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Microsoft Technology Center
Burlington, MA
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Give Thanks For Scrum 2018 is SOLD OUT!!
Join us on Tuesday November 20, 2018  for Agile Boston's 10th Annual Give Thanks For Scrum event.  

You may not know that Scrum was born in Boston and thus its very appropriate that this event is rapidly becoming a true Boston tradition!  Register now and get Jeff Sutherland and other Scrum experts for the WHOLE DAY, where they will give individual presentations and then join forces to answer your toughest Scrum questions in a special afternoon Q&A panel session.  


JEFF SUTHERLAND will evolve a well received talk he gave at AGile 2018 titled: "Linear Scalability of Teams: The Holy Grail of Agile Project Management". Jeff will describe the history of how Scrum was used by himself and Ken Schwaber across many companies leading up to a linearly scalable global project in 2007. Since then recent experience with Saab, Toyota, 3M, GE, transportation and oil companies, and other domains will be described and codication of these experiences into a systematic way of deploying Scrum across domains, across organizations, and across the globe will be shared. The essentials for developing a "scale-free" organization architecture will be emphasized based on input from the Agile leaders of the largest known Scrum implementations at Intel and SAP.

DAVID WEST will present: "The Two Things You Need for Business Agility" in which David will describe how the foundation of an agile business is great teams and the right measures. He will detail how many organizations use Scrum as the foundation to build great teams and add Evidence Based Measurement to provide value-based feedback for adaption. The session will provide many examples that describe how leading organizations are adopting this approach, the challenges and the adoption patterns.


Business Agility is the ability of an organization to adapt to new conditions and to rapidly respond to the market, customer or changing environment.  But the business cannot be agile with a piecemeal approach to agility.  Instead, the Agile transformation must occur holistically across the value stream for true Business Agility to be achieved.  Its only by establishing a true dynamic network of autonomous teams that own the delivery of value, supported by the environment and culture around them, and guided and inspired by a strong vision and strategy, will companies succeed.

Scrum is an integral part of this holistic transformation since the application of Scrum has progressed way beyond software and now touches every aspect of the business from IT, to Finance, HR and even Marketing. The term Business Agility is now a phrase that is in common use. New frameworks and new forms of Scrum are addressing this reality now, throughout the world.

At this years Give Thanks for Scrum event, we explore Business Agility and how Scrum can help companies achieve it!



Plenary speaker JEFF SUTHERLAND needs no introduction! Jeff is one of the inventors of the Scrum software development process. Together with Ken Schwaber, he created Scrum as a formal process at OOPSLA 95.  Jeff helped to write the Agile Manifesto in 2001 and is a co-author (along with Ken Schwaber) of The Scrum Guide.


Plenary speaker DAVID WEST is the Chief Product Owner at Scrum.org. He is a frequent keynote speaker and is a widely published author of articles, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and then worked with Ivar Jacobson running the North American business for IJI. Then managed the software delivery practice at Forrester research where he was VP and research director. Prior to joining Scrum.org he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture.


Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. A  frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniels list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, CIGNA, SIEMENS Healthcare, Pitney Bowes, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises. His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012.  THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. THE CULTURE GAME describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that.


Microsoft Technology Center
5 Wayside Road
Burlington, MA 01803


845AM  Breakfast and Check in
930AM  Morning Session
         David West keynote
         Business Agility Workshops
100PM  Afternoon Session
         Dan Mezick
         Jeff Sutherland keynote
         Q&A panel including Jeff, Dave and Dan
400PM  Done!

The schedule and speaker sequencing will be published first at AgileBoston.Org so go there first for latest news and details.


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Microsoft Technology Center (View)
5 Wayside Road
Burlington, MA 01803
United States




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