sharrock

    Track: Pre-Flight

    The Cynefin LEGO game is aimed at those people who want a memorable introduction to the Cynefin model, a sense-making framework used to describe problems, situations and systems developed by David Snowden at the end of the '90s, that also turned out to be a pretty useful collection of tools for agile coaches. It can be used to understand which coaching technique to use in a specific situation, especially when taking into account the natural organization and communication structure.

    Agile Atlas - An information map for all of Scrum and neighboring lands

    Ron Jeffries and
    Chet Hendrickson

    Track: In-Flight

    The Scrum Alliance has created the Agile Atlas project to serve as a common resource for all things Scrum and Agile, from the basics up through advanced and even controversial topics.

    Becoming a Creative Product Owner. Bringing creativity to your product,and your team.

    Allen Bennett

    Track: In-Flight

    As the product owner you must unleash the creativity in your team to create truly extraordinary products in extraordinary ways. The product owner can learn to be creative and energize, engage and enable the creativity of the agile empowered team.

    This presentation will examine the tools that will help the product owner to create like Leonardo Da Vinci, innovate like Thomas Edison and have the entrepreneurial vision of Steve Jobs.

    By examining what made others great the product owner can unleash the creativity in their teams turning unique ideas into profitable reality while having great fun.

    Cool Breezes on the Isle of Scrumban

    Steve Dempsen

    Track: In-Flight

    Take a flight to Scrumban—an approach for your maintenance and development teams. Combining the benefits of Scrum with the visualization and pull from Kanban can help your teams evolve their current maintenance and development process into a lean and continuous flow. The presenter provides insight into the evolution of some teams moving to Scrumban, and will provide ways to identify if this approach is right for you. Attendees can take away practical examples and implications to consider (based on actual projects), and a plan to introduce Scrumban to their teams.

    Implementing Scrum in a Higher Education Environment

    Tracy Weber

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Higher education institutions have the unique challenges of multiple missions, academic traditions, and shared decision-making structures. As an IT organization, how do you conceive of introducing agile concepts in an environment that has traditionally involved slow, shared, and sometimes very messy decision-making? In this session, you will hear about the University of Notre Dame's experiences in implementing Scrum - one project, one department at a time. This presentation will include an overview, case studies, and opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Kiddie Hawk - Scrum In Schools for Generation Agile

    John Miller

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Your Scrum flight will be fueled by passion and meaning as we show how Scrum is being applied to classrooms and schools. Students are happier, more engaged, more creative, and empowered in an Agile learning environment. Teachers discover their work is more rewarding and fun. Understand why Agile is the BEST learning environment for 21st Century learners. A call to arms for us to ban together & outreach to schools using our Scrum expertise to build better schools & a brighter future for our children. Discover a new meaning in Scrum, and how it can power your passion to improve the world.

    Monday, May 7th – 15:30 – 17:00

    An Agile Adoption Survival Guide - Working with Culture

    Michael Sahota

    Track: Pre-Flight

    If you do not manage culture, it manages you. Much of the Agile adoption failure is a result of not understanding organizational culture.

    Learn how to use the Schneider culture model to assess your organization’s culture and to work effectively with it.

    This survival guide will provide you with the essential mental models and tools you need to navigate safely through the treacherous jungle of Agile adoption and transformation.

    You will apply your newly acquired knowledge to build a plan for working effectively with your own organization.

    The Agile Gap: Filling It In With UX

    Brian Anderson and
    Kaleb Walton

    Track: In-Flight

    At the conclusion of this Pre-Flightsentation, I hope the participants walk away with the confidence and encouragement to...

    - Recognize that user stories and epics do not fully describe

    the user experience

    - Discover how scenarios make Agile better by describing the

    complete user experience

    - Experiment with generating Agile stories from scenarios

    - Empower the UX professionals on their team to make themselves

    more essential in the Agile process.

    Agile Release Planning by Example

    Bryan Stallings

    Track: In-Flight

    Stakeholders readily establish release expectations, but many teams do not know how to plan beyond the next few weeks! This interactive tutorial is for team members, customers and other stakeholders who know how to plan from iteration to iteration but don’t yet do release planning. A successful release planning event produces powerful and insightful results that enable teams and their stakeholders to anticipate what is likely to be delivered, in what timeframe, and with what risks. The stories, photos and exercises covered in this session will Pre-Flightpare you to release plan with your own teams.

    Scrum First Flight

    Fadi Stephan

    Track: Pre-Flight

    Reading about flying is one thing, flying an airplane in formation is another! In this variation of the classic Scrum 59, you learn Scrum by doing multi-team Scrum about Scrum.

    Scenario: Here at Company.com, we will use Scrum for all knowledge work in the company. Your mission is to create a series of graphical posters to illustrate Scrum, so all staff can understand their roles, the rituals and the artifacts. All posters must be CI-compliant, factually correct, and suitable for framing.

    This workshop is an excellent experience for those who want a first taste of Scrum or multi-team Scrum.

    Retrospectives; the good, the bad and the ugly

    Jeroen Molenaar

    Track: In-Flight

    Continuous improvement is the main idea behind our Scrum way of working. But how exactly do we achieve that? Do we only improve our team or can we do the same with the rest off the organization? What if our known methods start to fail? Learn how to treat different (organizational) groups and how to break the patterns. Get some cool new workshop ideas for your retrospective.

    Large public sector projects - what determines failure or success?

    Remi Hansen

    Track: Post-Flight

    Scandinavian public sector spends large sums on their IT portfolios to supply cutting edge e-government solutions. Several of the largest projects have been scrum-based. Some are remarkable successes, others are not. In this case study lessons learned from 3 large e-gov projects are Pre-Flightsented, covering over 1,000,000 hours of effort. Learn what factors are important for succeeding with large government scrum projects and what pitfalls to look out for. Mr Hansen gives specific recommendations covering organization, team interaction, decision making and soft skills, plus business value issues.

