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Munich: 2016 Global Gathering 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM The Westin Grand Munich The Westin Grand Munich Arabellastraße 6 Munich 81925 Munich 48.151838 11.617288


Global SCRUM GATHERING® Munich 2016

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  • Registration Fee

    Your registration gives you full access to all keynotes, sessions and special events. AM & PM breaks and Lunch are included [Monday - Wednesday] plus any evening events. Breakfast is included in the room rate for those staying at the host hotel when booking through our reservation link. The Scrum Gathering is not providing breakfast for 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 read through the information below before completing your registration.

    Discount codes cannot be combined. Please read through the information below to determine the discount code which offers the most value to you.

    Registration Types, Pricing* & Discounts **


    Early Bird***: $1,150
    Regular: $1,350
    We will verify your Scrum Alliance membership and contact you from with any questions.


    Early Bird***: $1,400
    Regular: $1,600
    Not a SCRUM ALLIANCE® Member? Sign up for a membership today to take advantage of the member pricing for this Gathering.


    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
    To receive an Academic discount code, please contact

    Group Discounts****

    Groups of (3) or more enjoy a 10% discount. Contact with the names of all registrants within your party to receive the group discount. Note: Registration and payment can be done individually or together upon receipt of the group discount from when payment is processed.

    * All prices are in USD.
    ** % Discounts are calculated based on the selected registration type fee.
    *** Early Bird registrations do not have a specific cut-off date. These registrations are based on a first-come / first-served bases and will be available until the maximum quantities have been met.
    *** 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. Note: A discount code is needed to receive this 10% group discount. Please contact to receive the group discount.


  • Hotel and Travel

    The Westin Grand Munich

    Special guest room rates are being offered to all attendees of the GLOBAL SCRUM GATHERING® Munich 2016. A unique weblink to book your hotel with our special negotiated guestroom rate will be available by early 2016.

    Guestroom Single Occupancy: EUR 189.00 per night + service charge and VAT
    Guestroom Double Occupancy: EUR 219.00 per night + service charges and VAT

    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.

    The Westin Grand Munich
    Arabellastrasse 6
    Munich, Germany 81925
    Join Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in Munich for the GLOBAL SCRUM GATHERING® Munich 2016. 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 Grand Munich there are a few options.
    From Munich International Airport (MUC):
    Take the suburban railway S1 or S8 toward Innenstadt. Transfer to subway line U4 to Arabellapark (end of the line). Exit at Arabellapark, the final stop, and use the Rosenkavaliersplatz Exit. The hotel will be across the street on your right.
    One-Way: approximately 45 minutes
    One-Way Fee: EUR 10.40 per person
    One-Way: approximately 26 minutes
    One-Way Fee: EUR 55.00
    A shuttle service can transport guests between the airport and the hotel. Buses are available for rental by groups of four or more people. Reservations may be made through the Concierge or the reservations department. 
  • Theme, Track and Chair(s)

    Theme - Business Agility: How to Thrive in a Constantly Changing Environment

    How to help companies thrive in a constantly changing environment? How can executives of large- and mid-sized organizations set up their businesses to adapt and react faster to technological changes and challenges? How can they not only enable their teams to build things the right way but, even more importantly, ensure that they build the right things? What kind of structures are needed to involve and enable “smart creatives” to develop innovative and valuable products? To what extent do classic organizational structures support or contradict business agility? Let’s explore the different perspectives on what’s needed by whom. What are the needs of the executives? What are the needs of middle management? What are the needs of those who build the products in the end? Where are the gaps and how to bridge them?


    Dealing with Uncertainty: How to Build “Anti-fragile” Businesses in a Constantly Changing World

    The business world is changing in an ever-faster pace. What implications does this have on the products/services we are developing and on the companies we are working in? How should we set up/structure our businesses in order to deal with change better, i.e., faster and at lower cost? One can relate this track back to the fourth line of the Agile Manifesto: “Responding to change over following a plan,” and the seventh principle: “Working software is the primary measure of progress.” Ultimately we want session participants to understand the need and urgency of addressing this topic within their teams and organizations. In addition, they should learn some helpful insights, tools, and examples on how to start becoming “anti-fragile.”

