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2009 Orlando Scrum Gathering

  • Event

    Join with Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in the sunshine of Orlando Florida to share in a mix of experience, information, values and expert insight that provides a framework for evaluating and incorporating the Scrum process. Learn from experienced practitioners, Scrum founders and leaders in the agile community, including, but not limited to, the following

    Distinguished Speakers & Certified Scrum Trainers (detailed bios are found on the speakers tab):
    Ken Schwaber, co-founder of Scrum Jeff Sutherland, co-founder of Scrum
    Gregory Balestrero, President & CEO of PMI Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software
    Alistair Cockburn, Humans & Technology, Inc. Ron Jeffries, one of 3 founders of Extreme Programming
    Jim "Cope" Coplien, Gertrud & Cope Chet Hendrickson, early adopter of Extreme Programming
    Details In Brief

    WhoEveryone! This collaborative, interactive event is open to all who are interested in finding a better way to get things done.

    What:  A gathering of the Scrum community

    Why:   To share and learn in an interactive environment

    When:  March 16, 17, and 18, 2009. Opens at 7:00 am EST on March 16. Closes at 3:45 pm EST on March 18.

    Where:  Orlando, Florida USA
    How:  Simply click the Register Now button.  Space is limited so sign up today.  The last two Scrum Gatherings have sold out weeks in advance. 

    Participating in a Scrum Gathering is an important step in expanding Scrum knowledge for Scrum users of all skill levels, as well as a great introductory opportunity for those who are investigating the possibility of using the Scrum process. A day of Open Space will afford participants the opportunity to set agendas, discuss timely topics and interact with industry experts and peers in casual group settings.

    Additional info about the program content and keynote speakers, venue, hotel, transportation and area attractions is featured under the tabs listed above. 

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    Please join us in thanking our sponsors. To become a sponsor, contact Public Relations.


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  • Details

    Date: 16-18 March, 2009
    Location: Orlando, FL, United States

    Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel & Conference Center
    6000 W Osceola Parkway
    Orlando, FL 34746 United States
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    Regular Price:

    Scrum Alliance and PMI Members: $1500 USD

    Non-Scrum Alliance Members: $1800 USD

  • Program

    Orlando Scrum Gathering 2009 Program

    This schedule is subject to change (updated 2 March 2009).
    Monday, 16 March 2009
     Time Event Location & Details
    7:00 - 8:30 am Coffee Service
    Osceola Lobby A
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Osceola Lobby A
    8:30 - 9:00 am Opening Session

    The Scrum Alliance Moving Forward: Ken Schwaber, President Scrum Alliance, and Jim Cundiff, Managing Director Scrum Alliance

    Osceola Ballroom C

    9:00 am - 10:15 am ScrumHub Research

    Scrum Research at Carnegie Mellon: Dr. Mark Paulk,  Senior Systems Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University

    Osceola Ballroom C

    10:15 - 10:30 Break Osceola Lobby C
    10:30 - Noon Concurrent Feature Presentations Leading Self-Organizing Teams: Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software, Osceola Ballroom A

    Not your Grandfather's Architecture: How MVC has evolved into the Agile world: Dr. Jeff Sutherland, Scrum Inc. & Jim “Cope” Coplien, Gertrud & Cope, Osceola Ballroom B

    Show Me the Software!: Ron Jeffries, and Chet Hendrickson, HendricksonXP, Osceola Ballroom D

    Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch & Keynote Address
    View from PMI: Gregory Balestrero, President & CEO, Project Management Institute, Osceola Ballroom C
    1:30 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Feature Presentations

    Leading Self-Organizing Teams: Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software, Osceola Ballroom A

    Scrum Sensibilities: Dr. Jeff Sutherland, Scrum Inc. & Jim “Cope” Coplien, Gertrud & Cope, Osceola Ballroom B

    You thought you knew Scrum? A Ken-and-Alistair Duet: Ken Schwaber, ADM, and Dr. Alistair Cockburn, Humans & Technology, Inc., Osceola Ballroom D

    3:00 - 3:30 pm Break Osceola Lobby C
    3:30 - 5:00 pm

    Concurrent Breakout Sessions.