    Embracing Conflict: A Systems Intelligence Approach to Conflict Facilitation for Scrum Masters, Coaches & Leaders

    Michael Spayd and
    Lyssa Adkins

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Sometimes hot & messy, other times cold & hidden, conflict surrounds us. There are two easy choices: become the arbitrator who breaks the tie, or throw up your hands in exasperation, deciding it’s the team's problem. A third, more powerful approach is to become a skilled conflict facilitator. This hands-on workshop provides four interrelated 'systems intelligence' tools & mindsets to help you Pre-Flightvent destructive conflict, while encouraging the creative kind, namely: the positive/negative ratio, employing deep democracy, using conflict protocols, and creating alignment without agreement.

    Tuesday, May 8th – 11:00 – 12:30

     

    Design your own experimental airplane (and gain an appreciation for certified airliners)

    Peter Stevens

    Track: Pre-Flight

     

    Before a student pilot is allowed to fly, s/he is expected to understand the basic principles of aviation. What keeps the plane in the air?

    In this workshop, you will re-examine Scrum's basic principles and constraints, then answer 10 questions which define a project management framework: What roles do you need, and why? How will you instruct the team, and why? How will you evaluate finished results...? So you will reinvent Scrum and compare your Scrum to the real Scrum to understand why Scrum is the way it is.

    Appreciative Agile – Harnessing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry for Your Agile Initiative

    Michael Fortunato

    Track: Pre-Flight

     

    Part I - Introduction to AI (20 min)

    - Background

    - The 8 AI Assumptions

    - The Five AI Principles

    - The AI 4D Cycle

    Part II - Appreciative Agile (20 min)

    - Assessments - The first question starts the process

    - Project Initiation - Discovering and focusing strengths

    - Ongoing - Building on the foundation

    Part III - Mini-workshop, Appreciating Collaborations (20 min)

    - Experience an AI workshop in action

    Standout Standups with Preparation, Practice and Applied Improv

    Arlen Bankston and
    Jessie Shternshus

    Track: In-Flight

     

    Are you and your team struggling with your daily stand up?

    Are you tired of long winded, ineffective stand ups that go on, and on, and, well, you get the point?

    Do you often leave a stand up feeling you don’t have the information you need?

    If so, then come to this fun, practical session and experience practical Improv techniques that you can immediately apply. Using short exercises your team can practice, and warm up for, standups so that they stand out!

    They will be more fun, take less time, and everyone will leave with a practical understanding of next steps, to get to “done".

    The Scrum Murder Book

    Thomas Perry and
    Dhaval Panchal

    Track: In-Flight

     

    When detectives begin an investigation they sometimes create a “Murder Book” that contains all of the notes, findings, and errata commonly collected in a murder investigation. They use it for bringing new investigators up to speed as well as for capturing progress on the case. So the question is: What if we kept a Murder Book for our Scrum teams? What artifacts would we keep in our book? Who would we show it to? How would we use it? In this workshop we will build our own Scrum Murder Books together! We bring the materials, you bring your ideas, and together we can commit a little agile crime.

    Sizing User Stories With The Team Estimation Game

    Chris Sims

    Track: In-Flight

     

    How long will that take?”

    It seems like such a simple question, yet it is one of the hardest for software developers to accurately answer. Inconveniently, it is also one of the most important. This session combines an interactive exercise, the Team Estimation Game, with a bit of agile theory to teach participants how to quickly create estimates for their user stories.

    The Team Estimation Game helps teams that are new to estimating quickly grasp the concept of relative sizing.

    Down the Pub: How did that transition you were working on go?

    Hendrick Esser and
    Andrea Tomasini

    Track: Post-Flight

     

    Imagine a reunion in the pub between you, an agile coach, and some Ericsson managers. You met some years before and the seed of an idea was planted. Over a long evening you discussed what the world would look like after completing a large-scale agile transformation. Three years later, you catch up, and learn that the transformation has been a roaring success. Through the evening you share the ups and downs, the lessons learned, and the critical success factors that made the success.

    Three years ago Ericsson started on a long journey to agility - over 1000 people adopting an agile mindset...

    Creating Sprint Reviews that Attract, Engage, and Enlighten your ‘Customers'

    Bob Galen

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Are you suffering from organizational disinterest in what your agile teams are delivering? Are your Product Owners unavailable or abstracted? Does everyone question the value and flow of what you’re working on? Are your sprint reviews a ho-hum experience with varying and low attendance?

    If you answered Yes to any of the above, you need to attend this session. Here we’ll explore patterns for how to increase the interest, energy, and value of your Sprint Reviews. Well also explore how to make them a centerpiece of your agile adoption and cross-organizational transformation.

    Tuesday, May 8th – 13:30 – 15:00

    Would your Team survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

    James Scrimshire

    Track: Pre-Flight

     

    Think you're a team player? Would you have the interpersonal skills to make it through a zombie apocalypse?

    Find out in this interactive game that will test your ability to work and communicate in a team of apocalyptic survivors trying to escape a slavering zombie horde that wants to tear you apart.

    Learn how teams can exhibit dysfunctional behaviours and what underpins them and perhaps you might just make that last flight to safety.

    Evolutionary Architecture and Design

    Pradyumn Sharma

    Track: In-Flight

     

    Big Design Up Front (BDUF) is fraught with too many risks. Envision the architecture in Sprint Zero, identifying the desired architectural qualities of the system, but without committing to specific decisions. Select a story to implement and incorporate a few architectural qualities. Verify the appropriateness of your decisions with the working code. Through refactoring and implementation of successive stories, evolve the architecture incrementally across Sprints. Likewise, implement the design decisions just-in-time. Use automated and integrated tests for verification of design decisions.

    Product Roadmaps to Bridge the Gap between Vision and Backlogs

    Jason Tanner

    Track: In-Flight

     

    Most Scrum teams understand the vision for their products and projects and build backlogs based on the vision. Various techniques for release planning exist to aid teams in constructing and organizing backlogs into iterations. What many teams lack is a collaborative technique to visualize the big picture between the vision, the product backlog and the release plan. Roadmapping is a critical planning process that bridges the gap between the multi-year corporate and product vision and the product backlog focused on the next release.