    Effectiveness over Efficiency: Focus on Building the Right Thing Rather than Building Things Right

    Many people relate Scrum/Agile primarily to building things faster and maybe even at higher quality. We don’t believe this should be any teams’ primary goal. One cannot just build and hope to magically make the product stick with customers. Effectiveness, i.e., “doing/building the right thing” should be our teams’ goal. But there should always be a good balance between the different perspectives of quality — the inner quality (building the thing right) vs. outer quality (building the right thing). We want session participants to learn about tools and techniques to help increase team/organizational effectiveness. What discussions do teams have to have? What questions do they need to ask? How do they achieve great outcomes rather than increase their output?

    Empowering People: The Right Organizational Structure to Nurture and Foster “Smart Creatives”

    Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg from Google talk about “smart creatives” as product folks who combine technical knowledge, business expertise, and creativity. When you put today’s technology tools in their hands and give them lots of freedom, they can do amazing things, amazingly fast. Unleashing creativity within each team ensures that every member of the organization has the ability and desire to contribute value to the product. This includes evolving leads to a higher identification with the product and the company. These attributes are key to survive in this uncertain world. How do we get companies that are run by the goal of minimizing risk to maximize freedom for “smart creatives”? Session participants will learn how to create the right environment for these employees, from recruiting and HR to people and project management.

    Amplify Learning: How Do We Create the Right Experiments to Get the Right Learning Experience in Order to Reach the Next Level of Maturity — as a Product, as a Team, as a Corporation?

    For many years, companies have created knowledge centers or centers of excellence with limited success. Session participants will gain concrete insight into how companies are addressing knowledge centers. Discussions will include:

    • What do we really need to learn in order to validate whether the product that is evolving is moving in the right direction or not?
    • How can we create this kind of learning experience to get valuable input as fast as possible?
    • What is the necessary minimum? Think of the tenth principle of the Agile Manifesto: Simplicity is essential.
    • What are good environments that encourage experimentation and learning about both our products and how we work?
    • How do we transfer knowledge within organizations, especially within large corporations?
    • What tools can we use?
    • How do fast-learning organizations outperform the competition?

    All sessions will be categorized as one of three levels.

    Level 1 - Shu Target audience is new to Scrum/Agile. Shu is about learning the system. It is about traditional wisdom, learning fundamentals and techniques.

    Level 2 - Ha Target audience is advanced Scrum/Agile practitioners. Ha is reached when you understand the system.

    Level 3 - Ri Target audience is experienced Scrum/agile practitioners. Ri level means to forget the system. It’s about real advanced stuff. It is about transcendence — there are no techniques or proverbs, all things are natural, becoming one with spirit alone without clinging to forms.


    Munich Co-Chairs

    Björn Jensen

    Björn Jensen is an Agility Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer® with improuv, where he provides education and coaching services to clients across Germany and Europe.

    His journey towards agility began back in early 2000 with getting in touch as a Software Developer with frameworks like eXtreme Programming and Pragmatic Programming. Since then he applied agile methodologies in a lot of contexts, from small scale to large scale organizations, from development over management to executive, from more traditional to very agile. As Developer, Release & System Engineer, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agility Coach and Trainer.

    Björn is a well-known speaker at Scrum Gatherings since 2010 and other (un)conferences and events focused on lean, agile and/or development.

    He holds a Computer Science degree from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Björn is passionate about ideation, co-creation and spending time with his family. He enjoys martial arts and music (bass guitar & upright bass).

    Sohrab Salimi

    Sohrab Salimi is a Certified Scrum Trainer® with SE-Consulting based in Cologne, Germany. As a medical doctor he is passionate about making diagnosis on businesses and identifying and building great products/services using agile methodologies esp. Scrum. As a CST Sohrab conducts all kinds of workshops to help organizations become more agile and successful and coaches his clients' to continuously become better at what they do.

    Sohrab is the Chief Innovation Officer at SE-Consulting working primarily as Product Owner for internet businesses currently a job portal for the Iranian market. Prior to that he was a Consultant at Bain & Company working for big corporations all over the world.

    Sohrab graduated from RWTH Aachen University Medical School (MD) and Dusseldorf Business School (MBA). He is passionate about spending time with his family esp. his kids. He enjoys all kinds of sports (incl. football, fitness, skiing and hiking), reading, cooking, and travelling.

