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Paris: 2013 Global Gathering 9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile 3 Place du General Koenig 75850 Paris Cedex 17 Paris France 48.8855337 2.2570236

Global Scrum Gathering Paris 2013

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Thank you to all who participated in the Scrum Gathering Paris. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans. Registration is now OPEN.

Thank you to our Gold sponsors, Zenika and Agilbee; Silver sponsor, RippleRock; and Bronze sponsors, Platinum Edge, HP, Valtech, and Simplilearn for their sponsorship of the Paris Gathering.

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  • Registration Fee
    Your registration gives you full access to all keynotes, sessions, and special events. Lunch, and AM & PM breaks are included [Monday - Wednesday] plus any evening events.

    Breakfast is included in the special guestroom rate at the host hotel when booked through the downloadable reservation form [found in the Hotel and Travel tab below]. The Global Scrum Gathering is not providing breakfast to those who book through any other means.

    Regretfully, we cannot offer 1-day passes or allow sharing of passes.

    Dress code: Business casual, jeans acceptable.

    Please be sure to read all the information below before beginning your registration.


    Early Bird (Ends June 28, 2013): $1,150
    Regular: $1,350
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    Early Bird (Ends June 28, 2013): $1,400
    Regular: $1,600
    Not a Scrum Alliance Member? Sign up today and receive a 2-year subscription for only $100 USD


    Price: $950
    Regular: $1,350
    Discount is automatically applied, certifications are verified. 

    First-Time Attendee

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


    10% Discount
    Groups of (3) or more enjoy a 10% discount. The discount is automatically applied off the total registration cost if all parties are of the same registration type [All member or all non-member]. Should a party have a combination of registration types, please contact 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. The discount is automatically applied off the total registration cost if all parties are of the same registration type [All member or all non-member]. Should a party have a combination of registration types, please contact


  • Hotel and Travel

    Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

    Special guestroom rates are being offered to all attendees of Scrum Gathering Paris.
    Classic Room Single Occupancy: 180.00€ including VAT
    Classic Room Double Occupancy: 200.00€ including VAT

    Note: Breakfast is included in the special guestroom rate at the host hotel when booked through the downloadable reservation form or by phone [see below for more information]. The Global Scrum Gathering is not providing breakfast to those who book through any other means.

    To book your hotel, please complete one of the following:
    - Visit the Online Hotel Reservations system to book your room online.
    - Call the hotel at +33 1 40685281 and mention Scrum Alliance to receive our special group rate.
    - Download the Hyatt Regency Reservation Form and return the form by fax or email -- as specified on the reservation form.

    Why stay at the conference hotel?

    This is where the action is! Networking opportunities are around every corner and in every elevator. Save time getting to and from breakouts and sessions, and enjoy the convenience of going back to your room between events to make phone calls and check emails. We appreciate you making your reservation at the conference hotel where we have negotiated contracts to give you the best value and service. Your reservation also helps ensure we meet our contractual obligations with the hotel.

    Join Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in France for Scrum Gathering Paris 2013. 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 Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile there are a few options:

    From Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):

    Taxi: €40.00 (one way) approximately 40 minutes.

    Shuttle bus: The Air France shuttle bus "Les Cars" Line 2 stops immediately outside the hotel and goes direct to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. Approximate journey time 45 minutes, €13.00

    Subway/Metro: €8.00, metro station is located close to Terminal 3. Take RER B (blue line) to Châtelet-Les Halles and transfer to Line 1 (Red Line) to Porte Maillot.

    Car Rental: The car rental desks at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport are open from the first flight of the day until after the last flight lands, with the desks located around the various terminals. The larger companies have a desk in more than one terminal i.e. Avis (Terminals 1, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2) and Hertz (Terminals 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2F). Click here for driving directions.

    From Orly Airport (ORY):
    Estimated taxi fare: €35.00 (one way) approximately 40 minutes

    Subway/Metro: €15.00. Take Orlyval (yellow line) to Antony and transfer to RER B (blue line) Châtelet-Les Halles to transfer to Line 1 (Red Line) to Porte Maillot.
    Hotel Address:
    3 Place du General Koenig
    75850 Paris Cedex 17
    Paris, France

  • Theme, Track and Chair(s)


    Global Scrum Gathering Paris 2013 will be a unique opportunity to gather Scrum practitioners and those interested in improving their project management practices. There are more and more success stories proving the positive impact of Scrum in various business areas -- not only IT -- allowing us to experience these various business’ standards, practices, and cultures. The culture of an organization is one of the key dimensions in understanding how to transform organizations into "Agile organizations."
    Paris is a great place to talk about "culture" as Paris is the great cultural capital, making it a great place to discover how culture may impact the Scrum community! We will examine how to help organizations be Agile and use Scrum efficiently in each organization’s culture, as well as multicultural teams in off-shore projects, and multicultural teams in large organizations with stakeholders from different business areas and from different technical domains. 
    -- Patrice Petit & Xavier Warzee, Global Scrum Gathering Paris 2013 Co-Chairs


    Patrice Petit has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and teaches Agile in several universities in France.  An Agile Coach and Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer, Patrice Petit founded and manages two learning organizations: Agilbee,an Agile Training and Coaching Company specialized in teaching by serious games (Scrum, eXtreme Programming and TDD); and Agilii a Project Management Consultancy Company.