    Out of the box Retrospectives using Future, Backwards

    Rowan Bunning

    Track: In-Flight

     

    Have you ever had the feeling in a retrospective that the thinking in the room is unduly constrained or suffering from tunnel vision? Perhaps we are suffering from a sense of 'learned helplessness' or simply not considering the bigger picture around the situation. This session gives you hands-on experience with a proven technique called 'Future, Backwards' that helps us to get ‘out of the box’ with our thinking, avoid causation fallacies, identify powerful interventions we may not have otherwise discovered, or help us see what entrained patterns of past perception are determining our future.

    Do Agile Teams Need Managers? A Series of Fortunate Events

    Julia Dillon and
    Leslie Ciriacoi

    Track: Post-Flight

     

    What role does management play in the agile world of self-organizing teams? What is the function of managers in this new world? What does an agile organization need from its management team? Where should the agile manager focus their efforts for greatest benefit...and what happens when the agile coach is gone? Two managers tell their story on how the day-to-day application of techniques and the concept of a ‘leadership backlog’ have enabled agile living on their team in a post-agile-coach environment and invite you for a candid discussion.

    Avoiding Stalled Improvement Programs - WHY Improvement is broken and HOW to make Continuous Improvement more appealing to Management?

    Yuval Yeret

    Track: Post-Flight

     

    WHY do many change programs take off with great energies only to stall mid-flight when they run out of management attention/interest fuel?

    Something is broken in the way the improvement cycles scale in the organization. We will recall WHY Continuous Improvement across the organization is critical to sustainable agility and HOW to make it stick using Focus and Integration into the management routine, as well as WHAT you can do tomorrow in your organization to drive towards a more healthy improvement program.

    Demonstrating Tangible Value for an Agile Transformation - a real-life case study of where the right metrics helped to show real business value.

    Sandeep Kakad and
    Sandeep Dasgupta

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

     

    The goal of this case study is to show that defining the right metrics and capturing the right data is very important in being able to conclusively and quantitatively prove business and engineering value provided by Agile. This case study will take attendees through a real-world Agile transformation where capturing quantitative metrics helped the presenters in showing tangible value to both engineering and business. The presentation will try to provide a re-usable framework using which Agile teams can set up metrics-based goals that help in showing benefits at the end of a transformation.

    Tuesday, May 8th – 15:30 – 17:00

    What's Done Is Done: An Exploration of What "Done" Means At Various Levels

    Daniel Gullo

    Track: Pre-Flight

    The definition of done is a fairly popular (and sometimes emotional) topic in the Agileverse. It seems everyone has an opinion on the matter ranging from “It depends,” to a meticulously designed set of business rules and criteria that account for every possible scenario.

    This session will discuss what the “Definition of Done” means to different stakeholders across the organization at the User Story, Sprint, Release, Product, and Program Level. Group participation will be incorporated into updates of the materials and shared-back with the community at large.

    Helping Teams Mature by Visualizing Cross-functionality

    Jan Beaver

    Track: In-Flight

    Cross-functional teams are the engine room of an agile organization. Yet cross-functionality doesn’t just happen and is surprisingly difficult to achieve without concerted effort. How cross-functional is your team? How do you know? How will you know when a team has increased its cross-functionality? This session explores the benefits of cross-functionality and introduces a handy visual tool for Scrum Masters and agile coaches to assess team cross-functionality, identify skill gaps, and demonstrate progress toward the goal of becoming a truly cross-functional, high-performing agile team.

    Kanban 101 for Scrum Practitioners

    Stephen Forte

    Track: In-Flight

    Imported from Japan, Kanban is an agile methodology that is currently used by many organizations to augment Scrum. Kanban, or Japanese for “signal card”, is a process that focuses on transparency, just in time delivery, and limiting the work in progress.

    In this session you will learn: what Kanban is and how it evolved from its roots in the Toyota Production System and lean manufacturing to software development. We’ll discuss Kanban’s strengths and weaknesses, and reasons why you may want to use it. We will then discuss how best to implement some Kanban in a Scrum environment.

    Your Team's Indispensable Asset: The Scrum Business Analyst

    Bill Gaiennie

    Track: In-Flight

    As Scrum development practices become more mainstream, many Business Analyst Professionals are being asked to apply their expertise to this new approach for product development and delivery. This can leave many BA’s wondering what their roles on a Scrum project are, how they fit into the Scrum team, and how they apply their skill set effectively and successfully. This Pre-Flightsentation will work through the mapping of the BABOK to Scrum principles and will explore how to operate as an indispensable asset to the Scrum team, the Scrum Business Analyst.

    Raving Retrospectives - Innovation GamesÆ & other techniques to facilitate creative retrospectives

    Kate Megaw and
    Brian Rabon

    Track: Post-Flight

    Do you find it challenging to keep your retrospectives innovative and creative so you get the maximum feedback from your scrum team? This session will review traditional retrospectives and give you 3 new innovative tools to add to your “tool kit” to help you facilitate creative, fun and engaging retrospectives. No matter what your project, project methodology or delivery model, everyone benefits from feedback on what they could do differently next time. The session will involve a mix of lecture, workshop and discussion. No "Death by PowerPoint" here!

    Achieving light-speed iterations with Massively Continuous Integration

    Jesse Dowdle and
    David Tolley

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Through clever use of open-source and cloud offerings, you can create a hyper-scale CI framework, and drive cycle time in your organization from days to minutes. See how SaaS provider AtTask achieved these results, and how you can too. AtTask Development is a fully adopted agile shop, having passed the Nokia test for the last 3 years. We find true Continuous Integration to be essential to a properly functioning agile development team.

    AtTask is the leading provider of Project Management Software as a Service, helping companies like Nike, ESPN and Apple manage their work since 2001.