  • Schedule and Program

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    Registration 15:00 -18:00

    Welcome Reception 18:00 - 19:00

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Registation 08:00 - 17:00

    Opening Session & Keynote 09:00 - 10:30

    AM Break 10:30 - 11:00

    90-Minute Sessions 11:00 - 12:30

    Lunch 12:30 - 13:30

    60-Minute Sessions 13:30 - 14:30

    Transition 14:30 - 14:45

    14:45 - 15:45 60-Minute Sessions

    PM Break 15:45 - 16:15

    60-Minute Sessions 16:15 - 17:15

    Monday Mingle 18:00 - 21:00

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    Tuesday Keynote 09:00 - 10:15

    AM Break 10:15 - 10:30

    Opening the Space 10:30 - 11:30

    Open Space Sessions 11:30 - 12:30

    Lunch 12:30 - 13:30

    Open Space Sessions 13:30 - 14:30

    Open Space Sessions 14:30 - 15:30

    PM Break 15:30 - 16:00

    Closing the Space 16:00 - 17:00

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Good Morning 08:45 - 09:00

    90-Minute Sessions 09:00 - 10:30

    AM Break 10:30 - 11:00

    90-Minute Sessions 11:00 - 12:30

    Lunch 12:30 - 13:30

    90-Minute Sessions 13:30 - 15:00

    PM Break 15:00 - 15:30

    Closing Mashup Keynote 15:30 - 17:00

  • Open Space Guidelines

    Open Space

    The spirit of Scrum thrives on Tuesday! Open Space is a participatory and emergent framework for conferences. Live self-organization at its finest. Show, tell, listen, learn, practice, advance. Tuesday will open up with a big circle, where everyone (including keynotes!) are invited to propose sessions. You decide the format of the session. Workshop with laptops? You got it. Open discussion? Go grab chairs. Good old lecture? The Open Space framework allows for it! All sessions are accepted. We will all vote with our feet during session time. If we love it, we stay. If not, we leave the room. Fluid, like life, like Scrum.

    Alan Cyment works daily to love Mondays. Certified Scrum Trainer since 2008, he breathes self-organization at scale. He has a mixed background, blending software development with theatre. Alan believes in deep agile adoption at all levels, from conferences to organizations at large. He has helped setting up fully self-organized national conferences in Argentina, where attendants not just ran sessions, but also brought along food and stationery. He is based in Buenos Aires and is currently experimenting untested organizational ideas at liqueed.

