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Pete Behrens on "Death by Scrum", Apr 27

From: Alex V.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 2:02 PM
A reminder that Agile Denver will meet at the Tivoli near Downtown 
Denver this coming Monday, April 27th. Guest speaker Pete Behrens will 
explore "Death by Scrum"

At the end of Pete's presentation we'll be giving away a few door 
prizes, including one free pass to attend Mike Cohn's "Effective User 
Stories for Agile Requirements" class in Boulder. This class will be 
held on August 3rd -- see http://www.mounta...­ 
for more info.

Scrum is pitched as a powerful change agent by driving more committed 
self-organizing teams, delivering results more predictably and more 
quickly, increasing progress transparency, improving quality, and 
creating a team-based organizational culture. Yet, in many 
organizations, Scrum is but an empty shell around a set of meetings 
which many feel they are wasting their time and micro-managed with 
little time to get "real" work done.

Death by Scrum arises because organizations lose focus on the primary 
reasons that Scrum was created - Teams and Timeboxes! Teams solve 
problems better than individuals. Teams are more productive and create 
higher quality results working in focused time-boxes.

Death by Scrum is a saga navigated by a Scrum Coach across many 
organizations who have struggled and succeeded with adopting Scrum 
principles, but who learned that Scrum's shell is only the protective 
layer shielding the vulnerable principles within and only through 
recognition and refocus on the principles were they able to avoid death.

Death by Scrum is a leadership and team concern because it impacts the 
effectiveness of the organization in their ability to deliver results 
quickly, reliably, and with high quality. This session will focus on 
three primary tools to put the focus on teams and avoid Death by Scrum:

1) Facilitating Team-based Time-boxed Meetings

2) Guiding Team-based Time-boxed Sprints

3) Fostering a Team-based Time-boxed Organization


5:30 - 6:30 PM  Pizza, networking and announcements
6:30 - 8:00 PM  Pete Behrens Presentation


Pete is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) 
with over 18 years experience in developing software solutions and 7 
years guiding organizational-wide Scrum transformations. Pete 
specializes in large-scale adoption working in multi-team engagements 
with highly-dependent product platforms often with distributed 
organizations. Some of his work over the past three years has included 
companies such as, Nokia, McKinsey & Co, Earthlink, JDA 
Software, Corporate Express, Los Angeles Times, Media News Group, and 

Pete is an active leader within the Agile Community through the Scrum 
Alliance, Agile Alliance and Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN). He 
guided the establishment of the Certified Scrum Coaching (CSC) Program 
through his extensive work as an external coach and leadership of the 
development team in defining the guidelines, criteria, and certification 
process for the program. He is a moderator and reviewer for multiple 
platforms at the Agile Alliance Agile 2009 Conference.

Prior to his work with the Agile Community, Pete led the development of 
Rational RequisitePro working extensively through the Rational Unified 
Process (RUP), and developed solutions through traditional phased-based 
and Rapid Application Development (RAD) methods at Electronic Data 
Systems (EDS).


The April 2009 meeting sponsor is Trail Ridge Consulting.

Trail Ridge Consulting is an agile consulting firm specializing in 
coaching leadership agility and guiding enterprise agile transitions to 
transform organizational ability into organizational agility.

Their unique approach centers on developing high-performing disciplined 
teams which share responsibility through agile team-based education, 
agile leadership coaching, and agile organizational alignment.

Trail Ridge Consulting has the agile expertise backed by a track record 
of successful agile transformations providing you the experience and 
support required for the challenges ahead.

For more information, see http://www.trailr...­


The March meeting will be held in the Tivoli Student Union (TV)
building, in Room 320 Section A (Baerresen Ballroom).

The Tivoli is located on the Auraria Campus, within walking distance of
Downtown Denver via Larimer Street crossing Speer. You can reach the
campus from the I-25 south Colfax or Speer exits.

Please review or print out the parking map for reference:


Parking on site costs around $5 for attendees of our event and there
should be parking available in the lots off of Auraria Parkway and Ninth
Street. Be sure to mention that you are attending an on campus event
otherwise they might assume you are there for a sports event.

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