Scrum Alliance Newsletter- February 2014
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February 2014
In This Issue:  Spotlight | Coaching Retreats | New User Group Logo | Agile Atlas | Tips/Perspectives

Letter from the Managing Director

Scrum Alliance officially marked 300,000 members on January 24, 2014. While this is quite a milestone, it's even more exciting to reflect on what 300,000 of you, as members, have accomplished along your Scrum journey. You are making a difference!

You are:
  • Teaching and coaching others in the framework and application
  • Sharing your successes, ideas, and challenges through articles, the Agile Atlas™, social media, and more
  • Hosting, attending, sponsoring, and speaking at Global and Regional Scrum Gatherings®
  • Leading or participating in Scrum Alliance-endorsed Scrum User Groups®
  • Volunteering and helping to grow the community
Scrum Alliance is the place to talk and learn about Scrum. This past month alone, we've seen members implementing Scrum at local high schools, submitting papers for upcoming Scrum Gatherings, and consistently telling their stories through the community. These are just a few examples of how you're making a difference! Working together, we will transform the world of work.

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.


Find Expert Perspectives in the
New “Spotlight”

Our new Spotlight column offers insight, tips, ideas, and more. Check out the first article by Mike Cohn, and watch for more from other experts in Scrum, Agile, and the broader world of business. Subscribe to the RSS feed and get notified whenever a new story appears. Leave your comments, rate the articles, and join the conversation with our invited writers. Start reading articles here today.

2014 Scrum Coaching Retreats

Are you a current or aspiring Agile coach? Scrum Alliance is sponsoring three Scrum Coaching Retreats in 2014 in Europe, the U.S., and Southeast Asia. Coaching Retreats provide Scrum coaches the opportunity to engage purposefully with their peers, dive deeply into their practices, enhance their skills, and broaden their perspectives to better serve their client organizations. They are open to all Agile coaches independent of skill or certification level. The word "retreat" was specifically chosen to represent a time away for deep connection, learning, reflection, and growth. Retreats are "un-conference" events, where experienced and developing Scrum coaches work in teams and share in Open Space to improve their practice. The European Retreat will be held in the U.K. on June 9-11, 2014. The U.S. Retreat will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 28-30, 2014.The Southeast Asian Retreat will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, on December 4-6, 2014. Visit the growing Scrum Coaching Retreats page for more details and registration.

New User Group Logo

Scrum Alliance is excited to announce our new User Group logo, as part of our recent brand update.

This new logo is for all Scrum Alliance-sponsored User Groups to use in all emails, notifications, and other uses. The logo is designed to provide more flexibility, allowing each group to incorporate the logo with their name. Suggestions and guidelines for its proper use can be found here.
If you are a User Group owner and have not received the new logo via email, or if you have any questions about it, please contact and put “New User Group logo” in the subject line.

Agile Atlas

We have new authors and articles on the Agile Atlas:

Sanjeev Raman: "Five Levels of Agile Planning"
In a larger organization, it can be valuable to consider planning at different levels, from vision and road map down to the release, the sprint, and the day. Read More
Aashish Vaidya & Dorothy Murray: "Backlog Refinement Meeting"
Constant and incremental backlog refinement becomes a highly desired activity that a team must master to become more productive. Read More
David Koontz: "Metrics for a Scrum Team"
The larger question is not what metrics to collect but how does one use those metrics to make decisions. What indicates that the trend is moving out of bounds? What are acceptable bounds for each metric? Read More
Check out these and other articles you may have missed. The Atlas is growing in breadth and depth; it's worth keeping an eye on it. Remember, we're always looking for new articles and new authors. We're adding a bit more information on becoming an author right on the site, but it's best to get in touch using the Contact page in the site's top menu.
We look forward to seeing you as a reader or, better yet, as a contributor!


Scrum Tips

Why Use a Definition of Done in an Agile Project?
If you want to learn to play the piano, it's going to be a tough endeavor if it takes 30 minutes before your piano produces a sound after you press a key.

Work Agreements for a Scrum Team
Work agreements are the set of rules/disciplines/processes the team agrees to follow without fail to make themselves more efficient and successful. This system has worked really well for my team. Read More...

The INVEST Scale
The INVEST scale is a simple yet effective measure of user story feasibility in the current sprint, based on the INVEST principle. This scale has provided lots of benefits to my current project.


Maria Montessori + Agile Thinking = Scrum
Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society. The overview . . . gives us a clear sense of the overlap between Montessori education and Scrum. Read More...

Is Your Leadership Ready for Agile?
Executive leadership often advocates going Agile, but do they really understand what it means? Read More...

Success Story: Implementing "Scrum Lite"
Very early into our first project, we found that the traditional Scrum approach was too time-consuming for the business team, blurred the boundaries of responsibility among team members and the product owner, and included performance indicators not suited for a diverse business project team. Read More...


Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014
The New Orleans Co-Chairs and reviewers are putting together a fantastic program. Visit Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans for more information. The program will be announced February 17. Registration is OPEN for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans May 5-7, 2014.

A big thank-you to our sponsors: Axosoft, Geocent, Agile Learning Labs, CollabNet, RippleRock, Platinum Edge, and Artisan Software Consulting.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin 2014
Excited for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin? Registration is now OPEN. Register today and secure your spot at the Berlin Gathering.

Thank you to our Berlin sponsors: Agile42, Boris Gloger, it-agile, CollabNet, RippleRock, Platinum Edge, and improuv.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015
Mark the dates on your calendar for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® 2015 that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 4-6, 2015. We hope to see you there.

Thank you to our sponsor who looks forward to seeing you in Phoenix: Axosoft.

Upcoming Global

New Orleans 2014
May 5-7, 2014
New Orleans, LA, USA

Berlin 2014
Sept. 22-24, 2014
Berlin, Germany

Phoenix 2015
May 4-6, 2015
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Upcoming Sponsored Events

Agile India - 2014
Bangalore, India
February 26-March 1, 2014
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Keep Austin Agile 2014 
Austin, Texas, United States
March 21, 2014
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Agilia Conference 2014 
Brno, Czech Republic 
March 25-26, 2014
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Sponsor an Upcoming Gathering
Interested in sponsoring a Global SCRUM GATHERING® to showcase your company? If you sponsor two or more, you will save 10 to 25 percent. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please download the sponsorship package or contact Yvonne at or (905) 281-0555, ext. 111.


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