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Orlando: 2016 Global Gathering 4/18/2016 12:00:00 AM Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando 6300 Hollywood Way Orlando FL 32819 United States 28.468435 -81.4671

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Orlando 2016

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  • Keynote Speakers

    Opening Keynote: Brian Rabon



    Brian M. Rabon, CST, PMP is President and Founder of The Braintrust Consulting Group, one of the largest boutique Agile consulting firms in the United States. Brian is the author of Scrum For the Rest Of Us, with thousands of copies now in circulation. Brian is a trusted advisor to the leadership teams of hundreds of organizations; including; Disney, H&R Block, Sungard, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Zappos just to name a few. Brian is the pioneer of the field of Agile Leadership, having introduced the Center For Agile Leadership™ in 2015. Brian would love to connect with leaders worldwide via his blog ( or LinkedIn (

    Agile Leadership, The Key to Scaling Scrum

    Are you trying to implement SAFe, LeSS, DAD, or some other scaling method and not getting the traction that you desire? Every Agile scaling method has its value; unfortunately most leave out a key ingredient for your success, Agile Leadership. Agile leaders create Agile cultures by; setting compelling visions and communicating priorities effectively, empowering teams and focusing on their results, influencing individuals and coaching their growth. Agile leaders are; vulnerable and not afraid to express their emotions, focused on growth and always inspecting and adapting, and they are passionate and caring about their team members. It’s leaders like these, true Agile Leaders, that create positive cultures and provide the necessary environment for which an organization can truly live the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto. Come learn how you can use Agile Leadership in order to grow, scale, and thrive as a true Agile organization.

    Tuesday PechaKucha Speakers

    Scott Dunn

    Scott Dunn leads Rocket Nine, a small agile coaching and training company in Southern California after happy, golden years previously coaching at Rally and BigVisible. 

    He is passionate about helping people and teams grow. His kryptonite is details (and PowerPoint). He tries very hard to practice what he preaches, and fails often (but fast!), especially when using Scrum with his wife and four children. Before R9, he was a developer, manager and engagement manager. 

    He was an English major in college and now applies those skills in writing his bio so taut and compelling that even Hemingway would be proud.

    Marcus Garrido

    Marcos Garrido is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) with more than 15 year experience in IT projects and has been working with Agile Teams since 2008. He also teaches Scrum to MBA Students of the Business School at the Catholical University in Rio de Janeiro and Lean Startup, Management 3.0 and Facilitation techniques everywhere else. He's an active member of Lean and Agile community, with a strong interest in the challenges of Agile transformation and product management. Garrido spoke at a number of events around the globe, including six major Scrum Gatherings and the most relevant conferences in Brazil. He's also the chair for the upcoming Regional Scrum Gathering Rio 2016. Besides training, Garrido has strong coaching skills, helping Product Owners, ScrumMasters and Developers to improve their techniques, achieving outstanding results. 


    Stuart Turner

    I’m Stuart Turner and I help people simplify their organization's culture to reduce busyness,
    increase clarity and provide richer, more fulfilling life experiences.Twenty six years of praxis has led to a powerful combination for evoking change and deep learning in individuals and organizations. Change cannot be managed but we can assist nature to help it along its way.

    I’ve worked with and within startups, Global 100 companies and a variety of organizations between those extremes. I’ve also been an independent consultant and developer, running two small companies in the UK before moving to Singapore in 2011.

    I’ve been interested in understanding how people, teams and organizations work and how they fit in with the rest of society for as long as I can remember. My journey to discover deeper and more fulfilling answers continues. Invite me to partner with you and expand your future.

    Tuesday Keynote: Panel Discussion

    Screen-Shot-2016-03-08-at-3-26-31-PM.pngJustin Segal

    Justin is an operations Executive and Entrepreneur specializing in real estate investment and management, startups, and technology. He is the founder of Stemmons Enterprise, a universal operations platform that allows companies to operate with pervasive data and unparalleled agility. He often speaks on topics involving enterprise data, analytics, and user experience.

    Screen-Shot-2016-03-08-at-3-52-42-PM-(1).pngMarty Garza

    Marty is a seasoned technology executive for Southwest Airlines. He has a wealth of experience in delivering strategic business capabilities, especially leading enterprise-wide transformational initiatives that incorporated scaling Agile principles across business and technology.

    Screen-Shot-2016-03-08-at-3-26-11-PM.pngMichelle Accardi

    Michelle Accardi is an award-winning marketer and author of Agile Marketing. She currently is COO of Star2Star Communications, one of the fastest growing UCaaS companies in the US. A 20-year technology veteran, Michelle is a world-renowned technical thought leader on next generation marketing and communications strategies, has substantial executive-level and tech industry experience having driven innovative, agile, revenue-producing corporate, digital, product, field and channel marketing programs.