    Patrice has over 20 years of experience in a variety of software and research environments and has practiced Agile since 2000. Specializing in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques; Patrice in 2005 created the first company in France regarding Agile Coaching topics. As an Agile pioneer in his country, he created and organized the first French Agile events: Agile Tour Paris, Chaos and Agile In Action, XP Day France, and presented Scrum for the first time in France through the SIG event during December 2005. He also founded Agile France in 2008 and more recently Agile Paris.

    Xavier Warzee is an agile coach since 2005, Certified Scrum Master in 2006. 
    From 2006 to 2007, Xavier has been the leader of the "eXtreme Programming (XP) offer". During this period, Xavier has been involved in several large projects using Scrum/XP. In 2008, Xavier joined Microsoft to help partners and customers adopt an agile approach. 
    In June 2010, Xavier was elected President of the French Scrum User Group. To develop the "Scrum ecosystem", Xavier created and led the organization of the Scrum Day 2011, 2012 and 2013, gathering each time more than 500 attendees.

    In November 2011, Xavier joined Palo IT as CTO to facilitate implementing "agile culture" and "learning organizations" using "Enterprise Social Networks", "culture hacking" patterns used at Zappos. In August 2013, Xavier founded "Scrum Conseil" to apply an innovative approach based on Scrum, "culture hacking" patterns, "Innovation Games®" and ability to combine talents with "Action | Types®" to  help organizations to be highly performant respecting people integrity.


    Global Scrum Gathering Paris is focusing on the culture of Scrum and your organization. Each session is categorized by track and level of experience. While in the City of Love, have been used to demonstrate each track’s primary level of audience understanding and comprehension. 
    Target Audience for the Program:
    ♥ - Entry Level
    ♥♥ - Intermediate Level
    ♥♥♥ - Expert Level

    Emerging Agile Culture

    This theme aims to integrate existing cultures to align them toward culture-oriented values, change, and collaboration that's conducive to Agility.

    Managing Multicultural organizations

    This theme aims to tackle the complexity of interactions between cultures at different levels: perception of the world, management methods, communication modes, decision-making modes, etc.

    Expanding an Agile Culture in a Complex World

    This theme aims to define cultural tools (patterns, management practices, methods, etc.), helping to install in a sustainable way an Agile culture within organizations. These tools help organizations express their potential to adapt to changes in a complex world and find innovative solutions.

    Empower Agile Culture with Other Cultures, Domains, and Approaches

    This theme aims to explore the contribution of innovative domains that can empower the Agile culture.

    Applying an Agile Culture in Other Domains Than IT

    This theme aims to discover domains of use and adaptation of the Agile culture to show the power of this culture.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Opening Keynote, Henrik Kniberg (1 of 3 speakers)


    Henrik Kniberg is an Agile/Lean coach at Crisp in Stockholm, currently working with Spotify. He enjoys helping companies succeed with both the technical and human sides of software development. During the past 15 years he has been CTO of three Swedish IT companies and helped many more get started with Agile and Lean software development.

    Henrik is a former board member of the Agile Alliance and works regularly with Mary Poppendieck, Jeff Sutherland, Alistair Cockburn, and other thought leaders. He is the author of “Scrum and XP from the Trenches” as well as “Kanban and Scrum, Making the Most of Both” and “Lean from the Trenches.” These books are available in over 12 languages, have more than 500,000 readers, and are used as a primary guide to Agile and Lean software development by hundreds of companies worldwide.

    Culture > Process
    Let's examine what Agile Culture really means, and how companies like Spotify stay agile by breaking all the rules.

    Tuesday Keynote, Dan Mezick (2 of 3 speakers)


    Daniel Mezick is an authority on culture, self-management, and self-organizing teams. An expert on culture design and business agility, Dan’s client list includes Zappos Insights, CIGNA Insurance, and hundreds of smaller organizations.

    Applying Agile practices since 2006 and coaching teams and organizations since 2008, Daniel is the author of “The Culture Game: Tools for the Agile Manager.” Describing 16 proven patterns of group-learning behavior derived from Agile, the book also provides a proven way to spread these learning patterns throughout the wider culture of your entire organization.

    Daniel is a founder and executive coach at, a team of Agile coaches based in Boston, MA, U.S. He is also the founder of, one of the largest Agile user groups in the U.S.

