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
Room: Court Assembly
11:00 - 11:30 AM Break
Session Details
11:00 - 11:30 AM Break
Room: Room: Court Assembly
Track:
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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
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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
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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
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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.
 
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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!
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