    TITLE: Agile Upward and Outward

    Agile has been a hot and trending methodology in the software industry for quite some time now. In fact, Agile has increasingly been appearing in mainstream publications touting success in non-software project settings. Given its success, Agile is extending well beyond software development and into business functions, and its ability to adapt to other areas has caught on.

    In this session you will hear perspectives as to how Agile principles are moving upward through leadership levels and outward across multiple departments encompassing various types of effort, including strategy, planning, and marketing.

    Through this session you will gain a better appreciation of how Agile extends beyond the technology realm and an understanding of how leaders in various industries have adopted Agile principles effectively.

    Screen-Shot-2016-03-08-at-3-26-52-PM.pngModerator: Nevenka Mattenet

    Nevenka is a seasoned professional in PwC with extensive experience enabling clients in product innovation and development in various industries with a particular specialty in Agile. She focuses on product strategy formulation, large-scale business-driven technology transformations, product development and commercialization process improvement.

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    Closing Keynote: Zero Gravity: Reaching for the Stars

    For the Orlando Closing Keynote, we are trying a new keynote format! Zero Gravity: Reaching for the Stars will feature 5 keynote speakers as they share their experiences and encourage everyone to stretch themselves – reaching for the stars.

    Lyssa Adkins

    I believe that Agile is an emergent response that helps us thrive in our ever-increasingly complex, changeable and interconnected world. I am a passionate contributor to the discipline and profession of Agile Coaching and have trained thousands of agilists in the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to coach teams and organizations to get full benefits of Agile. In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams which is still a best seller years later. I share my thoughts and experience on and, an important outlet for #WomeninAgile.

    Maria Matarelli

    Maria Matarelli is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) who travels the world on one-way tickets consulting and training companies on reaching true agility. In addition to applications of Agile in IT, Maria and her team have been applying Agile to the Marketing realm with incredible results. After founding the Agile Marketing Academy, Maria and a team of experienced trainers are dedicated to bringing Agile outside the normal applications. Maria is one of the first Certified Agile Marketing Trainers (CAMT) and is the Founder and President of Formula Ink, an international consulting company. Maria travels to consult organizations and speak at industry conferences with locations including Chicago, New York, Hawaii, Sweden, Istanbul, Vancouver, Morocco, Shanghai and many other locations. Maria is passionate about working with people to inspire agility.

    Tirrell Payton

    Tirrell Payton is the principal at Payton Consulting where he helps companies create lasting change.  Prior to starting his own firm, he was at McKinsey and Company, where served companies in matters of digital strategy and transformation.  Tirrell graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and is an Executive MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

    Dave Sharrock

    Dave Sharrock helps companies and organizations get things done visibly and early by applying an agile/lean mindset to product development. Dave has over 20 years experience working with product delivery organizations, from Fortune100 companies to startups, telecommunications to branded consumer goods, government to heavily regulated industries. A sought-after speaker and coach, Dave is an expert on organizational change and lean product delivery and the only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) in Canada. Dave moved to Vancouver in 2010 from Europe, and leads agile42 in North America.

    Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

    Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, CST, is an IT professional with 25 years of industry experience. While investigating her own strengths through the book Strength Finders, Lonnie recognized skills she hadn’t been able to name before; Empathy and Developer (of others). This explains why Lonnie loves training and coaching people through their agile adoption and helping them meet their goals.  A passionate fighter for the “voiceless” little guy, she enjoys helping others understand how an agile work culture leads to happier people and better results.
    Lonnie has educated and motivated hundreds of teams at Fortune 500 organizations and small companies, mentoring them through their journey towards agile. She also enjoys mentoring beginner coaches so her customers can be successful once she leaves.
    When she isn’t working as a champion for employees she is a champion for shelter dogs, specifically bully breeds, by volunteering in her local animal rescue community. She recommends, Adopt don’t shop.

  • Schedule and Program

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    15:00 - 18:00 Registration

    18:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    7:00 - 9:00 Exhibition Hall Open

    7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast

    8:00 - 17:00 Registration

    9:00 - 10:30 Opening Session & Keynote

    10:30 - 11:00 AM Break

    11:00 - 11:45 45 Minute Sessions

    11:30 - 13:30 Exhibition Hall Open

    11:45 - 13:15 Lunch

    11:55 - 14:15 Tesla Test Drive

    13:15 - 14:00 45 Minute Sessions

    14:00 - 14:15 Short Break

    14:15 - 15:00 45 Minute Sessions

    15:00 - 15:30 PM Break

    15:30 - 17:00 90 Minute Sessions

    17:45 - 21:00 Monday Mingle

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    7:00 - 9:00 Exhibition Hall Open

