Looking Back, Looking Forward - Surf The Tides Of Change
Life in San Diego is about discovery; leaving behind old roots and allowing one’s self to migrate beyond societal norms. Those who migrate to southern California come with an open mind, a passion to learn, and a desire to grow.
This year’s gathering will focus on "passion" and the opportunities that can transpire when people collaborate and share ideas.
The tracks focus on how to amplify the benefits of Scrum across all industries with a focal point of Growth through Shared Knowledge.
I. You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf (beginner, advanced): Paddle out and learn how to develop collaborative, high performing scrum teams. This track will feature sessions on building our Scrum Teams skills (Scrum Master, Product Owner & Team Members skills) as well as developing and nurturing high performing teams.
II. As the tides transform, a new journey awaits (beginner, advanced): How can we create a culture to reset the ‘World of Work’? How do we shift with the tides and grow the mindset beyond software development and information technology? Tides can be overwhelming like a tsunami, or they can be perceived as an opportunity. How do we accept the challenges of scaling with distributed teams? How do we measure? Change comes as a result of the Tides, but change in any environment can be uncomfortable so we need to respond and position ourselves for action.
III. Life’s a Wave: CATCH IT (beginner, advanced): Taking Scrum to the next level, Scale beyond the surf. Looking far beyond the basics. This track will focus on agile leadership and organizational agility. Can organizations progress from ‘doing agile’ to ‘’truly being agile’? See past the tides and across the Portfolio. How can you encourage the agile mindset among your Leaders and throughout your organization?
Champions of Agile: This is the first year we will have a Champion of Agile track at the Global Scrum Gathering. This track brings together invited speakers who are thought leaders in our industry. The track will host a mix of introduction and advanced topics ranging from Enterprise Retrospectives to Mob Programming and Agile Team Chartering. This track will challenge attendees to take Agile to the next level in their organization.
Agile Community: This Inaugural Agile Community track hosts a wide variety of sessions, nominated by the Agile User Groups across North America. These sessions represent some of the best sessions presented at Users Groups throughout the past 12 months. A mix of workshops and presentations with topics ranging from Scrum Values to Games or User Stories, we are excited to have these sessions in the program.
Scrum for Hardware Track*:
Scrum is moving into industry, into product development, and into manufacturing. Scrum for Hardware is as effective as Scrum for Software. In this three-day track, Scrum Alliance is going to introduce you to who is using it and how it works. Presentations, hands-on workshops, and coaching from experts will teach and inspire you to apply Scrum in your industry. Our experienced practitioners are excited to share with you the tangible results of using Scrum in industry. The Scrum for Hardware track will open your mind to the possibilities of using Scrum in new and exciting ways!
San Diego Co-Chairs
Kim Brainard has over 8 years of Agile experience and 15 years’ experience in IT project planning, implementation, and execution. Kim is skilled in building interaction and collaboration among organizations to drive change, support key business objectives, and maximize value creation.
Kim is sometimes referred to as “Unconventional” for her creative tactics to generate transparency and encourage self-development and as a “People Whisperer” for her street-savvy style of coaching that brings out the best in people. Kim’s fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect her with people of all walks of life on an intimate, intense, and individual level.
Kim is employed with the PCAOB as a Senior Agile Delivery Leader. She founded Agile Brain, a provider in Agile and Scrum training as well as a trainer to certify, "Training from the Back of the Room." Kim also founded a nonprofit, Santa Pays It Forward, dedicated to helping elderly in need. Kim adopted her first Senior in 2009 and as of 2015, Santa Pays It Forward adopted 528 Seniors throughout Maryland and Virginia. Kim attributes the success of Santa Pays It Forward to implementing the scrum framework and agile principles which proved to be ideal for the organization. Kim’s passion to help the elderly turned into reality and has continued to grow year after year.
Vic Bonacci is an Agile Coach at Bio-Rad Laboratories. Since 2007, Vic has been using Scrum to enable teams to do what they love: make great software. He started his career as a filmmaker, then worked a few years as a teacher before moving into software development. Vic grew into project management roles, but working as an Agile coach and facilitator is clearly the "sweet spot" where he is most effective, passionate and happy.
Vic renews the Scrum values by attending conferences and meetups, reading books and blogs, and getting involved with the community. His truest passion is giving back, and he’s always looking for opportunities to invite others to connect. Vic is host of the Agile Coffee podcast.
Vic also enjoys time with his family, playing guitar, and being outdoors in Southern California. He is a graduate of Ohio University (Athens, OH) and received an MBA from the University of Southern California.
* Track chairs Hubert Smits and Peter Borsella.