Read below for a synopsis of this past event.
Date: 9-11 June 2014
Starts 4 pm on Monday, 9 June, for team formation
10-11 June: going deep at the retreat
The retreat is a long-term learning opportunity; it is about making connections that will continue to be valuable long after the retreat has ended.
We want everybody who attends to feel like they are playing a full part in the retreat, therefore the ticket price includes 2 nights' accommodation at the venue for the Monday and Tuesday nights. (The Lensbury is 30 minutes from London Heathrow and 45 minutes from London Gatwick airports.)
Note: This event is sold out!
If you would like to join the waiting list, please sign in on the REGISTER link on this page.
Event website: http://www.scrumcoachingretreateurope.com
Scrum Coaching Retreat - London (SCRLON)
On June 9-11, Scrum Alliance held its third-ever Scrum Coaching Retreat! It took place in Teddington, London, England, at The Lensbury hotel. The organizing team included Mark Summers, Helen Meek, Benjamin Cooke, and Zia Malik.
The team successfully raised the bar for what a Scrum Coaching Retreat should be. They selected a venue that was far enough removed from the temptations of other distractions. such as those around the city of London proper, where attendees might be lured away to visit the sights. The venue itself provided fantastic service all around; the rooms had ample wall space and open space for moving around, and the food and refreshments were delicious.
The team even managed to arrange sunny, 23 Cº weather all week! It was reminiscent of Southern California, not Dear Old Blighty. There were breakout teams working around tables on the patio enjoying fresh air, sun, and peaceful surroundings. It was peaceful, calm, soothing, and conducive to new ideas.
The first night, the 76 participants hit the ground running by passionately digging into the team formation and topic refinement. Many great conversations took place and I sensed that the tone was inquisitive and probing but constructive. As I wandered from group to group, taking pictures and briefly listening in on how the conversations and interactions were going, I noticed that most of the teams were jelling in a very short period of time. Some of the topics had been previously discussed on the collaboration board online, but they had not been finalized in advance.
By the end of the evening, teams were already well down the path of working on the problems they had identified. It was a strong start.
When dinnertime came, I found that everyone was friendly and easygoing and willing to work together, yet everyone was happy to have some time to learn about each other on a different level, more personal and real. After dinner, teams continued to work on their topics tenaciously.
The next morning, the teams resumed working after enjoying a full night's rest. They returned to the issues at hand with a fresh perspective and new ideas.
For the Retreat, Stuart Young was our graphic artist, drawing posters in real time that could be used by each team and for the Retreat in general. These drawings did in fact help with brainstorming and with forming some concrete imagery around abstract concepts.
The second day brought a hearty, full English breakfast, then teams jumped into the material with a fresh perspective and much gusto. They went right to work on their topics after the morning plenary session was dismissed.
The Global Steering Committee is pleased with the outstanding job that the London Team did in planning and delivering this event. They provided a collaborative space with just enough structure to help attendees stay focused but enough freedom and latitude to openly explore ideas and thoughts.
All in all, the Scrum Coaching Retreats are beginning to evolve and grow now that we are establishing some consistency in planning and execution.
Many thanks to the Retreat organizers for SCR - London! Well done!
The next stop along the route is SCR - Raleigh, North Carolina. Please consider attending the event if you would like to sharpen your coaching skills by taking a deeper dive on topics that are important to you.
Spread the word to others and let them know that Scrum Coaching Retreats are "must-have" events in their development plan for coaching, training, etc.
The information site for Raleigh is: http://bit.ly/sa-scr-raleigh
The registration site for Raleigh is: http://bit.ly/scr-raleigh