    9:00 - 9:30 PechaKucha

    7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast

    9:30 - 9:40 Short Break

    9:40 - 10:25 45 Minute Sessions

    10:25 - 10:55 AM Break

    10:55 - 11:55 Tuesday Keynote

    11:55 - 13:15 Lunch

    11:30 - 13:30 Exhibition Hall Open

    11:55 - 14:15 Tesla Test Drive

    13:15 - 14:00 45 Minute Sessions

    14:00 - 14:15 Short Break

    14:15 - 15:00 45 Minute Sessions

    15:00 - 15:30 PM Break

    15:30 - 17:00 90 Minute Sessions

    17:00 - 19:00 Exhibition Hall Open

    17:00 - 19:00 Happy Hour

    Wednesday, April 20. 2016

    7:00 - 11:30 Exhibition Hall Open

    7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast

    9:00 - 10:30 Opening of the Space

    10:30 - 11:00 AM Break

    11:00 - 11:45 Open Space Session I

    11:45 - 12:30 Open Space Session II

    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 - 14:15 Open Space Session III

    14:15 - 15:30 Closing the Space

    15:00 - 15:30 PM Break

    15:30 - 17:00 Zero Gravity: Reaching for the Stars

  • About the City

    Experience Orlando

    Orlando average temperatures ranging from 59.4°F (15.2°C) to a high of 83.0°F (28.3°C)

    Add some extra days to your trip and make time to visit some unique sites and attractions that distinguish Orlando!
    Here are the Top 10 Things to do in Orlando.  For more information on Orlando and its attractions, visit the Orlando Tourism Website 
  • Open Space Guidelines

    Jump to HyperSpace:

    Facilitated by Ellen Grove

    On the third day of the Scrum Gathering, we’ll come together in Open Space to focus our energies on the topics that you are most passionate about. Our mission: to explore new ideas, seek out new insights and connections, and to boldly go forth into spontaneous collaboration. With no predetermined agenda or expectations, together we will cocreate the marketplace to facilitate the exchange of knowledge throughout the day. Whether you have expertise and experience to share, a desire to dig deeper into something you discovered earlier in the week, or you simply want to soak in an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration and maybe engage in an interesting conversation - the possibilities are unlimited.

    A Brief Guide to Open Space for Novice Voyagers: 

    How do I propose an Open Space session?
    • Imagine a topic: an idea, a challenge, a question you care about it. Anyone can propose a session!
    • During the Opening Circle, grab an index card and a marker.
    • Write your topic on the card, and your name in the corner.
    • Announce your topic then post it in the Marketplace to indicate a time and location for gathering to explore this idea.

    The Four Principles of Open Space
    • Whoever comes are the right people. The people who care will be the people who come to take part in the conversation.
    • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.  Be prepared to be surprised.
    • Whenever it starts is the right time.  Inspiration and creativity don’t run on the clock.
    • When it’s over it’s over.  Do the work til it’s done, don’t work to the clock.

    The Only Law of Open Space - the Law of Mobility:
    • If at any time during our time together you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning or contributing, go someplace else.  You are responsible for your own learning.  If your mind wanders, take your body with it.

    On Day 3 we will create a space for an open agenda to be filled with your session ideas and interests. In a marketplace setting, you can run an informal session on any topic you are passionate about, discuss what you have learned in the week or just listen. It is your choice to spend the day learning in the way that works best for you.


    EllenGrove_Headshot2.jpgEllen Grove is an Agile coach and trainer and an organizational change agent. Based in Ottawa, Canada, she works with companies of all sizes to help them put Agile thinking and being into action. Open Space and LEGO SERIOUS PLAY are her favourite facilitation approaches for getting people to talk with each other about the things that matter so that they can do great work together.
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  • Thank You to Our Sponsors

    The Center for Agile Leadership is leadership for the next generation of business. Using the principles of Agile, we guide individuals to successfully inspire others and become agents for change within their organization and their own lives.

    Track Sponsor:  Agile Galaxy - Looking far beyond the basics

    cPrime enhances the full lifecycle of product development with comprehensive solutions for adopting and scaling Agile methodologies and ALM software. The alignment of People, Processes and Technology solution sets build and optimize a lasting framework for client growth. 

    We work with the most notable Fortune 500 organizations to provide training, consulting, and team augmentations to help teams and organizations adopt and scale Agile methodologies in addition to software licensing, software training, software migrations, hosting, support and more. Our solution sets span the full application lifecycle management pipeline to ensure quick and quality product delivery.  

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    Blending Agile values, practices, and mindfulness, our intention is to partner with your organization to truly transform it into an Agile minded enterprise.  Our clients, from the Fortune 500 to start-ups, leverage our thought leadership to help create new pathways to Agile Leadership.

    Bratton is also the creator of the Conference Series in the Silicon Valley, Dallas, and New York.

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    We guide companies through the nuances and challenges required to adopt Agile successfully. We provide clients with a seamless integrated experience across Agile techniques, principles and values, drawing from processes such as Scrum and XP, Kanban, Lean Thinking, Theory of Constraints, psychology, anthropology, and more.
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