An Evening with Ken Schwaber

Join us as we kick of 2012 right with Ken Schwaber (via Skype) who will be providing us with some back to the basics principals on Scrum as well as hitting on the points of what Scrum is and isn't. Ken is a founding member of the Scrum Framework and we were honored to have him at our first meeting in January 2009. He now returns to help guide us through some of the changes in the Scrum Guide since then and many things learned over the last 3 years.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you!

    March 12, 2012

  • MaryAnn H.

    Scrum (out of the box); Scrum+1 (uniformity, consistency to best rules, cross functional teams, uninterupted teams, test first dev); Scrum+2 (tech debt id'd and slowed, partial transparency, good eng practices); Scrum+3 (integrated tests, complete/DONE def, Value driven dev, improved self-org); Scrum+4 (functional releases, external impediments removed, metrics, closely working PO and team); Scrum+5 (management roles defined, team performance bonus, departmenal and organization change beginning)

    1 · March 12, 2012

  • Lance D.

    Hi Robert, I have searched the web a good 5 minutes (on Google, you should be able to find it that quickly these days LOL) and I cannot. I really wish we had the slides.

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone happen to note Ken's slide on the different levels of Scrum? Or anybody know where I could find that online?

    March 10, 2012

  • David K.

    Thanks Kevin. Here's the latest article (Jan 2012) I've found.
    http://www.informationweek.com/...­

    February 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think he was talking about the FBI's case management system: http://www.informationweek.com/...­

    February 27, 2012

  • Lance D.

    Hi David, we did not. We asked him several times and no response. My apologies.

    February 27, 2012

  • David K.

    Did you ever get Ken's slide deck? I'd like to get the reference to the Gov project $450 M that rebooted using scrum after burning thru $420 M and years of delivering nothing.

    February 27, 2012

  • Charles S.

    Was good, hampered in part by the skype aspect of it. I would have preferred a more back and forth dialogue instead of what was very close to a monologue even during the Q&A section. The quick 1 line responses to the preset questions were funny, but lacking in content. Comparing this to when Jim Highsmith attended, there was no comparison in the content and discussion.

    January 21, 2012

  • MaryAnn H.

    It was a very good meeting with some great information. The food was great too. I didn't realize there would be food. Nice surprise.

    January 19, 2012

  • Ritu S.

    It was wonderful ! enjoyed the session although it was little hard to hear him clearly. It was great to see so many poeple. Thanks for organizing it.

    January 19, 2012

  • David K.

    It was a bit disappointing - when I came to understand it would not be in-person - but via skype - my expectations dropped; and the event lived up to my lowered expectations. I found some value in what I could hear and understand of Ken's monologue... More value in reconnecting with people.

    January 19, 2012

  • Lavanya S.

    It was my first meetup and I was so encouraged to see so many agile enthusiasts. Ken was amazing..

    January 18, 2012

  • Phil P.

    Excellent presenter, topic, and attendee participation. HATS OFF! to the coordinators for making additional room available so more people could participate!

    January 18, 2012

  • Tim N.

    It was a pleasure to visit with a co-founder of Scrum. The food and company were great as always. I was a bit late, so I had to go to the overflow room. I think I would have had a better experinece in main room. I still enjoyed the presentaion and Q/A.

    January 18, 2012

  • Heather G.

    I have been to two meetings and so far both have been excellent- way to go and a big thank you to all the coordinators. Ken was amazing, insightful, funny, and helpful. It was great.

    January 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was pleasantly surprised at the flexibility Ken showed. I was expecting him to be more dogmatic with fully implemented scrum or none at all.

    January 18, 2012

  • Aaron C.

    The meetup was great. Food was an incredible bonus (and quite charitable), Ken was candid, and overall the experience was a good one. My only desire was that I could have been part of the larger collective audience and not in the overflow room, as there is always a different vibe when part of the collective audience.

    It is a good problem to have, a lot of attendees, so I'm not complaining, just offering a perspective.

    January 18, 2012

  • Paul C.

    Schwaber was on point last night. I took a lot of value away from his discussion of the 2011 Scrum changes. It was a great meeting with outstanding BBQ.

    January 18, 2012

  • Brian L.

    Great to get a walk through of the guideline changes by the author. Also really appreciated Ken's approach-ability and interest in the audience questions

    January 18, 2012

  • Paul H.

    It was a pleasure to hear Ken expand upon Scrum and to also learn that the "book" is still open on what Scrum is. Go Scrum.org!

    January 18, 2012

  • Gabriel

    Good but it's unfortunate it had to be done over video

    January 18, 2012

  • Mary C.

    It was interesting hearing Ken's thoughts on where Scrum is today and where it will go in the future.

    January 18, 2012

  • David

    The content was very good, but technical issues with the video conference in the overflow room made it quite hard to follow. It would come in clear for a while, then start to stutter. Additionally, the slightest movement from anyone in the room would overpower the weak speakers, causing us to miss what was being said.

    January 18, 2012

  • Yujun L.

    It would have been better if Ken had been on site, but it was good.

    January 18, 2012

  • Pete F.

    The best meeting I've attended. So much useful information from Ken's presentation and his dialogue with people who asked questions. Kudos to Allison for setting it up!! :-D

    January 18, 2012

  • Mark H.

    Great talk, a little hard to hear.

    January 18, 2012

  • Michael A.

    Best Meetup I've been to yet! Great turn out.

    January 18, 2012

  • Lance D.

    It was great to hear from Ken and a lot of the changes that are going on with the Scrum Guide and how they are less regid in the process (which is how it is suppose to be). Ken has a great sense of humor and is very matter-of-fact in his delivery (which of course is mostly common sense). We all need that from our industry leaders to help us ensure we are not over-processing our processes :-)

    January 18, 2012

  • Lance D.

    If you were on a waiting list, you have been cleared. We have opened up some satellite rooms at the office and hope that can accomodate the crowd. We will soon find out :-)

    January 17, 2012

  • Lance D.

    We made some more space at Improving. We will consider other options if we get many more spaces.

    January 10, 2012

  • Lance D.

    Checking to see if we can make more space available, thank you all for your patience and interest!

    January 6, 2012

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