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Global Scrum Gathering® Involvement Opportunities

Scrum Alliance Global Scrum Gatherings® offer practitioners worldwide the opportunity to come together to share their passion and knowledge about Scrum and Agile practices.

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North America Gathering Team

North American Global Scrum Gatherings take place every Spring and feature presentations from experts in the field, networking events, and opportunities to share experiences amongst the Agile Community.
Purpose of the Gathering Team
The Gathering Team consists of five Scrum Alliance community members and three staff members working together to create an engaging and innovative curriculum that reflects emerging trends in Scrum, Agile, and overall learning approaches. This includes assisting with the call for papers, securing paper submissions, and reviewing session proposals to create high-quality, diverse content for the Gatherings.

Team Membership
The five community Team Members, must be members of the Scrum Alliance community, either via membership or certification with the Scrum Alliance. The selection of team members is based in part on subject matter expertise, balancing representation of the Scrum Alliance community. Selection criteria also includes diversity requirements, including but not limited to geography (must be located in North America for this specific Gathering Team), ethnicity, and gender. The Scrum Alliance Director of Global Services will serve as the Product Owner for this team and a Scrum Master will be determined at the first meeting.

Gathering Team Members contribute via e-mail, teleconference, and are required to attend up to two face-to-face meetings each year as well the North American Gatherings. Team member terms are two North American Gatherings (approx. 30 months) in length with the exception of this inaugural year where some members will be asked serve terms of different lengths. Team members will be asked to sign an agreement at the beginning of their term and are expected to abide by the terms outlined as well as to the working agreement designed by the entire Gathering Team.
The Team shall meet virtually once every two weeks and shall meet more frequently as circumstances require. Team membership is a substantial commitment beginning a minimum of 12 months prior to the gathering dates and up to one month post-Gathering.

Team Members:

  • Help identify standard tracks that are expected to remain in place for a minimum of two Gatherings
  • Develop detailed timeline for submission and facilitate the review process
  • Promote the open call for submissions amongst other subject matter experts and encourage submissions
  • Recruit a diverse group of session reviewers and facilitate these reviewers.
  • Participate in final review and session selection to create program
  • Create a final program of all accepted sessions including their scheduled day, time, and room allocation
  • Target keynote speakers that align with the direction of the Gathering and fit within the allotted budget
  • Recommend Open Space and Coaches Clinic facilitators
  • Assist in promoting the Gathering to the Scrum Alliance communities, corporate contacts, and other markets
  • Identify and make connections with potential corporate partners
  • Onsite responsibilities will vary but may include
    • Be present for the entire Gathering (up four days)
    • Welcome remarks each morning
    • Introduction of Keynote Speakers and facilitators
    • Closing remarks
Please note: It is not permitted for the Team Members to submit or be included in a speaking session at either of The Gatherings for which they served on the Gathering Team.
Scrum Alliance Staff Support:
  • Manage paper submission system
  • Develop and send accept/reject letters
  • Develop and manage Speaker Acknowledgement Form
  • Design – Logo development, program guide, signage, print materials
  • All event management logistics
  • Management of CST/CSC Retreat prior to the Gathering
  • Budget management
Travel and Expense
Team members will receive economy-class airfare, lodging, airport transfers, and meals for up to two face-to-face meetings to be held in the Gathering host city per Gathering year. Team members will also receive economy-class airfare, lodging (up to five nights), airport transfers, and meals for all North American Gatherings during their Team membership term.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their application!

2017 Timeline
April 24 (week of) — Application review
May 1 (week of) — Notify committee members
May 8 (week of) — Announce committee
June — First face-to-face meeting in Minneapolis


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