Theme & Tracks
Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler -- "Let the Good Times Roll!"
Our theme is a Cajun French expression that conveys the "joie de vivre" – joy of living – attitude that pervades south Louisiana, and especially the city of New Orleans. Our vision is that the Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014 showcases the powerful "goodness" that Scrum can bring to our products, our professional relationships, our workplaces, and our organizations - through conference offerings that are as rich and diverse as the host city for this Global SCRUM GATHERING®.
Tracks for this Gathering align elements of Scrum with some of the key elements of New Orleans' vibrant urban folk culture:
1. Rolling Down the River
Without the great Mississippi River, there would be no New Orleans. This track dedicated to ‘Old Man River’ embodies the origins of the agile movement, and the heartbeat of Scrum – adaptability, resilience, and continuous flow.
2. Hop On a Streetcar
New Orleans streetcar lines are the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in America and each streetcar is a historic landmark. Streetcar lines frame up a network that transports people throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City; the Scrum framework provides an operational structure for delivery of all kinds of product on a predictable schedule.
This track is dedicated to exploring Scrum as a management framework, including: planning techniques, extending Scrum for large-scale operations, metrics/methods for providing visibility and measuring effectiveness.
3. Jazzin’ It Up
Jazz has evolved for over 100 years from the work and creativity of many people and places, but it still calls only one city home – New Orleans. While jazz spans a range of music that is difficult to define, the core elements of jazz - spontaneity and improvisation – are consistently recognized.
Similarly, Scrum affords each delivery team the freedom and responsibility to adopt technical practices that work best for that team’s particular situation and makeup. This track explores ways that Delivery Teams have achieved harmony and innovation in communication norms, technical collaboration, design excellence, and consistent product quality.
4. “Throw Me Something, Mister!”
A New Orleans parade is not just an event to be watched – Spectators are expected to be active participants, demanding throws (beads, doubloons, and trinkets) from the float riders with their chants of “Throw me something, mister!”
This track is dedicated to the Scrum Product Owner role, who (like the krewes and riders in a New Orleans parade) must continually prepare for and respond to requests for direction and details on what features are to be delivered. “Throw Me Something, Mister!” aims to explore qualities/techniques that make a great Scrum Product Owner, as well as topics specific to product backlog management, prioritization, business value, and interactions with end users/customers.
This term (pronounced “lan-yap”) is uniquely Cajun French, and it means “a little something extra”. Lagniappe is an old custom that remains a strong practice in New Orleans culture.
This track is dedicated to giving the Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014 participants a little extra – like non-typical Scrum project success stories, tools/techniques from other disciplines that enhance Scrum effectiveness, or any other nuggets that don’t fit squarely into another track.
We are looking forward to receiving presentations from experts in the field who will inspire us with stories of success, current implementation best practices, and creative and fun applications of the Scrum framework for our theme "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler" or as we say in New Orleans:" Let the Good Times Roll!"
New Orleans Co-Chairs
Co-chairs for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014 are Anita Canafax and Michelle Russo, both with Geocent – a fast growing technology services company based in the Greater New Orleans area that provides innovative value-driven solutions to federal, state, local, and commercial clients.
Anita Canafax is a Program Manager with Geocent’s Federal Sector, where she specializes in building and leading high performing agile teams delivering software solutions to federal government clients. Anita has over 22 years of experience in system design and implementation, 12 years of IT Project management experience. She has been practicing Scrum since early 2009. In addition to SCRUM ALLIANCE® designations of Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and REP Trainer, Anita is also a Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC) and holds a degree in Business Administration.
Michelle Russo is the Agile Practice Lead for Geocent’s Commercial, State & Local Government Sector, where she supports Scrum/agile training programs and coaching for clients and internal initiatives. Michelle has a 25+ year history in the IT field, including both technical and management roles, and has been leading project teams using agile approaches since 2004. Michelle holds SCRUM ALLIANCE® credentials of CSM, CSPO, CSP, and was a presenter at the 2012 Scrum Gathering Atlanta. She also holds designations of PMP, PMI-ACP, Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Application Lifecycle Management (MCSD: ALM).
Both Michelle and Anita are approved trainers through SCRUM ALLIANCE'S® Registered Education Provider (REP) program. Individually and jointly they have organized and delivered numerous local events and informational presentations on agile/Scrum. Michelle and Anita co-founded the Agile New Orleans User Group (Agile NOLA) in 2012.