11:00 - 11:30
AM Break
11:30 - 12:30
60 Minute Sessions
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
15:00 - 15:30
PM Break
13:30 - 15:00
90 Minute Sessions
15:30 - 17:00
90 Minute Sessions
8:00 - 17:00
Registration
8:00 - 9:00
Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00
Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote
Monday Mingle
15:00 - 18:00
Registration
18:00 - 19:00
Welcome Reception
10:30 - 11:00
AM Break
11:00 - 12:30
90 Minute Sessions
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:00
90 Minute Sessions
15:00 - 15:30
PM Break
15:30 - 17:00
90 Minute Sessions
17:00 - 18:00
HP Happy Hour
8:00 - 9:00
Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30
Keynote
10:30 - 11:00
AM Break
11:00 - 12:30
Open Space
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:00
Open Space
15:00 - 15:30
PM Break
15:30 - 17:00
Closing Keynote
8:00 - 9:00
Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30
Open Space
Room: Court Assembly
11:00 - 11:30 AM Break
Session Details
11:00 - 11:30 AM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by Artisan Software Consulting.
Enjoy a morning break in the Court Assembly.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Magnolia
Applying Organizational Change and Leadership to Agile Transformations
Joe Vallone
Session Details
Applying Organizational Change and Leadership to Agile Transformations
Joe Vallone
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary:
How to apply Dr. Kotter's 8-step model for change management and leadership to Agile transformations

Learning Objects:
Room: Rosedown
Build What You Need, Not What You Asked For
David Bulkin
Session Details
Build What You Need, Not What You Asked For
David Bulkin
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary:
Acceptance criteria, testing (TDD, BDD, ATTD) help us build to spec, but come to this session to find out how to build what you really need.
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Creole cottage – Constructive Pattern for building a Scrum Master community and continuous improvement of a new agile organization
Ni Sun
Session Details
Creole cottage – Constructive Pattern for building a Scrum Master community and continuous improvement of a new agile organization
Ni Sun
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary: Likening to building a Creole cottage, we present a practical pattern to build a Scrum Master community and solve company-wide problems.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Scrum in Context: Exploring the end-to-end SDLC Value Stream
Leslie Morse
Session Details
Scrum in Context: Exploring the end-to-end SDLC Value Stream
Leslie Morse
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary:
Teams don’t magically create an increment of product. Come explore the SDLC value stream and key considerations for project initiation. 
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Applying Cowboy Wisdom in Scrum
Tom Mellor
Session Details
Applying Cowboy Wisdom in Scrum
Tom Mellor
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary:
A light and humorous look at how I have applied cowboy wisdom I learned while growing up in Montana to my work
over the years with Scrum


Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Enabling Distributed Agile Teams
Timothy Wise
Session Details
Enabling Distributed Agile Teams
Timothy Wise
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: This is a highly interactive session that teaches a technique to generate working agreements for distributed teams.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
Smart Scaling: Finding the right approach for Enterprise Agile
Richard Dolman, Steve Spearman
Session Details
Smart Scaling: Finding the right approach for Enterprise Agile
Richard Dolman, Steve Spearman
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: "Large-scale Agile" sounds great. But are we solving the right problem? Can we find to ways to deliver value without need to scale too big?
Learning Objects:
Room: Jasperwood
You be the Coach! (Agile for Non-IT at our organization)
Burton White, Richard Cheng
Session Details
You be the Coach! (Agile for Non-IT at our organization)
Burton White, Richard Cheng
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: At Excella, we used Agile for corporate strategies and communications. We will share our lessons learned and ask the room what you would do. 
Learning Objects:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Session Details
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by Artisan Software Consulting.
Enjoy a delicious lunch served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Court Assembly
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
Session Details
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by Artisan Software Consulting.
Enjoy an afternoon break in the Court Assembly.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Melrose
Metric-Driven Enterprise Coaching
Daniel Greening
Session Details
Metric-Driven Enterprise Coaching
Daniel Greening
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Enterprises are like improv: teams measure and adapt together. Good agile metrics drive harmonious success; bad ones chaos. What works well? 
Learning Objects:
Room: Jasperwood
The Listening ScrumMaster
Arne Åhlander
Session Details
The Listening ScrumMaster
Arne Åhlander
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary: ScrumMasters empower by listening and give more room to the team. This session will help you take steps to improve your listening skills. 
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Estimating Business Value
Chris Sims
Session Details
Estimating Business Value
Chris Sims
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Learn surprisingly simple techniques to estimate and quantify business value of your user stories.
Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Fun Games for Serious Scrum Masters
Juan Banda
Session Details
Fun Games for Serious Scrum Masters
Juan Banda
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Routine erodes creativity in Scrum teams, but what if we could use fun games to resurrect it? Join this session to learn what games to use.
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Exploit Core Scrum Practices at the Program Level
Chris Waggoner, Adnan Aziz
Session Details
Exploit Core Scrum Practices at the Program Level
Chris Waggoner, Adnan Aziz
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Learn how core Scrum practices support visibility, remove impediments, and promote flow for programs with many teams and hundreds of people. 
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Using Kano AND Scrum to Learn more about Scrum!
Nigel Baker
Session Details
Using Kano AND Scrum to Learn more about Scrum!
Nigel Baker
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: I have applied Kano Analysis to Scrum. Come discover DEEP insights into Scrum + Agile, generated by real world survey and workshops!
Learning Objects:
Room: Rosedown
Exploring Scrum of Scrums as a Scaling Vehicle
Bob Galen
Session Details
Exploring Scrum of Scrums as a Scaling Vehicle
Bob Galen
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Scrum of Scrums has been under explored as a scaling method vs. emerging models like SAFe and DAD. Let's explore and see how it stacks up. 
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Incremental Delivery and Emergent Design in action. An exercise in delivering working software from sprint one through sprint X.
Ron Quartel 
Session Details
Incremental Delivery and Emergent Design in action. An exercise in delivering working software from sprint one through sprint X.
Ron Quartel 
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Incremental delivery, emergent design and agile architecture taught in a fun and interactive exercise. Take it home and run with your teams!
Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Getting Your Agile Team from Good to Great!
Brad Swanson, David Hawks
Session Details
Getting Your Agile Team from Good to Great!
Brad Swanson, David Hawks
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary:
Interactively explore team challenges & discover proven techniques to focus, accelerate learning, and enjoy building great products.
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Better SAFe Than Sorry: Understand the Strengths and Limitations of the SAFe Framework**
Giora Morein
Session Details
Better SAFe Than Sorry: Understand the Strengths and Limitations of the SAFe Framework**
Giora Morein
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Gain an understanding of the most common SAFe pitfalls that you may encounter, as well as address the strengths & limitations of the framework.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Converting A Successful FBI Program From Waterfall To Agile
Craeg Strong
Session Details
Converting A Successful FBI Program From Waterfall To Agile
Craeg Strong
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Navigating massive legacy code bases, Devops-hostile platforms, CMMI compliance requirements, and skeptical oversight groups to Agile success.
Learning Objects:
Room: Rosedown
Mission Command: Scaling Product Management in an Agile Organization
Sean Dunn
Session Details
Mission Command: Scaling Product Management in an Agile Organization
Sean Dunn
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: How a 200-year-old military invention can enable your organization to be Agile and aligned.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
The Agile Planning Mindset: estimating and forecasting a release with a real backlog
Peter Green
Session Details
The Agile Planning Mindset: estimating and forecasting a release with a real backlog
Peter Green
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Learn how to do agile planning using a real backlog, relative size estimation, and velocity. Simulate sprints, & update the plan!
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Beyond Removing Impediments: Scrum Master as Team Coach
Allison Pollard
Session Details
Beyond Removing Impediments: Scrum Master as Team Coach
Allison Pollard
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary:
This session will teach Scrum Masters the language to coach teams to high performance: a metaphor, impact feedback, and powerful questions.
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Power Games**
Richard Kasperowski
Session Details
Power Games**
Richard Kasperowski
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Type: Workshop
Level: 1

Power: it's everywhere. Power is an important cultural dimension, defining how we relate to and interact with each other. What are your organization's power structures? How does it feel to be at the top or at the bottom?
 
