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Las Vegas 2013 "Up the Ante" Global Gathering 5/6/2013 12:00:00 AM The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa 160 East Flamingo Road Las Vegas NV 89109 United States 36.115231 -115.165553

Las Vegas 2013

Thank you to all who participated in the largest gathering to date, the Scrum Gathering Las Vegas. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Global Scrum Gathering Paris. Registration is now OPEN.

Session presentations are now available for download by all Scrum Alliance members here » .

Thank you to our Platinum sponsor SolutionsIQ, Silver sponsor VersionOne, and Bronze sponsors David Consulting Group, Agile Learning Labs, CollabNet, Platinum EdgeRippleRock, and PMI! Interested in becoming a Scrum Gathering sponsor? Contact Yvonne Dewar at  

  • Registration Fee
    Your registration gives you full access to all keynotes, sessions and special events. Breakfast, Lunch, and AM & PM breaks are included [Monday - Wednesday] plus any evening events. Regretfully, we cannot offer 1-day passes or allow sharing of passes. Please be sure to read all the information below before beginning your registration.

    Early Bird: $1,1500
    Regular Registration Price: $1,350
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    Early Bird: $1,400
    Regular Registration Price: $1,600
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    Regular Registration Price: $950
    Discount code is required to receive the CST/CSC rate. Discount codes will be sent shortly from

    First-time attendee
    $200 Off!
    To receive First-Time Attendee discount code, please contact

    10% discount
    To receive the academic discount code, please

    Group Discounts***
    10% discount
    Groups of (3) or more enjoy a 10% discount, applied automatically off the total registration cost. Note: Registration and payment must be processed at the same time.

    * All prices are in USD
    ** % Discounts are calculated based on the selected registration type fee.
    *** Group discounts are calculated on the total cost of all registrations in the group. You will have the opportunity to add additional group members during this registration process. The total fees for all registrants in the group will be charged to the first person in the group's registration.


  • Hotel and Travel

    Accommodation update

    The Westin Las Vegas is sold out, but we have secured rooms at neighboring hotel Bally's Las Vegas, just a quick five-minute walk to the Gathering. Click here or call 1-877-603-4389 to speak with the hotel directly. Mention the group code SBSRM3 to RESERVE YOUR ROOM TODAY.

    Join the global Scrum community in a single location
    Join Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in Nevada for Scrum Alliance Global Gathering: Las Vegas. You'll find plenty of ways to participate as you share experiences, exchange information, and collaborate with fellow Scrum users. Get value and expert insight that provides you with a framework for evaluating and incorporating Scrum while you learn from experienced practitioners and leaders in the Scrum community.

    To get to The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, there are a few options from McCarran International Airport (LAS). 

    Airport Shuttle with Westin
    Estimated Fee: $7.00 USD (one way)
    Hours: Sunday - Saturday 3:30AM – 1:30AM
    Contact: (702) 739-7990

    Estimated Fee: $15.00 USD (one way)
    Available from the airport 24 hours a day.

    Executive Cars/Limousines
    Estimated Fee: $40 USD and up (one way)
    Available from the airport 24 hours a day.

    Driving Directions
    Click here to get personalized driving directions to the hotel.

    We've chosen The Westin Las Vegas in the heart of Las Vegas to host the Gathering. Situated one block from the Las Vegas strip, The Westin Las Vegas gives you a front-row seat to all the action and excitement of the city. The weather in May is a lovely transition from Spring to Summer (17°C up to 31°C, 63 to 88F). The city enjoys abundant sunshine year-round with its subtropical desert climate.

    Add some extra days to your trip and make time to visit some of the sites and attractions that make Las Vegas one of the world's premier tourist destinations.

    Experience Las Vegas
    Las Vegas Calendar of Events

    Check out some of the exciting things to see and do while you're in the city:
    The Walking Gourmet Tour
    Vegas Balloon Rides
    Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
    The Auto Collections
    Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
    BODIES…The Exhibition
    Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides
    The Mob Attraction
    CSI: The Experience

    160 East Flamingo Road
    Las Vegas , NV 89109
    United States
  • Theme, Track and Chair(s)
    In the course of approximately 75 years, Las Vegas went from being a small stop along the westward pioneer trail to one of the most visited cities in the world. Almost 37 million people each year come to enjoy the rich entertainment and culture which Las Vegas has to offer. This vast tourism industry was not the work of one individual but rather many successful entrepreneurs who followed their passion-driven vision and, with some risk, turned it into a business.