    Stories of a Very Large Scale Implementation of Scrum: James Schiel, Danube Technologies and Kiran Thakkar, Siemens Medical Solutions, Osceola 1

    Helping Pigs Fly: Tom Mellor, Certified Scrum Trainer, Osceola 2

    KeyCorp and Agile – An Interesting Relationship: Tom Seffernick and Lalit Talesara, KeyBank N.A., Osceola 3

    Scrum in the Waterfall: Dave Prior, EMC, Osceola 4

    Legally Agile-A View from Lady Justice: Bob Schatz, Agile Infusion and Dan Schatz, Esq., Osceola 5

    Adobe's Scrum Adoption Experience: Peter Green and Peter Smith, Adobe Systems, Osceola 6

    Improved Team Dynamics as a Result of Scrum: Brian Diffin and Emad Georgy, CCH, Tampa 1

    Relating PMI's PMBOK Practices to Scrum: Michele Sliger, Sliger Consultling, Inc., Tampa 2

    Implementing Scrum on a Large Scale: Dan LeFebvre, Kronos,Tampa 3

    Scrum Embedded Systems: Bent Myllerup, Myllerup Consult & TC Electronic, Sarasota 1

    Death by Scrum Meeting:* Pete Behrens, Trail Ridge Consulting, Sarasota 2

    Becoming Agile-an experience report of Agile from small to large organizations: Gabrielle Benefield, Scrum Training Institute, Sarasota 3

    5:00 - 6:30 pm Scrum Gathering Reception
    Castillo Fort in St. Augustine Area of Hotel Atrium

    * Indicates Introductory Scrum Session

    Tuesday, 17 March 2009
     Time Event  Location & Details
    7:30 - 8:30 am Coffee Service
    Osceola Lobby C
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm ScrumHub Exhibit

    CSM Beta Testing
    Destin 1 & 2
    8:30 - 9:00 am Opening Words

    ScrumBut: Ken Schwaber, Scrum Alliance President

    Osceola Ballroom C

    9:00 - 9:30 am Open Space Introduction Facilitators Ainsley Nies, Acorn Consulting Enterprises & Chris Sims, Technical Management Institute

    Osceola Ballroom C
    9:30 - 10:00 am Open Space Topic Brainstorm & Selection Osceola Ballroom C
    10:00 - 11:30 am Open Space Breakout Sessions

    You, as the participant in Open Space, will set the agenda items for your individual breakout sessions. Read more about open space technology.

    Osceola Ballroom C, Osceola 1-6 and Daytona 1 & 2

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Piazza/South Beach Pool or Osceola A & B
    1:00 - 3:00 pm  Open Space Breakout Sessions

    Osceola Ballroom C, Osceola 1-6 and Daytona 1 & 2

    3:00 - 4:30 pm  
    Concurrent Speaker-Led Sessions

    Product Owner Roles & Responsibilities:* Danny (Danko) Kovatch, AgileSparks, Daytona 1

    How I use the Burndown Chart:* Arne Ahlander, Softhouse, Daytona 2

    The Agile PMO: Scaling Scrum through Adaptive Governance: Sanjiv Augustine, LitheSpeed, Osceola 1

    We can’t go to market, we haven’t built enough!  How product owners can change the nature of delivery: Robin Dymond, Innovel LLC & Jeff Patton, Osceola 2

    Top Ten (or so) Things I Learned in Implementing Scrum at Double Click: Karen Delfau, Google/DoubleClick, Osceola 3

    Keep NASA Flying with Scrum: Bob Schatz, Agile Infusion, LLC and John J. Hopkins, NASA, Osceola 4

    What should we do next?: Philipe Kruchten, University of British Columbia at Vancouver, Osceola 5

    Mapping the Change Battlefield: George Schlitz and Giora Morein, Big Visible Solutions, Osceola 6

    * Indicates Introductory Scrum Session

    Wednesday, 18 March 2009
    Time Event  Location & Details
    7:30 - 8:30 am Coffee Service Osceola Lobby C
    8:30 - 10:00 am Open Space Wrap-Up
    Ainsley Nies, Acorn Consulting Enterprises & Chris Sims, Technical Management Institute

    Osceola Ballroom C

    10:00 - 10:30 am  Break Osceola Lobby C
    10:30 - Noon Concurrent Speaker-Led Breakout Sessions

    Introducing Scrum within a Start-Up Games Company: Harvey Wheaton, Supermassive Games, Osceola 1

    PMP? ScrumMaster? So what's the difference?: Jesse Fewell, Excella Consulting, Osceola 2

    Scrum at UOL: Alexandre dos Santos, UOL-Universe Online S.A. and Andreas Schliep, Osceola 3