    Meet Scrum's Big Brother, Dynamic Governance. Effectively Delivering Large Programs

    Dan Lefebvre and
    John Buck

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    Scrum works great with small, focused teams. What happens when you need to deliver a large sized program? Scrum gives no guidance on scaling. There are books and ideas out there (e.g. “Scrum of Scrums”) but none have delivered reliable results. They often reduce the sense of collaboration and agility. Decisions feel more autocratic, teams have a lower sense of control and happiness. Dynamic Governance (DG) may provide the answer. We will focus primarily on applying Agile philosophy and the 3 principles of DG to design organizations at different levels of scale.

  • Sponsors

    Sponsor a Scrum Gathering

    When you sponsor a Scrum Gathering, your company’s message is exactly where it should be -- in front of your target audience. Gathering attendees come from all over the world and span the spectrum of Scrum practitioners, from product owners and developers to trainers and coaches.

    For more information on how to sponsor a Gathering, please download the sponsorship package or contact Yvonne at ydewar@scrumalliance.org or (905) 281-0555 ext 111.

     


    Title Sponsor

    VersionOne is recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile management tools. By simplifying the process of planning and tracking agile software projects, we help development teams consistently deliver software faster.

    Since 2002, companies such as Adobe, Boeing, Intuit, Lilly, Lockheed Martin, Oppenheimer, Qualcomm, Sabre and Siemens have turned to VersionOne to help provide greater value to their customers. Today more than 30,000 teams in over 170 countries use VersionOne's agile project management tools to streamline and standardize their agile development efforts.

    Built specifically for Agile methods, VersionOne offers the most feature rich, easy to use agile management tool available.  Using VersionOne, all project stakeholders can work together to easily coordinate project plans, priorities and progress.  Providing over 60 reports and dashboards, no other Agile management tool delivers more project visibility and insight.

    Whether you're a small, single agile team just getting started with agile development or a multi-team, global enterprise, with VersionOne you'll get the best tools in the industry backed by pioneers in agile planning and management.

    Agile Made Easier @ VersionOne.com

     


    Platinum Sponsor

    With RedCritter Tracker it’s Game-on for Agile! We are the only Agile project management tool that incorporates game mechanics to reward your team, increase productivity and improve performance. We make Agile fun by allowing your team to earn and unlock badges throughout the development process. Badges are displayed on team member profiles and in team communications. Assign points for completing important tasks and your team members can redeem them in your very own company rewards store. You choose what goes into your rewards store; nerf guns, Starbucks gift cards or an extra long lunch. Our extensive drag and drop UI, real time message feeds and task-level time tracking give you best practice Agile project management. You know your company’s culture and what drives your team, RedCritter Tracker lets you put that in play. So it’s game-on for Agile! Try it Free, plus a $25 credit with activation code: ‘ScrumAlliance2012’

     

     


     

    Gold Sponsor

    PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than half a million practitioners in more than 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research. And, now with more and more organizations applying Agile techniques in the management of successful projects, PMI has responded by launching Agile resources, such as the Community of Practice and Agile certification (PMI-ACP), to support practitioners who want to demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in Agile practices of project management.  Learn more at www.pmi.org/agile.

     


    Silver Sponsor

    KM-Ware Solutions is US-based client relationship organization, offering offshore agile software development services to small and mid-sized organizations. By specializing in web, mobile, ERP development and overall process management, KM-Ware provides tangible benefits with unique competitive advantages, enabling businesses to make a quantum leap to their next level of growth and development.

     

    As a global thought leader in the Agile community, SolutionsIQ is uniquely equipped to help its international client base with the Agile Consulting, Training, and Development Services they require to deliver solutions more reliably. The company’s full spectrum of services gives customers the tools and collaboration they need to succeed.

     

    Do you want to deliver your software in a better, faster and more efficient way? Prowareness offers you all the services you need regarding software development. Prowareness is also a specialist on Agile Offshoring and Scrum. We have offices in Atlanta, Holland and India. More info on www.prowareness.com

     


    Bronze Sponsor

    As a Scrum Management Consulting & Training company, 3Back builds and nurtures collaborative work efforts in your organization using the Scrum Pathway™. A “well formed team” approach is our philosophy that centers on people and team dynamics. Unique to 3Back, well-formed teams will bring results to your organization.

     

    Kitty Hawk Consulting provides Certified ScrumMaster training, Certified Scrum Product Owner training, and workshops to jump start your transition to lean-agile-scrum. If applied well, this can lead to high performance teams having more fun. Joe Little conducts Business Value Engineering workshops, intended to make the Product Owner more effective, agile coaching and consulting. All courses generate PDUs for PMI. Please visit us for more information.

     

    No PowerPoint bullets. No magic bullets. Just happier teams building better software and delivering more value, faster. Training and coaching is all we do, so whether you’re spinning up a new scrum team, contemplating an enterprise-scale agile adoption, or looking to add “CSM” to your resume, we can help.

  • Venue

    The negotiated rate at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center is no longer available and the hotel is close to selling out on Sunday, May 6th & Monday, May 7thLimited rooms are still available at the host hotel, Atlanta Marriott Buckhead on a first come first serve basis [and are subject to a higher rate].  Reservations can only be made by phone at 1-800-228-9290 and mention you are attending the Scrum Gathering.  The hotel will try and give the best possible rates available to our attendees. 

    Alternatively should the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center sell out over the conference dates, we have listed some alternative hotel accommodations within walking distance below.

    JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead – 0.3 miles [5 minute walk]

    3300 Lenox Road Northeast

    Atlanta, GA

    (404) 262-3344

     

    Courtyard by Marriott – 0.5 miles [8 minute walk]

    3332 Peachtree Road NE

    Atlanta, GA

    404-869-0818

    Why stay at the conference hotel?