    An entrepreneur is an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative. Entrepreneurial Spirit, then, is the overall mindset and attitude of individuals which enables them to see opportunities; opportunities to create or rethink, engage or facilitate, opportunities to do or not do when it makes sense. Successful entrepreneurs have a vision for how they fit into the puzzle; they are able to choose or see the things that require their attention and dedicate themselves to achieving success at that level. They know how to serve their customers. Successful entrepreneurs are able to be transparent and honest, if not to everyone, most certainly to themselves.

    When we think about what it takes to be successful in the world of work, there are certain values that come to mind: focus, commitment, courage, openness, respect. Scrum embodies these values by providing a framework of practices that help unite individuals with entrepreneurial spirit. Those who are successful with Scrum practice the art of the possible as they seek to collaborate more effectively. They look for opportunities and take appropriate risks. Ultimately, those with an entrepreneurial spirit inspect and adapt in order to transform the world of work.

    This Gathering challenges you to "Up the Ante" on your Agile game. What would it take for you to go from good to great? What does an entrepreneurial spirit look like in your industry or organization? Where do you stand on the five core values and how might you develop competency in these to transform your world of work?

    Each of the Scrum Values guides you down the path of self-discovery during this conference wherein the presenters help identify where you might "Up the Ante." Within each of these tracks is a level of competency and mastery represented by different standard poker chip levels: White $1 (entry), Blue $10 (intermediate), Black $100 (expert). These poker chip levels serve as a fun way to reference the intended level of the sessions within each track. Please refer to them as you plan which sessions to attend.

    See The Future

    Establishing a vision is the first step in understanding the future. Planning, focusing on value, delighting customers. Don't live in the past with teams and organizational dysfunction. Keep a mind toward the art of the possible. This is the "What" in terms of delivery. It also includes the bigger picture and includes topics on organizational development, coaching, product road mapping, and similar activities.

    Build The Future
    This is where we focus on "How" to create the valuable work product. We think about the elements of Scrum like the Daily Scrum, Scrum Roles, Sprint Backlog, etc. Topics for this track include activities throughout the Sprint: effective retrospectives, collaboration techniques, removing impediments, and others.

    Tools of the Trade
    Here we focus on the tools and techniques for engineering practices such as continuous integration, code refactoring, pair programming, and unit testing. These constitute the technical aspect of "How" when it comes to value delivery.

    About Daniel Gullo, Chair of the Scrum Gathering Las Vegas

    Daniel has extensive experience teaching, coaching, and consulting for organizations of many sizes. He specializes in Agile adoption and transformation from an enterprise perspective; that is, focusing on not just the practices (what and how) but the underlying culture and attitudes (why) which contribute to an organization's growth and maturity.

    Daniel is the President of the Wilmington Chapter of the Agile Leadership Network and a frequent volunteer and speaker for the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is the Conference Chair for the 2013 Scrum Gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Daniel is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Agile Certified Professional (ACP), and PMP certified Project Manager. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Development and is a candidate for the Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) credential.
  • Keynote Speakers

    Opening Keynote, Jeff Sutherland

    Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum and a leading expert on how the framework has evolved to meet the needs of today’s business. The methodology he developed in 1993 and formalized in 1995 with Ken Schwaber has been adopted by the vast majority of software development companies around the world. But Jeff realized that the benefits of Scrum are not limited to software and product development. He has adapted this successful methodology to many other industries including: Finance, health care, government, higher education and communications.
    Scrum: The Future of Work Scrum has been around for almost two decades, and has evolved, changed, and grown in those years, but its core insights and ideas have remained the same. We will take a look back at the origins of Scrum, explore how those early ideas continue to drive Scrum, describe the current tipping point as Scrum enters the mainstream, and look at Scrum’s future impact on the nature of work and the structure of organizations.

    Tuesday Keynote, Bill Joiner

    With the publication of the award-winning book, Leadership Agility, Bill Joiner has become an international thought leader on the subject of agile leadership.

    Bill is a seasoned leadership and organization development consultant with over 30 years of experience working with companies based in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is President of ChangeWise, a Boston-area firm that partners with senior leaders to create high performing teams and transform leadership cultures. ChangeWise also provides workshops and action learning programs that enhance leadership agility.

