Seven Reasons Sprints Fail and What To Do About It?

In this interactive discussion we will discuss common reasons for sprint/iteration failure, and what can be done to prevent these common issues.  We will focus on the little details that often make or break sprint success.

Some of the areas covered include under-planning, lack of focus, and……believe it or not, issues with over-collaboration.

Presenter: Greg Smith, GS Solutions Group

Greg Smith is a seasoned Agile coach and the founder of GS Solutions Group. 

Greg began his career at R.R. Donnelley, designing and supporting automated manufacturing equipment in a time sensitive environment.  Over time Greg shifted his career to software development and in 2001 he began specializing in Agile software development after being trained by Jim Highsmith.

During his career, Greg has held positions as a Product Manager, Program Manager, Development Manager, Scrum Master, and Project Manager.  He has received numerous awards for his work in helping start-ups establish good software practices, and for helping large enterprises overcome bureaucracy and deliver urgent projects.

Greg became an instructor for Agile Project Management at Bellevue College in 2005.  During that time Greg has helped over 100 companies initiate their move to a more agile process.  Greg frequently goes on-site to help students build on their agile training and establish an agile lifecycle that thrives within their constraints.

In 2009 Greg co-authored Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World.  This book has helped a number of companies move to a more effective development lifecycle, and is often used as a guide for entire project teams.

Greg is also highly involved with the Agile Alliance and was the Stage Producer for the Agile Adoption stage in 2009 and the Agile Project Management stage in 2010.  In 2011 Greg co-lead 2 workshops at  Agile Alliance conference in Salt Lake City. In 2013 Greg was a stage producer for the Nashville Agile Alliance Conference.

Greg is an expert in Agile practices and adoption, but his main focus is helping companies solve business problems and deliver software while the need still exists.  Greg is able to do this by leveraging his deep Agile experience and using numerous tools and practices to be successful regardless of the situation. Greg has helped companies such as Exxon, Microsoft, Halliburton, StubHub, AutoDesk, Stanford University, Fannie Mae, and JP Morgan Chase move to Agile.

Greg is a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Consultant, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Project Manager (CAPM), and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner.


• 6:30 - 7:00: Food and Social Time (Brought to you by Marchex)

• 7:00: Announcements

•Upcoming Events 

• Jobs sought/offered

• Next meeting

• 7:10: Seven Reasons Sprints Fail, presented by Greg Smith

• 8:20: Meeting Retrospective

• 8:30: Meeting Ends

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  • Aki

    Greg Smith has given me a doc to distribute before the meeting. I will post it on the BeyondAgile distribution list. If you are not on the list!forum/beyondagile, and you want a copy of the doc, let me know [masked].

    June 25, 2014

  • Aki

    Date is Wednesday, June 25th. I hope the invite indicates this.

    June 13, 2014

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