We'll explore power relationships using games drawn from Augusto Boal's _Theater of the Oppressed_ and _Games for Actors and Non-Actors_. A series of warm-up activities de-mechanizes participants and opens them up to explore freely. We proceed to a game called Colombian Hypnosis (details below); Colombian Hypnosis lets us explore using power over each other to force someone to act in a manner he didn't anticipate. We culminate with a multitiered variation of Colombian Hypnosis that simulates the power hierarchy of a typical workplace: a CEO at the top hypnotizing (exerting power over) two EVPs, exerting power over four VPs, exerting power over eight directors, exerting power over 16 managers, exerting power over 32 workers, etc., until everyone in the room is engaged in the power structure.
 
After each activity, we discuss how it felt to exert power, how it felt to be powerless, how the activity is similar to your work situation, etc.

**This is a 60 minute session.
Learning Objects:
Room: Jasperwood
Your Stories Are Too Big!
Chris Sims
Session Details
Your Stories Are Too Big!
Chris Sims
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Big user stories are hard to plan with and risky. Learn and apply 4 simple ways to split any big user story into smaller stories.
Learning Objects:
Room: Court Assembly
Registration
Session Details
Registration
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by Geocent.
Stop by registration to pick up your name badge, conference bag, and say hello to our Geocent friends. Registration is open 8:00 - 17:00 daily. We welcome you to register early to get a head start on your gathering experience. The registration desk will be open for registration as well as answering your Gathering questions.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Session Details
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Come and enjoy your first breakfast which will be served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Versailles Ballroom
Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote- Ken Rubin
Speaker: Ken Rubin
Title:‘’The concept of Economically Sensible Scrum’’
Session Details
Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote- Ken Rubin
Speaker: Ken Rubin
Title:‘’The concept of Economically Sensible Scrum’’
Room: Room: Versailles Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Economically Sensible Scrum

Scrum is a tool for increasing team and organizational agility to deliver superior business results. To utilize Scrum (or any tool) appropriately, however, we must understand more than just its basic mechanics. We must also understand the core principals that inform its use and then apply those principals in an economically sensible way. Doing so allows us to elevate and select among the many alternative, and often conflicting, choices for how to apply Scrum in the context of each organization's unique culture and business goals. 


In this talk, I introduce the concept of Economically Sensible Scrum, which is the application of Scrum within an economic framework that is grounded in core agile principles. To illustrate the utility of this approach, I examine several different issues that I encounter when visiting clients. Using the lens of an economic framework, I focus on how to use agile principles to overcome these issues and make quick, correct, and understandable choices when applying Scrum at both the team and organizational levels to achieve desirable business results. 


Biography

 

Ken Rubin is Managing Principal at Innolution, a company that provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to help companies develop products in an effective and economically sensible way.  A Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 20,000 people on agile and Scrum, Kanban, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10.

Ken was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance. He is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. He is also the creator of the Visual AGILExicon®, a freely available set of vibrant, four-color icons for composing graphically rich and visually appealing three dimensional representations of agile and Scrum concepts.
 
Learning Objectives:
Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar
Monday Mingle
Session Details
Monday Mingle
Room: Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Meet in the Lobby at 5:45pm. You must wear your Scrum Alliance name badge for access.