    Bill’s most recent articles are “How to Build an Agile Leader” and “Creating a Culture of Agile Leaders.” Bill earned his Doctorate in Organization Development at Harvard University. Some of his clients include Aetna, Bell Canada, Corning, EMC, Fidelity, Harvard Business School, IBM, McKinsey, MIT, Partners Health Care, Pfizer, Polaroid, Royal Canadian Mint, State Street, Travelers, and various federal agencies.
    Leadership Agility 
    Scrum can transform software development teams in amazing ways. As Scrum takes hold and proves it worth, Agile practitioners see the opportunity for more. We need to develop agile organizations. To do this, we need a new kind of “leadership culture” at the senior and middle management levels. This is the innovation we need so our organizations can sustain continually renewed entrepreneurship and adaptability over the long term. But what does this kind of leadership look like in practical terms?

    In this keynote, Bill Joiner will introduce us to three “levels” of leadership Agility that emerged from in-depth research on the leadership needed in today’s highly complex, rapidly changing business environment. Going beyond previous conceptions of agile leadership, he will introduce us to the rarely practiced “Catalyst” level of leadership agility and how it can be applied to the larger challenges posed by today’s Agile initiatives.

    Closing Keynote, Alistair Cockburn

    Dr. Alistair Cockburn was one of the original authors of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. He also co-authored the Declaration of Inter-Dependence, organized the first Agile Development conference, served on the board of the Agile Alliance, co-created the Agile Project Leadership Network and the International Consortium for Agile.

    Alistair is widely known for his work on object-oriented design and development, on use cases, for his invention of the Crystal family of methodologies, and his mastery of agile software development. He was voted one of the "The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes" in 2007.
     Less widely known is that Alistair won his first award for poetry at age 40, got his PhD at age 50, broke a world record for master's swimming at the age of 55, holds five international patents on the design of flip-flops, speaks six languages, and created the Initial Response Technique massage and meditation form.

    Pay to Learn, and Related Advanced Agile Strategies

    The best agile developers use techniques and strategies not in the literature, even seeming sometimes to fly in the face of all things agile. This talk describes why those are great strategies, how to think about them, how to look for them. In terms of the Shu-Ha-Ri progression, this a reduction of Ri-level practice for Ha-level practitioners wanting to one-up their game, and points the way for Shu-level practitioners to get out of their Shu-box.
  • Schedule and Program

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

    15:00 - 18:00 Registration

    18:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast

    9:00 - 11:00 Welcome Remarks Opening Keynote, Jeff Sutherland

    11:00 - 11:30 Break

    11:30 - 12:30 60 min Session

    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 - 15:00 90 min Session

    15:00 - 15:30 Break

    15:30 - 17:00 90 min Session

    18:00 - 20:00 Networking Night @ Margaritaville

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast

    9:00 - 10:30 90 min Session

    10:30 - 11:00 Break

    11:00 - 12:00 60 min Session

    12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

    13:00 - 14:30 Keynote - Bill Joiner

    14:30 - 15:00 Break

    15:00 - 15:30 30 Min Session

    15:30 - 17:00 90 min Session

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    15:30 - 17:00 Closing Remarks/Closing Keynote

    8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast

    9:00 - 10:00 Open Space

    10:00 - 10:30 Break

    10:30 - 12:00 Open Space

    12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

    13:00 - 14:00 Open Space

    14:00 - 15:00 Open Space

    15:00 - 15:30 Break

  • About the City

  • Comments
    Nigel Baker, CST,Educator,CSP,CSM,CSPO,REP, 7/30/2012 5:25:19 AM
    Very much looking forward to this event!
    Eric Yang, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 10/2/2012 9:58:41 AM
    This should be a very good one, I am looking forward to it.
    Raoul Kaiser, CSM, 1/18/2013 2:01:06 PM
    What content is being planned for the 60 min and 90 min sessions each day?
    Paul Heidema, CSM,CSPO, 1/18/2013 5:34:36 PM
    The keynote presentations look awesome! Looking forward to seeing so many fellow Scrum and Agile enthusiasts!
    Srinivasan Valady Ranganathan, CSM, 1/19/2013 10:42:24 AM
    Iam a recent CSM. Wish I could be there. Seems very exciting in terms of sessions, networking and learning opportunities.

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The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa
Las Vegas, NV United States


6-8 May, 2013

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