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2019 North American Gathering Team (NAGT)

Introduction

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

Team Vision

To create impactful experiences that speak to Agile practitioners, professionals from the business community, and executive leaders through high-quality learning experiences, exclusive opportunities, and innovative event elements in order to establish the Scrum Gathering as a must attend, world-class, business event.

Team Membership

The team consists of nine members, seven of whom are members of the Scrum Alliance community, either via membership or certification. The selection of team members is based (in part) on subject-matter expertise, and balancing representation of the Scrum Alliance community and membership. Selection criteria also includes diversity requirements such as geography (members of the NAGT must be located in North America), ethnicity, and gender. Candidates with expertise to the Gathering location are a plus, but not required. The Scrum Alliance Director of Global Engagement will serve as the Product Owner for this team, and the Volunteer Coordinator will serve as the ScrumMaster. The Scrum Alliance Director of Global Learning will sit on the team as a subject matter expert in educational content.

Team members contribute via email, SMS applications, and teleconference, and are required to attend up to two North American based face-to-face meetings each year, as well the North American Gatherings. Team member terms are two annual North American Gatherings (approx. 30 total months) in length. Team members will be asked to sign an agreement at the beginning of their term and are expected to abide by the agreement and Scrum Alliance code of conduct, as well as the working agreement designed by the entire program team.

Currently There are Three (3) Spots Available on the 2019 North American Gathering Team (NAGT)

Responsibilities

The team shall meet on a regular cadence outlined in the working agreement, 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:

  • Identify program themes
  • Develop detailed timeline for submission and review process
  • Promote the open call for submissions amongst other subject matter experts and encourage submissions
  • Recruit diverse group of session reviewers and manage these reviewers
  • Finalize review and session selection
  • Facilitate communication with attendees, speakers, submitters, reviewers, and community members
  • Create a final program of all accepted sessions including their scheduled day and time
  • Suggest keynote speakers who 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, networks, corporate contacts, and other markets
  • Identify and make connections with potential corporate partners
  • Onsite responsibilities will vary but may include
    • Being present for the entire Gathering (Sunday through Wednesday)
    • Providing welcome remarks each morning
    • Introducing keynote speakers and facilitators
    • Providing closing remarks

Please note: Team members may not be included in any Gathering’s speaking session.

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 including catering
  • Management of CST/CSC Retreat prior to the Gathering
  • Budget management

Compensation

Team members will receive economy-class airfare, lodging, airport transfers, and meals for up to two face-to-face meetings 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.

How to Apply

Please submit your full contact information and as well as a link to a short video (5-7 minutes) with the following information about yourself:

  • Brief description of your background including your involvement in the Scrum Alliance community and any certifications you might hold
  • Brief description of prior conference involvement, Global Scrum Gatherings and otherwise
  • Why you would like to be a member of the Gathering Team and how you can contribute to the Vision
  • Confirmation that you are available for the first face-to-face meeting, February 2-4, 2018, in Austin, TX**

**It is imperative for all Gathering team members to be present for each face-to-face meeting. If you are not available on this date, please apply for a future opportunity.

Application Deadline: January 5, 2018

 

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