Celebrate a great first day at the famous Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar, located in the French Quarter - the oldest and most famous neighbourhood in New Orleans. Just a short walk from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, SCRUM ALLIANCE® will provide great food and a couple of drinks while you enjoy fabulous entertainment by one of the finest acoustic performers ever, Cliff Erickson!
Learning Objectives:
Room: Court Assembly
Registration
Session Details
Registration
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by Geocent.
Stop by registration to pick up your name badge, conference bag, and say hello to our Geocent friends. We welcome you to register Sunday and get a head start on your Gathering experience. The registration desk will be open throughout the Gathering for registration as well as answering your Gathering questions. 
Learning Objectives:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Welcome Reception
Session Details
Welcome Reception
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Come and register Sunday evening to begin your SCRUM GATHERING® with a drink, a chance to network, and receive some key insights to the days ahead. We welcome first-time and longtime attendees to share their Scrum expectations and experiences to kick off a successful Gathering.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Court Assembly
10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
Session Details
10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Enjoy a morning break in the Court Assembly.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Jasperwood
Hop Onto the Release Orientation Trolley
Brian Barr, Naeem Hussain
Session Details
Hop Onto the Release Orientation Trolley
Brian Barr, Naeem Hussain
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Find out how to make the shift from project orientation to release orientation and the key elements to making that shift a reality.
Learning Objects:
Room: Rosedown
Can A Definition of Ready Make Scrum "The Big Easy"
Natalie Warnert, Leslie Morse
Session Details
Can A Definition of Ready Make Scrum "The Big Easy"
Natalie Warnert, Leslie Morse
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Getting to “Done” within a timebox can be a challenge. Are teams committing before they are “Ready”?
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Collaborating with Comedy
Paul Goddard
Session Details
Collaborating with Comedy
Paul Goddard
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: This session provides humorous improv techniques to use in scrum meetings to stimulate interaction and increase collaboration.
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Facilitation Techniques for Effective ScrumMasters
Marcos Garrido, Rafael Sabbagh
Session Details
Facilitation Techniques for Effective ScrumMasters
Marcos Garrido, Rafael Sabbagh
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary: Through this very interactive workshop, we will teach facilitation techniques necessary for effective ScrumMasters, but unknown by many.
Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Culture a ‘Silent language’ – Learn it to make Scrum successful
Judith Mills, Priyanka Sharma, Debra Feltoe
Session Details
Culture a ‘Silent language’ – Learn it to make Scrum successful
Judith Mills, Priyanka Sharma, Debra Feltoe
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary:
Why Cultural Intelligence is important in Scrum.
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Impact Mapping: Delivering What Matters
Inger Dickson, Jeffrey Davidson
Session Details
Impact Mapping: Delivering What Matters
Inger Dickson, Jeffrey Davidson
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Building the right software begins with a better understanding of business opportunity and goals. One successful approach is Impact Mapping.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Game theory and techniques applied to an Agile Product Vision creation
Charlles Pinon, Luciana Silva
Session Details
Game theory and techniques applied to an Agile Product Vision creation
Charlles Pinon, Luciana Silva
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: A project at play. Learn how Scrum projects can benefit from mixing games and agility to build an effective product vision.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
Net-Map: A tool to enable visibility of your complex organizational networks
Rajeswari Kailasam, Amitaksha Nag
Session Details
Net-Map: A tool to enable visibility of your complex organizational networks
Rajeswari Kailasam, Amitaksha Nag
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Net-map, widely used in many countries to engage stakeholders fits well with large Scrum adoptions in visualization and articulation.
Learning Objects:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Session Details
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by Geocent.
Enjoy a delicious lunch served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Rosedown
Coaching Like “Columbo”: Simple Questions to Start Tough Conversations
Patrick McConnell
Session Details
Coaching Like “Columbo”: Simple Questions to Start Tough Conversations
Patrick McConnell
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: In small groups, participants will workshop 7 simple questions that can quickly identify big problems in an active Scrum effort.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
Facilitation & Communication in Agile Teams
Michele Sliger
Session Details
Facilitation & Communication in Agile Teams
Michele Sliger
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: A tutorial focused on facilitation techniques in agile teams.
Learning Objects:
Room: Jasperwood
Design your next Contract Coaching Gig: Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em
Steve Holyer, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
Session Details
Design your next Contract Coaching Gig: Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em
Steve Holyer, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Independent coaches: Uncover better ways to design your Agile Coaching gig to create that elusive winning hand. For you and the organisation.
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Improv: Learning Lessons from Master Innovators
Paul Tevis, Jake Calabrese
Session Details
Improv: Learning Lessons from Master Innovators
Paul Tevis, Jake Calabrese
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Improv can teach your teams how to produce something innovative from nothing in a way that looks like you were following a plan all along.
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Get an Agile mindset with NLP
Els Verkaik
Session Details
Get an Agile mindset with NLP
Els Verkaik
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary:
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) can help to become open-minded, stay open for options and adopt another way of working, like Agile.
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster!
David Hawks, Brad Swanson
Session Details
Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster!
David Hawks, Brad Swanson
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Hands-on workshop: Use Lean Startup, Lean Canvas & Story Mapping to validate quickly you’re building the right product.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Teaching Scrum to Management
Jason Tanner
Session Details
Teaching Scrum to Management
Jason Tanner
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary: Learn what worked & didn't work to teach Scrum values & principles to over 400 directors & execs. Leave with tools to use post-gathering.
Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Jazzin the Duo – How to successfully introduce pair programming to your organization
Melinda Stelzer
Session Details
Jazzin the Duo – How to successfully introduce pair programming to your organization
Melinda Stelzer
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: Thinking about introducing pair programming on your team? Here’s why you should, and how to set yourself up for success.
Learning Objects:
Room: Court Assembly
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
Session Details
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Enjoy an afternoon break in the Court Assembly.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Rosedown
Long Term Adaptive Release Planning with Scrum**
Don Patti, David Bulkin
Session Details
Long Term Adaptive Release Planning with Scrum**
Don Patti, David Bulkin
Room: Room: Rosedown
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: Does your team look beyond the Sprint? Do you work with non-agile partners? Learn how to align with long term, adaptive, release planning.
Learning Objects:
Room: Belle Chasse
Love Agile: Life in Scope**
Shannon Mason
Session Details
Love Agile: Life in Scope**
Shannon Mason
Room: Room: Belle Chasse
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Many of us practice Agile methods or principles every day but stop once we leave the office. But why? Let me show you how to take it home!