    You can reach Daniel by mail via, by phone at (203) 915-7248, on Twitter via @DanMezick, and on the web at


    Tuesday Keynote Sponsored by 

    Open Agile Adoption 

    The Agile journey may be best characterized as a tribal rite of passage. Those who are taking the next step always do so as a group. During the journey, all the participants share the same basic status. Successful participants find themselves in a new and very unfamiliar place. And lastly, anyone who wants to complete the journey must also be willing to leave many things behind.

    • In tribal societies, passage rites from start to finish are led by a “master of ceremonies.”
    • Is the modern journey into agile actually a passage rite… for modern tribes?
    • Is the Scrum Master in fact the master of ceremonies in a modern rite of passage for teams and organizations?
    In this session, together we explore the surprising answer. We also explore how to specifically leverage Open Space as a tool for helping to create authentic and lasting Agile adoptions.

    Closing Keynote, Dario Nardi (3 of 3 speakers)


    Dario Nardi, Ph.D., is a fellow at the University of California Los Angeles. From 1998 to 2011, he taught computing, complexity theory, group dynamics, and a blend of these: computer modeling and simulation of social systems. He has won teaching awards for “Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom” and was named UCLA’s 2011 Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

    His academic background includes engineering, linguistics, and creative writing. Dario has been a Myers-Briggs personality type certified presenter, trainer, and author since 1994. His publications include Neuroscience of Personality: Brain-Savvy Insights, 8 Keys to Self-Leadership, 16 Personality Types: Descriptions for Self-Discovery, Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types in Organizations and Character and Personality Type: Discovering Your Uniqueness. Dario is the founder and president of Radiance House, a books and media publishing company. For the past six years, Dario has conducted hands-on neuroimaging using EEG technology, with a focus on lines to personality, sociality, and skills development.


    Cultures, Brain, and Personalities – Insights for Teams

    How can we all better program together? Culture, cognition, and career choice all contribute to one’s brain development. And when we know how the brain works, our human OS, we have more leverage over ourselves.

    In this lab, Dario Nardi studies people’s brain activity as they engage in various tasks, including socializing, creativity, and work. While we are equipped with a similar toolkit, as individuals we have favorite tools. Which tools we use – and how we utilize them together – depend on culture, personality, and career choice. Moreover, people who favor similar brain patterns seem to communicate and work well together. Thus, teams face extra challenges when they are composed of different cultures, personalities, and career skills. Fortunately, we can now assess how a person’s brain works and chart a team’s cognitive strengths and pitfalls. We can locate linkages to smooth teamwork and foster resonance.

    Dario Nardi will provide an overview of key insights about teams and brains and offer some advice to help us get and stay on the same wavelength.
  • Schedule and Program

    Sunday, September 22, 2013

    15:00 – 18:00 Registration

    18:00 – 19:00 Welcome Reception

    Monday, Sept 23, 2013

    12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 – 15:00 90 Minute Sessions

    15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Break

    15:30 – 17:00: 90 Minute Sessions

    18:00 - 21:00 Networking Night @ Palais Maillot

    Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013

    12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 – 15:00 90 Minute Sessions

    15:00 – 15:30 PM Break

    15:30 – 17:00 90 Minute Sessions

    17:00 - 18:00 RippleRock Happy Hour

    Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013

    6:30 - 9:00 Breakfast - Hotel Guests ONLY

    9:00 - 10:00 Open Space Opening

    10:00 - 10:45 Open Space Breakouts

    10:45 – 11:15 AM Break

    11:15 - 12:45 Open Space

    12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

    13:45 – 15:00 Open Space

    15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Break

    15:30 – 17:00 Closing Remarks & Closing Keynote- Dario Nardi

  • About the City

    Experience Paris

    We have selected Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile in Porte Maillot, in the 17th district of Paris to host the Gathering. Paris, also known as The City of Light/Love, is known for its culture, cuisine and couture which are evident in its offerings, but Paris is also every bit a modern metropolis.

    The weather in September is still pleasant but starts to get a little cooler (21 C down to 12 C, 69 to 54F). You won't find sunshine every day though, so be prepared for days when it could be overcast with a little rain.

    Add some extra days to your trip and make time to visit some unique sites and attractions that distinguish Paris as The City of Light/Love.

    Here are the Top 10 Things to do in Paris. For more information on Paris and its attractions, visit the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    1. Attend the Global Scrum Gathering Paris, September 23-25, 2013
    2. Eiffel Tower
    3. Visit international renowned and local museums such as: The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and the Museum of Modern Art. With more than 60 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area, you will never have a shortage of Parisian culture.
    4. Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    5. Champs-Elysées
    6. Notre Dame Cathedral
    7. The Sacred-Heart Basilica of Montmatre
    8. Stroll or take a boat on the River Siene
    9. Disneyland Paris
    10. Père Lachaise Cemetery This is the largest cemetery in Paris and the world’s most visited cemetery. There are many famous gravesites and tombs there including Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Proust, Collete, Jim Morrison, Victor Hugo, Edith Piaf and the site of three World War I memorials.
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Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
Paris, France


23-25 September, 2013

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