    This is where the action is! Networking opportunities are around every corner and in every elevator. Save time getting to and from breakouts and sessions, and enjoy the convenience of going back to your room between events to make phone calls and check emails. We appreciate you making your reservation at the conference hotel where we have negotiated contracts to give you the best value and service. Your reservation also helps ensure we meet our contractual obligations with the hotel.

    Join Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in Georgia for Scrum Alliance Global Gathering: Atlanta. You'll find plenty of ways to participate as you share experiences, exchange information, and collaborate with fellow Scrum users. Get value and expert insight that provides you with a framework for evaluating and incorporating Scrum while you learn from experienced practitioners and leaders in the Agile community.

    Transportation

    To get to the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center there are a few options -

    From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - ATL

    Subway service fee: $2.50 USD (one way)

    Estimated taxi fare: $40.00 USD (one way)

    Executive Cars/limousines: $90.00 USD (one way)

    Driving directions: Take I-85 North to exit #87 (Georgia 400), to Exit #2 (Lenox Road) Turn right and follow Lenox Road Signs, cross Peachtree Road. The Hotel is 1.5 blocks on the left.

    Hotel direction: 17 mile(s) N

    Experience Atlanta

    We've chosen Atlanta Marriott Buckhead in the uptown district of Atlanta to host the Gathering. Atlanta is known for its deep Southern roots which are evident in its offerings (think sweet tea and polite folks), but Atlanta is every bit a modern metropolis, with world-class attractions, entertainment and food.

    Add some extra days to your trip and make time to visit some unique sites and attractions that distinguish Buckhead.

    We are happy to offer the Southern Hospitality Savings program which gives gathering attendees great discounts and special offers to make the most out of your trip to Atlanta. Please note when you open the link there will be a list on the side. Enter here to see the savings: Atlanta Savings Program.

    Atlanta History Center

    The Atlanta History Center features 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm and the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion. The museum offers exhibitions on the Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art, with a wing dedicated to the 1996 Olympic Games.

    Buckhead Arts & Galleries
    Major Buckhead design and cultural districts include Miami Circle, Peachtree Decorative Arts Plaza, Galleries of Peachtree Hills and Bennett Street. The Swan Coach House Gallery, located on the campus of the Atlanta History Center, exclusively features both established and upcoming Southern artists. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA-GA) permanently houses over 600 works by local artists in contemporary mediums.

    Buckhead Entertainment and Nightlife
    The luxurious community of Buckhead boasts exquisite dining and top-tier accommodations. See and be seen in the fabulous lounges such as The Gold Room, and enjoy the city’s most talented musicians at Dante’s Down the Hatch and the >Buckhead Theatre.

    Legendary, Luxury Shopping
    Experience Buckhead’s legendary shopping with exclusive specialty retailers such as Calvin Klein and Zara. Designer boutiques such as Hermes, Cartier and Kate Spade add a touch of glamour to any visit. Luxury retailers are found throughout Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co. Visit Miami Circle and the Bennett Street District for museum-quality art and antiques.

    Fine Arts

    TEW Galleries, Inc.TEW Galleries, Inc. is Atlanta’s leading contemporary fine art institution. Founded in 1987, the three-story town house-turned-art-gallery houses works in many genres, including abstract, landscape, and figurative art.

    If you’d like to see more of central Atlanta, check out these popular sites:

    Georgia Aquarium
    As one of Atlanta's newest attractions, the Georgia Aquarium has a simple claim to fame: It is the largest aquarium in the world. More than 60 exhibits showcase an immense variety of marine life, including playful belugas, massive whale sharks, frolicking otters, and ethereal jellyfish. A signature tunnel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit lets visitors go underwater to experience a view usually reserved for divers.

    World of Coca-Cola
    Few could have dreamed that Dr. John S. Pemberton's "headache remedy" of the late 1800s would become the world's most recognized beverage. At the World of Coca-Cola, visitors revel in that creation's history, with galleries devoted to advertising campaigns, the bottling process, and Coke in pop culture. To top it all off, the Taste It! gallery offers free sampling of the 63 beverages marketed by Coca-Cola in nations around the world.

    Inside CNN Studio Tour
    CNN Center, world headquarters of the international news channel, offers an inside look at news production. The studio tour includes listening in on the station's control room – complete with real-time direction – an explanation of technology used (including "blue screen") and watching a newscast as it occurs. An added bonus: a ride on the world's longest freestanding escalator, which starts the tour.

    High Museum of Art
    Dramatic architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano might stop you in wonder outside, but a wealth of treasure awaits inside. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection – including those by Auguste Rodin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein – the High Museum of Art is particularly strong in 19th and 20th century American art and even has a curatorial department devoted to folk art.

    Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    Surrounded by a 65-acre (26.3 hectares) forest, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History offers an observatory, a planetarium, an IMAX movie theater, and oodles of fascinating exhibits. Sensing Nature's hand-on activities help visitors become aware of how their senses interpret the world around them, while NatureQuest lets kids explore the nooks and crannies of a multi-level clubhouse, walk through a virtual waterfall, and shimmy up spiraling netting to discover the insides of a mighty red oak tree.

    Zoo Atlanta
    Occupying nearly 40 acres (16 hectares) in Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta's lush natural habitats showcase more than 1,000 animals representing some 200 species from around the world. The zoo is best known for its gorillas – more reside here than anywhere else in the United States – and for being one of four U.S. zoos that house giant pandas. If you have kids, visiting Zoo Atlanta is one of the best family things to do in Atlanta.

    Centennial Olympic Park
    Created to be a gathering place for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park is a verdant oasis that serves both locals and tourists. With a children’s playground, eateries on-site and short steps away, and its prime downtown Atlanta location, the park can be either destination or way station. Be sure to time your visit with one of the pop-up water fountains' "performances."

    Martin Luther King Jr. National History Site

    Visitors can pay tribute and learn about Martin Luther King Jr. at this National Historic Site, which includes his crypt, with eternal flame; his childhood home; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as pastor; and a visitor center that showcases his important civil rights work. Recordings of his sermons and speeches play inside the church, bringing his message – in his own voice – to new generations of listeners.