Learning Objects:
Room: Magnolia
Jump-starting the Agile mindset: bringing Scrum & XP into college software projects**
Garrick West, Tina Ostrander
Session Details
Jump-starting the Agile mindset: bringing Scrum & XP into college software projects**
Garrick West, Tina Ostrander
Room: Room: Magnolia
Track: Track: Lagniappe
Session Type:
Summary: Learn how a community college instructor & a cranky XPer paired up to arm students with real world Agile skills & help us shape what's next.
Learning Objects:
Room: Jasperwood
A Roadmap for (Agile) Engineering Best Practices – What Every Non-Technical Person Needs to Know**
Richard Cheng
Session Details
A Roadmap for (Agile) Engineering Best Practices – What Every Non-Technical Person Needs to Know**
Richard Cheng
Room: Room: Jasperwood
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: Presenting a roadmap explaining engineering best practices, why it’s needed, supporting tools, with sequence and effort to implement.
Learning Objects:
Room: Oak Alley
Assembling Scrum Teams: A Nonviolent Story**
Juan Banda
Session Details
Assembling Scrum Teams: A Nonviolent Story**
Juan Banda
Room: Room: Oak Alley
Track: Track: Jazzin' It Up
Session Type:
Summary: #1 Get the right people, #2 Help them create an environment where they can collaborate without violent communication.
How I did it?
Learning Objects:
Room: Fountain
Chocolate, Lego and Scrum Jambalaya
Dana Pylayeva, Bryan Beecham
Session Details
Chocolate, Lego and Scrum Jambalaya
Dana Pylayeva, Bryan Beecham
Room: Room: Fountain
Track: Track: Rolling Down the River
Session Type:
Summary: From Scrum to DevOps and continuous flow, through automation and cross functional teams - practice it all using LEGO and chocolate.
Learning Objects:
Room: Elmwood
Product Owner and Scrum Success in a Traditional Organization
Tom Mellor
Session Details
Product Owner and Scrum Success in a Traditional Organization
Tom Mellor
Room: Room: Elmwood
Track: Track: "Throw Me Something Mister!"
Session Type:
Summary: This relates the stories of 2 Scrum Product Owners who were instrumental in creating 2 great products in an environment unfavorable to Scrum.
Learning Objects:
Room: Melrose
The Agile Dashboard**
Fadi Stephan
Session Details
The Agile Dashboard**
Fadi Stephan
Room: Room: Melrose
Track: Track: Hop On a Streetcar
Session Type:
Summary:
Most Agile teams focus on velocity and target story points which leads to executives misusing the metric and teams gaming the system.
 
Learning Objects:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
17:00 - 18:00 HP Happy Hour
Session Details
17:00 - 18:00 HP Happy Hour
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Sponsored by HP.
Drop by for a drink and meet friends from your Happy Hour sponsor - HP.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Session Details
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary: Enjoy breakfast with some new friends which will be served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Versailles Ballroom
Tuesday Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Jim King with Jeff Davis and Anthony Montgomery
Title: “Revolutionary Transformation”
Session Details
Tuesday Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Jim King with Jeff Davis and Anthony Montgomery
Title: “Revolutionary Transformation”
Room: Room: Versailles Ballroom
Track:
Session Type:
Summary:

BMI’s Agile Journey

In this keynote, Broadcast Music Incorporated, a 75-year old company, provides rich reflection on our revolutionary transformation of our entire information systems group, and the reinvention of products and services in order to remain relevant to our constituents in the music industry. We further describe how an agile philosophy and the Scrum framework were crucial catalysts during the enterprise transformation, and helped advance our organizational reconstruction in technical and non-technical areas. From the CEO to various non-technical support functions, Scrum concepts are familiar ways of working together. In this panel session, presented in a retrospective format, we explore collectively the following questions:

 
  • How did agile and Scrum help BMI?
  • What did BMI do to transform? 
  •  What have we accomplished? 
  •  What would we do the same? 
  • What would we do differently?
  • How did BMI apply Scrum to domains other than technology?