    Grooming the Product Backlog: Roman Pichler, Pichler Consulting LTD., Osceola 4

    Scaling Scrum to Large Teams-Experiences of Implementation from 20 countries Worldwide: Patric Palm, Hansoft, Osceola 5

    Marriage of Prince 2 & Scrum: Martin Kearns, Renewtek Pty Ltd., Osceola 6

    Noon - 12:45


    Osceola Ballroom C
    12:45 - 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker
    Panel Discussion

    Ken Schwaber, Dr. Alistair Cockburn, Jim "Cope" Coplien,  Ron Jeffries, and Mike Cohn

    Osceola Ballroom C

    2:00 - 2:15 pm Break Osceola Foyer 2
    2:15  - 3:45 pm
    Concurrent Speaker-led Breakout Sessions Agile Creation of Multi-Product Solutions (SOA and Scrum): Thoralf Klatt, Nokia Siemens Networks, Osceola 1

    Adopting Scrum at CNN-Transforming a Culture (Getting the Horse to Drink): Michael Wollin, Turner CNN, Osceola 2

    Inspect & Adapt: Cheryl Neeser, Fidelity National Information Services, and Rod Hunter, Better Synergy Inc., Osceola 3

    Nourishing Agile Projects
    : Paul Ellarby, Thomson Reuters, Osceola 4

    ScrumBut Research: Gary Morgan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Osceola 5

    Gathering ends at 3:45 pm, 18 March 2009

  • Sponsors

    Please join us in thanking the sponsors of the Orlando Scrum Gathering:

     Conference Sponsor
    VersionOne is recognized by Agile practitioners as the leader in Agile project management tools.  Today more than 10,000 teams and 70,000 users in 50 countries use VersionOne’s Agile project management tools to streamline and standardize their Agile development efforts.  Since 2002, companies such as Adobe, Siemens, Sabre, Disney, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Sony, 3M and Business Objects have turned to VersionOne.

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    Gathering Presentation Sponsor

    Hansoft is an integrated project management solution for collaborative scheduling, Agile, bug tracking, workload coordination, and document management used by developers, product owners and project managers in more than 20 countries. The tool is fast and easy and builds on principles of team empowerment, increased communication, transparency, and collaboration. New Hansoft 5.3 also includes a Pipeline Editor to manage complex creation workflows, a Workflow Editor for testing, quality iteration and management sign-offs, as well as a new easy to use flow-based Report Generator.

    ASPE is a training firm that provides real-world training and consulting on all aspects of the software development life cycle including courses in Agile Methods, Project Management, Requirements & Business Analysis, and Software Testing. Courses are delivered through on-site delivery or via public courses taught in over 75 cities.
    The IT and Telecom SIG targets highly knowledgeable and experienced project management and technology professionals in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries. Our members are leaders of technically advanced projects that involve both Information Technology and Telecommunications. They help one another through scholarship, mentoring, and online information exchange programs. The SIG directly supports members' work efforts (and the earning of PDUs) through networking, information and tools provided in newsletters, on the web site, and frequent webinars.
    It all started about 13 years ago when a few project managers got together at a PMI Global Congress to discuss IS project management issues. The PMI Information Systems Specific Interest Group was chartered in 1995 and serves a global community of over 12,000 members. The members of PMI-Information Systems Specific Interest Group come from a broad range of industries, but all share a common interest in the professional development of the of project managers for information systems and technology projects. Our mission is “to become the professional IS project management organization of choice by providing the greatest value to current and prospective world-wide members through the delivery of quality and unique services and products in a cost effective manner.”
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    To become a sponsor, contact Public Relations.

  • Venue
    Securing Lodging

    Reduced Rate is still available as long as rooms are available.  Act fast before the hotel rooms are all gone!

    If you would like to secure lodging at the Gaylord Palms Resort, please call the hotel reservations call center at 407-586-2000.  Mention Scrum Gathering to receive the discounted rate.  Scrum Gathering attendees will receive a reduced rate of $231.00 plus tax plus resort fee per night for lodging.  This rate is good for the Scrum Gathering event dates and three days before and after the Scrum Gathering event; rate is applicable from March 13-21, 2009.

    The Gaylord Palms charges for parking.  $15.00 self-serve parking or $20 valet parking per day.

    Ground Transportation

    Mears Transportation is offering a special rate for conference attendees. Download the coupon and detailed information here.

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