  • Comments
    Sean Ellis, CSM,CSPO, 11/26/2015 10:29:11 AM
    Can't wait!
    Fabio Leme de Almeida, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 11/26/2015 10:54:18 AM
    Me too !!
    David Hicks, CST,CSP,CSD,CSM,CSPO,REP, 11/26/2015 10:54:29 AM
    Looking forward to a big agil8 group attending next year and wondering what our office souvenir will be this time. We have a ceramic 'Berlin Bear' from Berlin and 'Blue' glass from Prague. Hoping to meet lots of friends, old and new. It's sure to be a great event!
    H M Udana Indika Wijerathne, CSM,CSPO, 11/27/2015 7:47:51 AM
    Looking forward to it. Ah one more year :)
    Tripat Pal Singh, CSM, 12/2/2015 7:41:36 AM
    I can wait,:) I know it gonna be an event to attend, Oct. 2016 I'm comming
    Dieter Langjahr, CSM, 12/12/2015 4:40:44 AM
    sounds good!
    Munich is a nice location too.
    Btw. the "Munich Oktoberfest" starts at the end of september :(
    Vyasan Balachandran, CSM, 12/22/2015 3:08:19 AM
    Would love to join ! Waiting for the registrations to start !
    Islam Ismail, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 12/24/2015 2:34:18 AM
    Looking forward to having interesting talks.
    Theofanis Giotis, CSP,CSM, 12/24/2015 12:09:43 PM
    Scrum Global Gathering events are the flagship events for Scrum and Agile worldwide!!!
    Timon Fiddike, CSP,CSM, 12/28/2015 6:44:17 AM
    Excitedly looking forward to it! Prague 2015 was great. Munich is even closer to Berlin, so I'm looking forward to meeting old + new friends :-)
    Matumelo Leseba, CSM, 3/17/2016 6:49:34 AM
    Looking forward to attending my first gathering
    Philips Obi, CSM, 5/17/2016 6:21:58 PM
    Just booked my flight. Looking forward to this....
    Adam Mitchell, CSP,CSM, 7/5/2016 9:59:56 AM
    Should be an interesting few days. First time in Munich too!
    Maria Grigorova, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 7/20/2016 12:19:28 PM
    I'm very excited as this will be my first gathering. Looking forward to meet fellow Scrum fans!
    Stuart Young, CSP,CSM,REP, 8/15/2016 2:22:18 AM
    I can't wait to gather with like-minded individuals from around the globe. It's time to collaborate, learn and share ideas.
    Thoralf Klatt, CSM,CSPO, 9/19/2016 10:59:55 AM
    Berlin SG was truly awesome. So excited to attend this one in Munich, too. What a time of year to visit the South.
    Allen Ollendorf, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 10/6/2016 4:01:07 PM
    Looking forward to attending this gathering to gain new insights and collaborate with my fellow practitioners in Munich!
    Victoria Feaver, CSM, 10/10/2016 6:13:06 AM
    Leaving the UK this Sunday to attend Global Scrum Gathering! Looking forward to meeting you all
    Olaf Lewitz, CEC,CALE,CSP,CSM,CSPO,REP, 10/15/2016 9:23:15 AM
    Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night!
    Theofanis Giotis, CSP,CSM, 10/15/2016 1:16:57 PM
    Heading from Athens to Munich for @ScrumAlliance Global SCRUM GATHERING® Munich 2016. #SGMUN
    Victor Bonacci, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 10/19/2016 4:29:07 AM
    Having a great time at the Munich gathering. Thank you Sohrab, Bjorn, Scrum Alliance, Elastic and all who volunteered and spoke. As we say Auf Wiedersehen to SGMUN, we look ahead to SGCAL in San Diego 2017!
    Andrey Zahariev Stoev, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 10/20/2016 1:48:44 AM
    The Global Scrum Gathering was very enlightening for me and I had a great time! Thank you ScrumAlliance to make this event happened!
    Allen Ollendorf, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 10/24/2016 3:42:52 PM
    Looking forward to attending this gathering to gain new insights and collaborate with my fellow practitioners in Munich!
    Vijay Wade, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 10/25/2016 2:22:15 AM
    It was Awesome... the Biggest leanings I got ever in any scrum gathering was here in Munich... Loads of knowledge and connects happening. I felt like it was less time and so much to gather but I could get more what I was looking for.. Thanks Scrum Alliance and team.. You Rock

  • Sponsors

    Interested in becoming a sponsor for the Global Scrum Gathering® Munich? Download the Sponsorship Package.

    Title Sponsor
    IBM has embarked on an agile journey that is reshaping the company in fundamental ways to fuel a culture of collaboration that focuses on our customers key needs. IBM is in a unique position to deliver globally distributed agile projects at scale; allowing the rapid creation of specialised client solutions that put our clients at the heart of development.  IBM brings its own experiences to agile engagements, we are on our own agile journey, we understand the challenges and how to overcome them.

    Within IBM, the Agile approach is fostering high staff engagement by replacing functional silos with cross-functional teams that emphasise communication and collaboration over documentation and meetings. Agile has become a frame of mind for how IBMers work and respond to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us in our client engagements.

    IBM’s global approach to agility is a recognition of our desire to continuously innovate and grow and be essential to our clients.

    Happy Hour Sponsor

    Join IBM for the Tuesday evening Happy Hour event!

    Platinum Sponsor
    Being among the pioneers of Lean and Agile Software Development, Objectbay has helped more than 70 organizations worldwide to transform to Agile and Lean Software Development since 2006, bridging the gap between the classical SDLC approach and today's way of doing development. We have helped organizations from startups to small and medium-sized to multinational enterprises with implementing Scrum and Agile on all levels and at scale.

    We know the issues organizations face when implementing agile software development because we do it on our own, past, present and future. Objectbay people are passionate about software development - we enjoy what we do.