Biography - Jim King

James A. King is Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Technology at Broadcast Music, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all areas of technology innovation, operations and product development to deliver cutting-edge business processes that provide the highest possible value to BMI’s songwriters, composers, music publishers and licensees. In addition, he has developed strategic partnerships and key relationships with many firms in the music and media industries to benefit BMI’s core business.

Mr. King joined BMI in 2010, having previously worked as Senior Vice President, Audience Platforms, and Global Chief Information Officer at United Business Media, PR Newswire. Linking business leadership, operations excellence, and technology innovation is a key part of Mr. King’s background.

Mr. King has held CIO, CTO, and COO positions with leading global information services, media and publishing companies, including McGraw-Hill, Brightpoint, and Reed Elsvier PLC. He also has held leadership roles with top IT companies, including Microsoft and AT&T Bell Labs. In addition to his other significant contributions to streamlining BMI’s operational platform, Mr. King has helped to earn BMI’s placement in InformationWeek’s list of the top 500 technology innovators for two consecutive years.

Mr. King holds several advanced degrees, including a Masters in Computer Science. His university experience includes Purdue University (LARS), Ball State University, and technology and business leadership training at MIT, among other institutions. In 2012 Mr. King completed a year-long executive leadership program at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Management School.

Biography - Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery is Senior Director, Project Management Office at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Mr. Montgomery is responsible for the delivery of technical programs and projects, and assists with process improvement related to Agile and Project Management. His accomplishments at BMI include adapting various agile methodologies to non-technology departments to enhance productivity and efficiency.

Mr. Montgomery joined BMI in April, 2011, as a consultant. Prior to this appointment, he served for more than 15-years in senior management positions within the banking industry, including the roles of CFO/CIO, COO and VP-IT in for-profit and non-profit financial institutions. He also completed 20-years of military service and retired at the rank of major in 2012. His awards and decorations include numerous commendations for meritorious, exemplary and humanitarian service, among others. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a veteran of Operation Noble Eagle and Hurricane Katrina.

As a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) from the Scrum Alliance and PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), Mr. Montgomery is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership from Creighton University. He is an Alumnus of University of Chicago, Graham School with Advanced Project Management studies, and has also completed business leadership studies at Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Montgomery holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 
Biography - Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis is Assistant Vice President, Business Operations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Mr. Davis is responsible for leading BMI’s Works Registration, Music Performance Identification, Audio/Visual Identifications, Foreign Research and Identification and Imaging departments to achieve objectives of all projects, programs and strategic plans. The contribution he makes within and outside of BMI influences the standards and processes for royalty distributions across the globe.
 
Mr. Davis joined BMI as a Systems Analyst and subsequently earned the titles of Project Leader, Project Manager, Project Director and Sr. Director, Enterprise Applications before becoming Assistant Vice President in 2012. Prior employment included Progressive Insurance, Technautics Corporation, MCA Inc., and Argo-Tech.
 
As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) from the Scrum Alliance, Mr. Davis has spoken on the application of agile methodologies to domains other than IT (Paris, 2013). He has also participated in conferences including Know What to Do Today: From Mobile to Middleware, and Agile Development Scaled to Multi-Tier Consumer Application Development at BMI (Orlando June 2012.) He is Board of Trustees President of Sumner Academy in Gallatin TN, and holds a BBA in Computer Science/Management Science from Kent State University.


Learning Objectives:
Room: Court Assembly
10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
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10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
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Summary: Enjoy a morning break in the Court Assembly.
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Open Space
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Open Space
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Open Space Guidelines

Bring your topic to Open Space and you can run an informal session on any topic you’re passionate about.