    Piedmont Park
    Since 1904, Piedmont Park has encouraged visitors to engage with nature. Sports fields, skating and biking paths – separate from well-marked jogging and walking paths – and a dog park where four-legged friends romp leash-free invite both casual and organized play. Children of all ages will be enchanted by the Noguchi Playscape, an intersection of shape, color and texture designed for active and enthusiastic interaction.

  • Comments
    Ifé Jackson, CSM, 9/27/2011 7:02:05 AM
    I'm currently an active CSM in Atlanta. I am very excited about this event and would like to offer my time. Who can I contact regarding this? Are there any opportunities?
    Anonymous, 10/11/2011 4:15:28 AM
    Hi Ife,

    Wonderful, we'd love to have your help. Please contact me at lhoover@scrumalliance.org and we'll get the ball rolling.

    Lisa Hoover
    Managing Editor,
    ScrumAlliance.org
    Dan Greening, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 11/3/2011 7:04:22 PM
    Is the call for presentations past? If not, how do I submit?
    Manpreet Sall, CSM,CSPO, 11/4/2011 4:47:28 PM
    Is there a detailed itinerary available of the topics and presentations? If not when will one be available?
    Alexey Krivitsky, CST,CSM,CSPO, 11/6/2011 4:59:03 AM
    Is call for paper open? Please provide a link. Cheers. Alexey
    Mayank Gupta, CSM, 11/9/2011 7:21:35 PM
    Looking forward to the 'call for presentations'!
    Anonymous, 11/29/2011 2:51:32 PM
    The Call for Papers isn't open yet, but will be very soon so stay tuned on Twitter (@scrumalliance) and Facebook. We'll also announce it in our monthly newsletter.

    Manpreet - The speakers will be chosen soon after the Call for Papers closes, and we'll post a schedule of topic as soon as it becomes available.
    Michael Wollin, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 11/29/2011 3:40:19 PM
    I would like to see if Turner/CNN can play a role. I would certainly like to submit a paper to present.
    James Scrimshire, CSP,CSM, 12/7/2011 2:16:04 AM
    I'm going to be submitting an interactive event for the gathering, and I'll be preparing some artwork for it. Is it possible to get hold of the .psd or .ai files used to create the SGATL banner as I'd want to incorporate elements into the artwork.

    James Scrimshire, CSP,CSM, 12/20/2011 6:54:36 AM
    Huge thanks to Yvonne Dewar at elastic for her help. What a fab response and totally appreciated
    Michael Buchanan, CSM,CSPO, 1/2/2012 3:02:51 PM
    Has any consideration been given to having the annual certification dues paid as part of th registration package?

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  • Presentations

    Agile Atlas - An information map for all of Scrum and neighboring lands

    presented by Ronald Jeffries & Chet Hendrickson

    Track: In-Flight

    May 7 12:30 PM to May 7 14:00 PM

    The Scrum Alliance has created the Agile Atlas project to serve as a common resource for all things Scrum and Agile, from the basics up through advanced and even controversial topics.

    Air Traffic Control: Scaling Scrum with Multi-Organizational Teams

    presented by Michelle Russo

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    May 7 10:00 AM to May 7 11:30 AM

    Scaling Scrum up to 10+ Teams in the same organization can feel like you need Air Traffic Control to handle cross-team communications - keeping Teams from blocking each other while keeping them moving at full velocity. And when a Scrum project needs to scale by building Teams from multiple organizations (as many large Federal Government projects do) – now you’ve got a whole new layer of challenge: how to minimize impedance due to organizational/political boundaries. This session explores a model that makes it work, based on a real project.

    An Agile Adoption Survival Guide - Working with Culture

    presented by Michael Sahota

    Track: Pre-Flight

    May 7 14:30 PM to May 7 16:00 PM

    If you do not manage culture, it manages you. Much of the Agile adoption failure is a result of not understanding organizational culture. Learn how to use the Schneider culture model to assess your organization’s culture and to work effectively with it. This survival guide will provide you with the essential mental models and tools you need to navigate safely through the treacherous jungle of Agile adoption and transformation. You will apply your newly acquired knowledge to build a plan for working effectively with your own organization.

    Appreciative Agile – Harnessing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry for Your Agile Initiative

    presented by Michael Fortunato

    Track: Pre-Flight

    May 8 10:00 AM to May 8 11:30 AM

    Part I - Introduction to AI (20 min) - Background - The 8 AI Assumptions - The Five AI Principles - The AI 4D Cycle Part II - Appreciative Agile (20 min) - Assessments - The first question starts the process - Project Initiation - Discovering and focusing strengths - Ongoing - Building on the foundation Part III - Mini-workshop, Appreciating Collaborations (20 min) - Experience an AI workshop in action

    Becoming a Creative Product Owner

    presented by Allen Bennett

    Track: In-Flight

    May 7 12:30 PM to May 7 14:00 PM

    As the product owner you must unleash the creativity in your team to create truly extraordinary products in extraordinary ways. The product owner can learn to be creative and energize, engage and enable the creativity of the agile empowered team. This presentation will examine the tools that will help the product owner to create like Leonardo Da Vinci, innovate like Thomas Edison and have the entrepreneurial vision of Steve Jobs. By examining what made others great the product owner can unleash the creativity in their teams turning unique ideas into profitable reality while having great fun.

    Closing Keynote -- Demand Technical Excellence

    presented by James Grenning

    May 9 8:00 AM to May 9 9:30 AM

    Agile, in name, just celebrated its tenth anniversary. At it’s birthday party, we analyzed the state of Agile and wrote four new imperative statements. “Demand Technical Excellence” was the number one imperative from the Agile 10th anniversary celebration. How can that be after ten years? Are we just making messes faster, with better rhythm? Technical excellence is more than two week sprints, a burn down chart and a daily stand up. The basic rules of Agile or Scrum is not an end in itself, but rather starting point based upon principles and practices that allow and encourage teams to adopt, adapt and refine their craft. Technical excellence requires focus. Focus on the customer; focus on discovering and avoiding wasteful activities; focus on code quality. It means continuously learning; it means working as a team; it means being realistic on what is possible. In this keynote, we’ll look at why technical excellence is critical and what each of us can do to strive for technical excellence.

