Scrum Alliance Newsletter- October 2013

In This Issue: Agile Atlas | Coaching Retreat | Agile Coach Camp | Tips / Perspectives

Letter from the Managing Director

Scrum Gathering Paris
Wow! The energy and passion generated at Scrum Gatherings never ceases to amaze me, and Scrum Gathering Paris was no exception! Over 400 attendees from more than 35 countries sharing their experience and passion for Scrum made this gathering a huge success!

I would like to recognize and thank the co-chairs, Xavier Warzee and Patrice Petit, for putting together a great program of exceptional keynote and session speakers.

Presentations and keynote speeches are now up and ready for you to view and download here. We have also posted pictures taken during the gathering on our Scrum Alliance Facebook page.

Many thanks to Daniel Gullo and all the volunteers who offered one-on-one coaching at the Coaches Clinic and to Adam Weisbart for organizing our largest Open Space ever. Appropriately titled Prioritized Passion, it was clear that a great deal of passion was created that day. Many topics were covered, including "Making Scrum Stick," "Why Sprint Zero Doesn't Exist," "Workplace Revolution," and "Intergenerational Engagement Using Scrum." Click here to check out the fantastic content everyone created.

We always appreciate and value your feedback on keynote speakers, sessions, and events as we inspect and adapt! I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2014 Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans and Global Scrum Gathering Berlin.

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.

Agile Atlas

September was perhaps the busiest publication month we've had on the Agile Atlas. We have new articles from Mishkin Berteig, Giuseppe de Simone, Paul Beckford, Kenny Rubin, Tom Looy, Ashish Mishra, Markus Gärtner, and Andrea Tomasini. Subjects include evolved forms of Scrum and Agile through the use of Agile ideas in education and training, handling of defects, and various approaches to "scaling" Scrum and Agile. Check them out here.

We are in the process of adding new tags so articles can be cross-linked, and we will be discussing how to use tags in SEO to perform well in search engines. We've added the ability for authors to include a little biographical information as well.

There is an ongoing discussion regarding whether the Atlas should continue to be its own site, reflecting its embrace of all Agile and related ideas, or whether it should retain that character but be folded into the Scrum Alliance website. This will be decided in due time by the Scrum Alliance team.

Either way, the Agile Atlas is the Scrum Alliance-supported site for publication of your thoughtful articles about the practical aspects of bringing Scrum and Agile ideas into the world. As content grows, so will its popularity and accessibility to people who need your help. Please continue to support it with articles. Thanks!

Scrum Coaching Retreat

Welcome to a new opportunity to change the world of work. Are you an Agile zealot who can't stop exposing organizational impediments or better ways for teams to collaborate? If so, the Scrum Coaching Retreat may be just what you are looking for. Come to beautiful Chandler, Arizona, on December 4-6, 2013, for this focused coaching retreat. Register now – only 20 spaces are left! Find more information and register at
Agile Coach Camp Canada 2013 – Open Space Thinking

Agile Coach Camp Canada 2013 brought together 80 people from eastern Canada and the northern U.S. for a weekend of Open Space investigation into Agile thinking and coaching. Friday night featured excellent Agile games, and Light Talks ("How Many Agile Coaches Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?" brought down the house). Saturday and Sunday were all Open Space, all day. We also had a play date! Find out how the Team Responsibility Game helped attendees personally experience the impact of dysfunctional teams in a fun way.

Scrum Tips

Image Three Useful Tips in the Pursuit of a Leaderless Standup
A good daily standup is a rare sight. How do we, as ScrumMasters or facilitators, achieve a good standup without micromanaging? There are a few things that are easy to implement and provide a lot of bang for the buck.
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Image Debugging Scrum Implementations
Scrum is easy to learn but difficult to implement, as has often been said. Everyone I have met has had tons of issues, from how to size a story to "Oh, we have a constant stream of bugs." Let's examine broad categories of issues.
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Image Scaling Scrum: Four Tips to Help with Organizational Change
When a company decides to embark on the Scrum journey, it may start with renaming a few project managers as ScrumMasters. It may even send them to become certified and then have them teach others. Things muddle along for a while, but then at some point the organization begins to stall, and no one understands why.
Read more »


Image Manage Objectives, Actions, and Uncertainty in Scrum
This article provides a simplified and commonsense perspective to understanding Scrum. Everything in Scrum can be summarized this way...
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Image A Product Owner's Journey from Traditional to Agile
I recently worked on a project in which almost everyone in the Scrum team was new. The product owners in particular had worked in traditional project delivery models...
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Global Scrum
Gathering News

Global Scrum Gathering Paris
Thank you to all who attended the Global Scrum Gathering Paris. Session presentations are available on the SGCDG webpage. Recorded keynote sessions are coming soon. Thank you to our Gold sponsors Zenika and Agilbee; Silver sponsor RippleRock; and Bronze sponsors Platinum EdgeHPValtech, and Simplilearn.

Global Scrum Gathering
New Orleans

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans May 5-7, 2014. Call for Papers opened on October 7. A big thank you to our sponsors already on board: Agile Learning Labs, CollabNet, RippleRock, Geocent, and Platinum Edge.

Global Scrum Gathering Berlin
Applications for the Scrum Gathering Berlin Chair are now being accepted. Download the application form here and return it before November 25, 2013. Mark the dates for the event on your calendar: September 22-24, 2014. Thank you to our sponsors who look forward to seeing you in Berlin: Agile42, Boris Gloger, CollabNet, RippleRock, and Platinum Edge.

Global Scrum Gathering Phoenix
We're happy to announce that the Global Scrum Gathering 2015 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 4-6, 2015. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Global
Scrum Gatherings

New Orleans, LA 2014
5 - 7 May
New Orleans, USA
Berlin 2014
22 - 24 September
Berlin, Germany
Phoenix, AZ 2015
4 - 6 May
Phoenix, USA

Sponsor an
Upcoming Gathering

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