How do I propose an Open Space session?
  • Think of a topic
  • Take an index card and a marker
  • Write your topic at the top of the card
  • Write your name below – so people know who’s running the session
  • Post your topic on the Marketplace (sticky wall) picking a timeslot and location
Open Space runs by four simple organizing principles:
  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it’s over it’s over
Use the Law of Two Feet to take responsibility for following your own passions. If you feel that you are not contributing or benefitting from a session, please feel free to move on to something else. Remember it’s self-organizing so...prepare to be surprised.
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Room: Napoleon Ballroom
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
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12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
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Summary: Enjoy a delicious lunch served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Open Space
Session Details
Open Space
Room:
Track:
Session Type:
Summary:

Open Space Guidelines

Bring your topic to Open Space and you can run an informal session on any topic you’re passionate about.

How do I propose an Open Space session?
  • Think of a topic
  • Take an index card and a marker
  • Write your topic at the top of the card
  • Write your name below – so people know who’s running the session
  • Post your topic on the Marketplace (sticky wall) picking a timeslot and location
Open Space runs by four simple organizing principles:
  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it’s over it’s over
Use the Law of Two Feet to take responsibility for following your own passions. If you feel that you are not contributing or benefitting from a session, please feel free to move on to something else. Remember it’s self-organizing so...prepare to be surprised.
Learning Objectives:
Room: Court Assembly
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
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15:00 - 15:30 PM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
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Summary: Enjoy an afternoon break in the Court Assembly.
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Room: Versailles Ballroom
Closing Keynote
Speaker: Richard Sheridan 
Title: “The Business Value of Joy”
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Closing Keynote
Speaker: Richard Sheridan 
Title: “The Business Value of Joy”
Room: Room: Versailles Ballroom
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The Business Value of Joy

Joy in the context of business sounds ridiculous, and would be except for one important glaring fact: it produces measurable, repeatable, and sustainable results. Learn why from the founder, CEO, and Cheif Storyteller and author Richard Sheridan.


Within an industry known for missed deadlines, poor quality, "death march" processes and user experiences that requireDummies books to explain, this talk will deliver the hope of a better way. Attendees who attend agile and scrum conferences are searching for  tangible examples from which to sample and learn. This talk will deliver inspiration and practical takeaways.

Agile methodologies practiced The Menlo Way™ since 2001 are both joyful and disciplined. In this session, Sheridan will share from him personal experiences about the effects of physical space on team energy and engagement, the benefit of simple paper-based project management tools to foster better sponsor relationships, the power of systematic pairing in creating a learning organization that render towers of knowledge and Brooks' Law quaint challenges of the past.

Sheridan will discuss the cultural norms that remove fear and encourage experimentation; you'll hear about the elimination of meetings and the rituals and ceremonies that replace them. Learning Objectives: 1) Design a culture with the right team and leadership in a learning environment; 2) create client involvement; 3) define your environment by joy in an open and collaborative culture and 4) create delightful user experiences.


Biography


From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, author, CEO and Chief Storyteller Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organization deisgn, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and developmental team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one ... Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford's recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!

Some call it agile, some call it lean ... Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results ... business and otherwise. Five Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing more than a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™ for thousands who make the trek to Ann Arbor, Michigan each year. In Sheridan's recently published book Joy, Inc. he shares what he has learned about the effect of a culture focused on joy. The book was recently named Management Book of The Year by 800-CEO-READ, and Menlo Innovations was name The Most Joyful Company in America by Inc. magazine.


Learning Objectives:
Room: Napoleon Ballroom
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Session Details
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Room: Room: Napoleon Ballroom
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Summary: Our final breakfast together will be served in the Napoleon Ballroom.
Learning Objectives:
Open Space
Session Details
Open Space
Room:
Track:
Session Type:
Summary:

Open Space Guidelines

Bring your topic to Open Space and you can run an informal session on any topic you’re passionate about.

How do I propose an Open Space session?
  • Think of a topic
  • Take an index card and a marker
  • Write your topic at the top of the card
  • Write your name below – so people know who’s running the session
  • Post your topic on the Marketplace (sticky wall) picking a timeslot and location
Open Space runs by four simple organizing principles:
  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it’s over it’s over
Use the Law of Two Feet to take responsibility for following your own passions. If you feel that you are not contributing or benefitting from a session, please feel free to move on to something else. Remember it’s self-organizing so...prepare to be surprised.
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