Creating Sprint Reviews that Attract, Engage, and Enlighten your ‘Customers’

Note: This event will take place the second Tuesday of the month in place of our usual first Tuesday of the month event.

Creating Sprint Reviews that Attract, Engage, and Enlighten your ‘Customers’

Are you suffering from organizational disinterest in what your agile teams are delivering? Are your Product Owners unavailable or distracted? Does everyone question the value and flow of what your teams are working on? Are your sprint reviews a ho-hum experience with varying and low attendance?

If you answered yes to any of the above, your agile teams are in trouble and you need to attend this session.

Join experienced agile coach Bob Galen to explore real-world patterns for how to increase the interest, energy, and value of your Sprint Reviews. First we’ll explain the importance of proper preparation, keys to dry runs, and role of a Master of Ceremonies. Then we’ll look at ways to orchestrate reviews to include the whole team and engage your audience, while always demonstrating “working software”. Next up is how to perform effective review follow-up gathering feedback towards high-impact improvements. Finally, we’ll wrap-up the session by exploring how to make your reviews a centerpiece of your agile adoption and cross-organizational transformation.

Robert ‘Bob’ Galen

Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other Agile methods and practices. He is currently President & Principal Consultant at RGCG, LLC. He is also Director of Agile Solutions for Zenergy Technologies where he applies his experience helping clients accelerate their agile adoption.

Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance & Scrum Alliance. In 2009 he published the book Scrum Product Ownership – Balancing Value from the Inside Out. The book addresses the gap in guidance towards effective agile product management. You can find the book here -

Bob may be reached directly at – [masked] or [masked] or

Please Note: This event is not at the Miller Inn! We will be downtown at Robert W Baird to accommodate a larger audience.

Milwaukee Agile is geared toward both experienced and brand new practitioners. The pizza is sponsored by Redpoint Technologies. Soft drinks, water and the space is sponsored by Robert W. Baird.

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  • Tonya S.

    really great topic and presenter!

    November 4, 2012

  • Todd N.

    Bob has provided a PDF to his presentation. I'll put this out on the message board as well:

    October 10, 2012

    • Todd N.

      For some reason, this link doesn't seem to be working although it is correct. Use this instead­ and you can download the PDF on the second link in the search results.

      October 10, 2012

  • Bruce W.

    Another great meeting. Bob did a great job... as always great networking.

    October 10, 2012

  • Andy L.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation yesterday and appreciate all of the insightful questions and content. I plan to integrate a few of the ideas in our iteration review tomorrow.

    Thanks Bob!

    October 10, 2012

  • Amy H.

    Bob was a fantastic presenter on a topic that is relevant to all. As a novice practitioner seeking to bolster my skill set, this meeting's tutorial nature was very helpful and approachable.

    October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    helped reassure me that we are already doing most things right, but the little tweaks around the edges will add even more wow.

    October 10, 2012

  • Ron G.

    Great presentation by Bob and a really good first introduction to Milwaukee Agile. I'll definitely be back. Thanks to all for organizing.

    October 10, 2012

  • Todd H.

    Great topic, great speaker. I came away with a list of ideas and a whole new perspective on how to plan, oraganize, and execute sprint reviews. We have been performing sprint reviews essentially with the development team and PO. I expect some resistance on adding more heads to the reviews, because we are service organization that operates on billable hours. I think inviting members of upper-management will change the whole nature of the meeting and really drive the team to focus on the 'theme' of the sprint and delivering functionality.

    October 10, 2012

  • Colleen

    Great talk on involving the team and getting stakeholders to engage in sprint reviews. Bob is a very engaging presenter and a highly experienced practitioner.

    October 10, 2012

  • Jason M.

    Great session Bob! You are an engaging speaker and loved the benefit of your experience. I took a lot away from tonight and will definitely chat with the teams about how we might formalize and be more deliberate and thoughtful about our Reviews!

    October 9, 2012

  • Jason M.

    Great session Bob! You are an engaging speaker and loved the benfit of your experience. I took a lot away from tonight and will definitely chat with the teams about how we might formalize and be more deliberate and thoughtful about our Reviews!

    One comment I wanted to leave you is related to your Success or Failure points. You've inspired a blog post :) -

    October 9, 2012

  • Russ S.

    This was a great presentation - I plan to start making use of the new ideas right away.

    October 9, 2012

  • Brian W.

    As a Product Owner I am always looking for better ways to engage the stakeholders. Bob's presentation had some great ideas that I am looking to implement.

    October 9, 2012

  • Sean G.

    Which building should we park in? Is the Baird one open that late? Sean (still new to MKE)

    October 9, 2012

  • Todd N.

    Sorry Jim. I realize this is a week later than our usual time but we were accommodating Bob's schedule. Hope to see you at the next one.

    October 9, 2012

  • Todd N.

    Exact location for everyone's convenience:

    Robert W. Baird
    Vandenberg Room – Galleria Level
    777 East Wisconsin Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

    October 8, 2012

  • Todd N.

    IMPORTANT: Do your best to arrive before 5:45pm. The US Bank Building becomes significantly more locked down at 6pm. Details Below. The only two entrances to the US Bank Building that are open after 6pm are 1) Cass Street (accessed through the Michigan St. Level) and 2) through the US Bank parking structure (unlocked until 7pm). The elevators will lock at 6pm and will need an employee badge to get to the Galleria floor (where the Vandenberg Room is located).

    October 8, 2012

  • Bob G.

    I'm very much looking forward to this talk and meeting Milwaukee Agilists. Looks like a great turnout! I'm part of the leadership team for our local Raleigh agile group. You've given me the inspiration to try "pizza and beer" to supplement our collaboration ;-)

    See everyone next week...

    October 5, 2012

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