    We develop software for our customers. And we help our customers with own development teams to do it like we do. That's why can bring in practical and real world experience. And, certainly we keep track with latest developments in the field.


    Gold Sponsor
    Valtech is a new breed of digital agency uniquely designed to help business leaders succeed in a new digital economy. Valtech delivers services to customers at all stages of a digital value stream from strategy and consulting, through to user experience, development, maintenance and optimisation of business critical digital platforms. Through its renewed commitment to innovation and agility and its agile consulting services, Valtech helps global brands build business value and increase revenues while optimizing time to market and ROI.

    The Valtech GmbH is part of the Valtech Group with over 1700 employees in 22 locations in 11 countries. In Germany you can find us in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt und Munich.

    Valtech – Where experiences are engineered.
    VersionOne is the independent leader in agile lifecycle management software and services. Our mission is to help companies envision and deliver great software. Today, more than 50,000 teams at 1,000 companies, including 33 of the Fortune 100, use our solutions to help scale their agile initiatives faster, easier and smarter. Whether a small team just starting out with agile or a global enterprise scaling agile,VersionOne customers get the best solutions in the industry backed by the pioneers in agile lifecycle management. VersionOne has offices in Atlanta and in Amsterdam. Learn more about Agile Made Easier at

    Silver Sponsors
    DasScrumTeam is a Switzerland based small company completely focused on Scrum and Agile coaching, consulting and training. Founded in 2010, DasScrumTeam has provided Scrum certification classes for thousands of people, co-developed continuing education courses for managers and Agile coaches. DasScrumTeam has supported dozens of companies in getting Agile and becoming Agile.
    JetBrains is crazy-passionate about development team productivity. Want more intelligent development tools? Consider it done. More efficient development process? We've got you covered. Want to practice Scrum? We'll get your team into shape. Simply put, our tools automate your routine tasks and help you solve the challenging ones. We offer top-notch IDEs for Java (IntelliJ IDEA), PHP (PhpStorm), Python, and a pack of tools for .NET (ReSharper). Our team tools for CI (TeamCity), issue tracking and agile project management (YouTrack), and code review (Upsource) embody key Agile practices.

    By the way, one of our development offices is located in Munich, so see you at our home city!
    it-agile is a company with 25 agile consultants, situated on the bank of the Elbe River in Hamburg. We specialize in Agile Transitions - and provide Certified Scrum Training courses in Germany, as well as in-house coaching throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We also offer training and coaching concerning Kanban.

    You can check out our upcoming Scrum courses here.
    If you’re interested in hearing about the latest happenings at it-agile - or if you just want to see the “Ship of the Month” as it passes our office windows, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter.
    improuv supports companies through their Agile Transition and organizational change. Our Munich and Hamburg based team of trainers, coaches and software developers offer certified training and coaching in Scrum, Kanban and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). Using our Agile Evolution approach, we guide companies along the path to Agility through establishing a continuous change and improvement process on all levels. We are passionate about helping people enjoy working together to deliver valuable software and products. Our clients are large and small-sized companies whom we support on the leadership- and team-level to help them deliver successful products in dynamic markets.
    agile42, founded in Berlin in 2007, provides world-class expertise, training and coaching on Agile development methods including Scrum, Kanban, Systems thinking and Lean and Agile Leadership. We have a proven approach for managing the adoption of Lean-Agile methods and transforming organizations to achieve better business outcomes. Our Enterprise Transition Framework (ETF(C)) supports organisations in becoming resilient and/or anti-fragile to market changes. Our Team Coaching Framework (TCF (C)) guides Agile Coaches in their professional development.
    ScrumAkademie is SE-Consulting's agile training and coaching team. Our mission is to help our clients remain competitive through innovation in a constantly changing business environment. We do this through certified Scrum trainings, agile team coaching and enterprise level transformations. With 40+ trainers, coaches and consultants we have helped big corporations but also startups to achieve outstanding business success through the adoption of an agile mindset and way of work.

    Open Space

    JIPP.IT one out of 113 Scrum Alliance® Registered Education Providers worldwide. We offer trainings & consulting for Agile Methodologies, especially Scrum and LeSS. Since 16 years we apply Agile Methodologies in varying settings and contexts. Additionally, we develop software and provide cloud services for portals & mobile app testing.


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