Our theme is Berlin itself - a powerhouse in Europe, like Scrum is the powerhouse for Agile worldwide. What makes Berlin so special? Berlin combines a flair for the creative, from movies to startups, a fascination with how things work, from technology to architecture, and a focus on the wider picture. Famous for its street scenes, the Berlin Bear, and, of course, the Berlin Wall, Berlin has been at the centre of what's happening across Europe for centuries, from European unification and the Euro, to street art and the "Berlinale" film festival, to the Bohemian lifestyle and the hub of technology start-ups in Germany. Just as Berlin is the source for so much inspiration across many diverse fields, Scrum continues to be at the centre of successful agile transformations worldwide and the archetype on which so many agile frameworks are based, providing the core for taking an agile mindset into the enterprise. Berlin is a great venue for the premier gathering of agile folks in Europe, and we look forward to this year's European Scrum Gathering laying the foundations for agility across many different businesses and industries.
Co-chairs for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin 2014 are Marion Eickmann and Dave Sharrock, both with agile42 – a fast-growing international agile coaching company, headquartered in Berlin with a offices across Europe and North America, that makes your agile transformation succeed.
Marion Eickmann is one of the founders and the executive director of agile42. She has been working in the field of software development and project management for more than 17 years. Since 2007, Marion has been successfully delivering local and global agile and Scrum projects internationally. Marion is very active in the Scrum community and organizes regular Scrum User Group Meetings in Berlin (#ScrumtischB) and regularly publishes articles about Agility, Agile Leadership, Scrum, Traceability, Collaboration and Requirements Engineering.
Dave Sharrock has over 20 years experience working with product delivery organizations. From Fortune100 companies to startups, telecommunications to branded consumer goods, Dave helps companies and organizations understand and realize the benefits of applying an agile/lean mindset to product development. A sought-after speaker and coach, Dave is an expert on organizational change and adopting agile processes and one of the few coaches to hold the Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) designations at the same time. For good measure, Dave also has a PhD and an MBA. Dave moved from Europe to Vancouver in 2010, has worked closely with the local agile community, AgileVancouver, and leads agile42 in North America.