    Coaching Smells

    presented by Dhaval Panchal & Valerie Morris

    May 6 23:00 PM to May 7 0:00 AM

    Cool Breezes on the Isle of Scrumban

    presented by Steve Dempsen

    May 7 12:30 PM to May 7 14:00 PM

    Take a flight to Scrumban—an approach for your maintenance and development teams. Combining the benefits of Scrum with the visualization and pull from Kanban can help your teams evolve their current maintenance and development process into a lean and continuous flow. The presenter provides insight into the evolution of some teams moving to Scrumban, and will provide ways to identify if this approach is right for you. Attendees can take away practical examples and implications to consider (based on actual projects), and a plan to introduce Scrumban to their teams.

    Creating a Shared Vision

    presented by Brad Swanson

    Track: Pre-Flight

    May 7 10:00 AM to May 7 11:30 AM

    Creating a shared vision is one of the core disciplines of the learning organization, as described by Peter Senge. In this interactive session, we will explore five strategies for creating a shared vision (for a product, a Scrum transformation, or an organization) to move people beyond compliance toward a true commitment to the vision. 1. Telling 2. Selling 3. Testing 4. Consulting 5. Co-creating Participants will practice creating a vision using the strategy most appropriate for their own organization, and evaluate the pros and cons of the strategies.

    Dealing With the Counterproductive Games holding back your Scrum adoption

    presented by Rowan Bunning

    Track: In-Flight

    May 7 10:00 AM to May 7 11:30 AM

    Have you ever had the feeling in a retrospective that the thinking in the room is unduly constrained or suffering from tunnel vision? Perhaps we are suffering from a sense of 'learned helplessness' or simply not considering the bigger picture around the situation. This session gives you hands-on experience with a proven technique called 'Future, Backwards' that helps us to get ‘out of the box’ with our thinking, avoid causation fallacies, identify powerful interventions we may not have otherwise discovered, or help us see what entrained patterns of past perception are determining our future.

    Demonstrating Tangible Value for an Agile Transformation

    presented by Sandeep Kakad & Sandeep Dasgupta

    May 6 23:00 PM to May 7 0:00 AM

    Do Agile Teams Need Managers? A Series of Fortunate Events

    presented by Julia Dillon & Leslie Ciriacoi

    Track: Post-Flight

    May 8 12:30 PM to May 8 14:00 PM

    What role does management play in the agile world of self-organizing teams? What is the function of managers in this new world? What does an agile organization need from its management team? Where should the agile manager focus their efforts for greatest benefit...and what happens when the agile coach is gone? Two managers tell their story on how the day-to-day application of techniques and the concept of a ‘leadership backlog’ have enabled agile living on their team in a post-agile-coach environment and invite you for a candid discussion.

    Evolutionary Architecture and Design

    presented by Pradyumn Sharma

    Track: In-Flight

    May 7 12:30 PM to May 7 14:00 PM

    Big Design Up Front (BDUF) is fraught with too many risks. Envision the architecture in Sprint Zero, identifying the desired architectural qualities of the system, but without committing to specific decisions. Select a story to implement and incorporate a few architectural qualities. Verify the appropriateness of your decisions with the working code. Through refactoring and implementation of successive stories, evolve the architecture incrementally across Sprints. Likewise, implement the design decisions just-in-time. Use automated and integrated tests for verification of design decisions.

    Helping Teams Mature by Visualizing Cross-Functionality

    presented by Jan Beaver

    Track: In-Flight

    May 8 14:30 PM to May 8 16:00 PM

    Cross-functional teams are the engine room of an agile organization. Yet cross-functionality doesn’t just happen and is surprisingly difficult to achieve without concerted effort. How cross-functional is your team? How do you know? How will you know when a team has increased its cross-functionality? This session explores the benefits of cross-functionality and introduces a handy visual tool for Scrum Masters and agile coaches to assess team cross-functionality, identify skill gaps, and demonstrate progress toward the goal of becoming a truly cross-functional, high-performing agile team.

    Implementing Scrum in a Higher Education Environment

    presented by Tracy Weber

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    May 7 12:30 PM to May 7 14:00 PM

    Higher education institutions have the unique challenges of multiple missions, academic traditions, and shared decision-making structures. As an IT organization, how do you conceive of introducing agile concepts in an environment that has traditionally involved slow, shared, and sometimes very messy decision-making? In this session, you will hear about the University of Notre Dame's experiences in implementing Scrum - one project, one department at a time. This presentation will include an overview, case studies, and opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Kanban 101 for Scrum Practitioners

    presented by Stephen Forte

    Track: In-Flight

    May 8 14:30 PM to May 8 16:00 PM

    Imported from Japan, Kanban is an agile methodology that is currently used by many organizations to augment Scrum. Kanban, or Japanese for “signal card”, is a process that focuses on transparency, just in time delivery, and limiting the work in progress. In this session you will learn: what Kanban is and how it evolved from its roots in the Toyota Production System and lean manufacturing to software development. We’ll discuss Kanban’s strengths and weaknesses, and reasons why you may want to use it. We will then discuss how best to implement some Kanban in a Scrum environment.

    KEYNOTE by James Grenning - Part One

    presented by James Grenning

    May 6 23:00 PM to May 7 0:00 AM

    KEYNOTE by James Grenning - Part Two

    presented by James Grenning

    May 6 23:00 PM to May 7 0:00 AM

    Large Public Sector Projects - What determines failure or success?

    presented by Remi Hansen

    Track: Post-Flight

    May 7 14:30 PM to May 7 16:00 PM

    Scandinavian public sector spends large sums on their IT portfolios to supply cutting edge e-government solutions. Several of the largest projects have been scrum-based. Some are remarkable successes, others are not. In this case study lessons learned from 3 large e-gov projects are Pre-Flightsented, covering over 1,000,000 hours of effort. Learn what factors are important for succeeding with large government scrum projects and what pitfalls to look out for. Mr Hansen gives specific recommendations covering organization, team interaction, decision making and soft skills, plus business value issues.

