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Scrum Gathering Portland 2007

  • Event

    Attend the Spring 2007 Scrum Gathering

    Monday, May 07, 2007 - Friday, May 11, 2007

    Portland, Oregon, USA

    Held twice a year, the Scrum Gathering is an opportunity for Scrum users of all experience levels to gather together to learn and share about Scrum. You can choose from several introductory and advanced Scrum courses, including those leading to certification. The gathering also affords an open space session where you can discuss timely topics with experts and peers. For Certified Scrum Trainers, the gathering is a place to come together with your peers in a trainers-only environment. Whether you're just starting out or are an old hand, the Scrum Gathering is the place to be.

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  • Details

    Date: 7 May, 2007
    Location: Portland, OR, United States

    614 SW 11th Ave
    Portland, OR 97205 United States
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  • Program

    Monday, May 7

    Certified ScrumMaster Course Day 1 of 2

    One of the course offerings for the 2007 Spring Scrum Gathering, 7-11 May 2007, Portland, Oregon, USA, this course offers Certified ScrumMaster status and a one-year membership to the Scrum Alliance.

    Under PMI guidelines, the successful completion of this class merits fourteen PDUs.

    Instructor: Ken Schwaber

    Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Fee: $1,500.00 (includes Day 2)

    Facilitation for ScrumMasters

    ScrumMasters are responsible for making sure that Scrum is implemented properly. That includes making sure that the four types of meetings that happen every sprint (Daily Scrum, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective) are effective and well run. In this hands-on workshop, Jean Tabaka, author of Collaboration Explained, will demonstrate and teach the fundamental facilitation skills that every ScrumMaster needs.

    She'll cover the basic agenda for each meeting and give you guidance and tips for handling the "Sprint Review from Hell" and other meeting dysfunctions.

    Instructor: Jean Tabaka

    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Fee: $1000.00

    Working on Distributed Teams

    We know that agile teams work best when they are collocated. But many organizations continue to use distributed and off-shore teams to build software. In this session, we'll use a simulation to explore the dynamics of distributed teams. We'll also discuss strategies to compensate for distance.

    Instructor: Esther Derby

    Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Fee: $500.00

    Crossing Cultures

    Cultural diversity is the norm in the software industry. Differences in culture can be a source of creativity or they can torpedo the team. Whether we're working with people from another profession, nation, or regional culture, understanding the affects of culture and building bridges can reduce misunderstandings and improve productivity.

    Instructor: Esther Derby

    Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Fee: $500.00


    Tuesday, May 8

    Certified ScrumMaster Course Day 2 of 2

    One of the course offerings for the 2007 Spring Scrum Gathering, 7-11 May 2007, Portland, Oregon, USA, this course offers Certified ScrumMaster status and a one-year membership to the Scrum Alliance.

    Under PMI guidelines, the successful completion of this class merits fourteen PDUs.

    Instructor: Ken Schwaber

    Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Fee: Price listed on Day 1

    Advanced Topics in Scrum: Learning through Case Studies

    Once you've learned the basics, one of the best ways to improve your understanding of Scrum is through consideration of case studies. During this session, you will be given one- to four-page descriptions of a scenario facing a ScrumMaster, team, or product owner. Your job will be to think through the situation, discuss it with other session participants, and recommend a course of action. You'll also develop new case studies for the group to consider—based on your own situation if you’d like.

    During this time, the instructors will ask questions intended to guide the discussion. What they won't ever do is say, “That's right.” These case studies are intentionally chosen so that there is no one right answer and no obvious solution. You will be expected to think through some difficult problems—just like the ones you face on the job.

    Case studies will include a variety of topics, including troublesome team members, distributed teams, working within a non-Scrum organization, difficult product owners, and more. So, bring your toughest problems and come prepared to be challenged.

    Instructors: Mike Cohn and Bill Wake

    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Fee: $1,000.00

    Influencing Change in Organizations
    Have you noticed that it can be difficult to get your colleagues and/ or your organization to adopt Scrum?
    • "What's wrong with our current process?"
    • "We don't have time for change."
    • "Why change now?"
    • "It's not in the budget."
    • "We've never done that before."
    • "Leave me alone to do my work."
    • "Too many meetings!"

    Understanding the organizational dynamics of change is critical to influencing the shift from traditional software development to Scrum or other agile methodologies. This workshop will introduce you to strategies and tools that influence people and accomplish organizational change.

    Instructor: Diana Larsen

    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Fee: $1000.00

    Scaling Scrum

    Instructor: Ken Schwaber

    Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Fee: $750.00

    Wednesday, May 9 & Thursday, May 10

    Open Space 2-Day Event
    How are we facing the organizational challenges that surface when we start using Scrum?

    Join leading Scrum coaches, practitioners, and innovators in this two-day open space session focusing on organizational challenges. Come explore with us the challenges we face embedding Scrum in the surrounding structure and culture of our organizations. We'll ask and answer questions such as:

    • What are common organizational impediments, and how have we overcome or reconciled them?
    • Where are we making assumptions about what we can and can't do?
    • How do we notice that parts of the organization's culture that block us, but have become invisible to us?
    • How do we discuss the undiscussable?
    • How do we get support as organizational change artists?

    Share your challenges, strategies, success stories and how you've overcome stumbling blocks. We'll break into small discussion groups to address key organizational challenges. Got an organizational challenge you'd like to cover? Bring it with you and find a group to help you solve your problem. Each self-organizing discussion group will create a document or other record of their discussion, ideas, questions, and insights. Don't miss this opportunity to share with and learn from peers and experts. Make your plans to attend today.

    Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Fee: $625.00 (includes both days)

    Friday, May 11

    CST Meeting

    Time: This CST-only event is held from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Fee: $300.00

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I register for just one course?

    Can I register for both the CSM course and the advanced topics courses?

    No. The CSM course and advanced courses overlap. If you register for the CSM course, you can register for the Open Space event only.

    Can I attend just one day of the Open Space event?

    You can attend just one day of the Open Space event, but you must pay for both days regardless of how many days you attend.

    Is there a discount for registering for all four public days of the event?

    We do not currently offer a discount for multiple registrants or multiple events.

    What if I need to cancel?

    All cancellations must be received in writing or by email. If received before April 16, 2007, a $25 processing fee (per registered agenda event) will be incurred. No refund of any kind will be given for cancellation requests received after April 16, 2007. Substitutions from the same organization are welcome at no additional fee.

    What if the event is canceled?

    The Scrum Alliance reserves the right to cancel the event or substitute speakers. In the unlikely event that the Scrum Alliance should have to cancel the May 2007 Scrum Gathering, attendees will be refunded for the amount paid to attend the events at the Gathering, but the Scrum Alliance is not responsible for any other attendee-related expenses, including hotel and travel.

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