Past Meetup

How a CTO Scaled Strategic Scrum with Nexus+ and Evidence Based Management

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67 people went

Every 1st Thursday of the month

Bottle Rocket

14841 Dallas Pkwy, 8th floor · Addison, TX

How to find us

Please take the north elevator to the 8th floor

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Imagine you are the CTO of a Company that has acquired 24 companies in less than 2 years, and have no intention of slowing down. You are blessed to have a team of smart, passionate people from different companies but they have different views on developing software. How would you Scale Scrum in a way that creates consistency without constraining the autonomy and creativity of teams? How would you help leaders scale their knowledge by coaching and mentoring new team members? How would you create transparency through Information Radiators that extract and visualize information from multi-vendor systems of truth? How would you educate teams in new ways of thinking, without pulling them away to attend 2 day training sessions?

Join us to learn how this CTO used Scrum as a key part of his scaling strategy using Nexus+ and Evidence Based Management. We will share real-world experiences from this roller-coaster ride, which sometimes felt like changing the engines on a plane while it's in flight. We will describe the challenges, work-arounds, celebrations and frustrations of Scaling Scrum in a fast-paced environment and extract some insights that you might find valuable in your journey.

We will share how we trained a distributed team in short, bite-sized chunks. How we enabled an Agile Community of Practice and how we integrated tools like AHA!, Jira, Confluence,, Periscope & Slack to enable meaningful interactions between inspired individuals. By the end of the session, you will walk away with actionable insights and references that you can apply in your Agile journey.


Valar is an agile-inspired, accomplished and customer focused professional with more than 17 years of IT experience in project/program management and software process consulting. She has agile coaching and Change Management experience for more than 10 years with a passion to improve process and team performance. Having worked with prominent global clients in multiple business domains and technologies, she has a deep expertise in managing application software development with a strong hands-on development background, She has a strong record of building trusted relationship with clients, customers, peers and team members and is on a mission to continuously improve. Valar's latest interest is in scaling Agile. She is a certified SPC 4 (SAFe) as well as a SPS (Nexus) consultant. She had successfully lead a new product development with 4-5 teams in a short span of 3 months for a leading financial company using Nexus framework ( She is currently working as a coach and Scrum master for a leading company in sports domain implementing Nexus+ and Evidence based management ( RAVI VERMA
Ravi Verma is a Professional Scrum Trainer with and a steward for the Scaled Professional Scrum workshop. He is founder and Org Whisperer at SmoothApps - a boutique I.T. Management Consulting Firm that helps organizations recapture the magic of making I.T.

Ravi is active in the Agile Community and is the co-founder of the Agile for Patriots Program, which helps US Military Veterans and their Spouses with free Agile Training, Certification and Experience so that they can build fulfilling careers in the I.T. industry. He has also co-created the Software Code of Ethics, the Scrum Pulse Webinar Series, the Scrum Tapas Video Series and has created the Sabotagile Manifesto & Sabotagile Principles.

6:00 - 6:30: Networking, snacks

6:30 - 8:00: Presentation

Hope to see you there!


Ravi Verma