    Meet Scrum's Big Brother, Dynamic Governance. Effectively Delivering Large Programs

    presented by Dan Lefebvre & John Buck

    Track: Hyper-Sonic Flight

    May 8 14:30 PM to May 8 16:00 PM

    Scrum works great with small, focused teams. What happens when you need to deliver a large sized program? Scrum gives no guidance on scaling. There are books and ideas out there (e.g. “Scrum of Scrums”) but none have delivered reliable results. They often reduce the sense of collaboration and agility. Decisions feel more autocratic, teams have a lower sense of control and happiness. Dynamic Governance (DG) may provide the answer. We will focus primarily on applying Agile philosophy and the 3 principles of DG to design organizations at different levels of scale.

    Opening Keynote -- Focus and the Four Flows

    presented by Clarke Ching

    May 7 8:00 AM to May 7 9:30 AM

    Come with me on an Agile Journey. We start in late 18th –century Glasgow where James Watt is about to make his greatest discovery 9hint: it is not the steam engine). We’ll then move to April 15th, 1865 (the day of Abraham Lincoln’s death) where the model used to deliver modern Agile software projects emerged, out of the blue, in one of today’s dying industries. Finally, we’ll leap forward to just over a century to Spain, 1975, where the Zara Clothing company is about to open their first store. Along the way we’ll unearth the 4 Agile flows. You already know 1 of them … but what are the other 3 and why is it so important we focus on them?

    Out of the box Retrospectives using Future, Backwards

    presented by Rowan Bunning

    Track: In-Flight

    May 8 12:30 PM to May 8 14:00 PM

    Have you ever had the feeling in a retrospective that the thinking in the room is unduly constrained or suffering from tunnel vision? Perhaps we are suffering from a sense of 'learned helplessness' or simply not considering the bigger picture around the situation. This session gives you hands-on experience with a proven technique called 'Future, Backwards' that helps us to get ‘out of the box’ with our thinking, avoid causation fallacies, identify powerful interventions we may not have otherwise discovered, or help us see what entrained patterns of past perception are determining our future.

    Product Roadmaps to Bridge the Gap between Vision and Backlogs

    presented by Jason Tanner

    Track: In-Flight

    May 8 12:30 PM to May 8 14:00 PM

    Most Scrum teams understand the vision for their products and projects and build backlogs based on the vision. Various techniques for release planning exist to aid teams in constructing and organizing backlogs into iterations. What many teams lack is a collaborative technique to visualize the big picture between the vision, the product backlog and the release plan. Roadmapping is a critical planning process that bridges the gap between the multi-year corporate and product vision and the product backlog focused on the next release.

    Put Your Student in the Driver's Seat

    presented by Brian Rabon & Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

    Track: Pre-Flight

    May 7 10:00 AM to May 7 11:30 AM

    Learning objectives -As a session attendee, I want to list the key principles of accelerated learning, so that I can understand how it different from traditional teaching methods -As a session attendee, I want to understand how to establish a learning compass, so that I can effectively guide my students through the learning process -As a session attendee, I want demonstrate how to carve up my training into the 4 C’s, so that I can maximize my students learning -As a session attendee, I want to list several brief activities, so that I can establish connections and conclusions with the...

    Raving Retrospectives - Innovation Games & other techniques to facilitate creative retrospectives

    presented by Kate Megaw & Brian Rabon

    Track: Post-Flight

    May 8 14:30 PM to May 8 16:00 PM

    Do you find it challenging to keep your retrospectives innovative and creative so you get the maximum feedback from your scrum team? This session will review traditional retrospectives and give you 3 new innovative tools to add to your “tool kit” to help you facilitate creative, fun and engaging retrospectives. No matter what your project, project methodology or delivery model, everyone benefits from feedback on what they could do differently next time. The session will involve a mix of lecture, workshop and discussion. No "Death by PowerPoint" here!

    The Agile Gap: Filling It In With UX

    presented by Brian Anderson & Kaleb Walton

    Track: In-Flight

    May 7 14:30 PM to May 7 16:00 PM

    At the conclusion of this Pre-Flightsentation, I hope the participants walk away with the confidence and encouragement to... - Recognize that user stories and epics do not fully describe the user experience - Discover how scenarios make Agile better by describing the complete user experience - Experiment with generating Agile stories from scenarios - Empower the UX professionals on their team to make themselves more essential in the Agile process.

    What's Done Is Done: An Exploration of What "Done" Means At Various Levels

    presented by Daniel Gullo

    Track: Pre-Flight

    May 8 14:30 PM to May 8 16:00 PM

    The definition of done is a fairly popular (and sometimes emotional) topic in the Agileverse. It seems everyone has an opinion on the matter ranging from “It depends,” to a meticulously designed set of business rules and criteria that account for every possible scenario. This session will discuss what the “Definition of Done” means to different stakeholders across the organization at the User Story, Sprint, Release, Product, and Program Level. Group participation will be incorporated into updates of the materials and shared-back with the community at large.

    Your Team's Indispensable Asset: The Scrum Business Analyst

    presented by Bill Gaiennie

    Track: In-Flight

    May 8 14:30 PM to May 8 16:00 PM

    As Scrum development practices become more mainstream, many Business Analyst Professionals are being asked to apply their expertise to this new approach for product development and delivery. This can leave many BA’s wondering what their roles on a Scrum project are, how they fit into the Scrum team, and how they apply their skill set effectively and successfully. This Pre-Flightsentation will work through the mapping of the BABOK to Scrum principles and will explore how to operate as an indispensable asset to the Scrum team, the Scrum Business Analyst.

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