Past Meetup

Completing User Stories on Greenfield Projects & Can Checklists Help Scrum Teams

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Glen Allen Library

10501 Staples Mill Rd · Glen Allen, VA

How to find us

1st room on the right as you enter the building

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6pm: Pizza & Networking
6:30pm: “Completing User Stories on Greenfield Projects” with Ben Scott
7:15pm: “Can Checklists Help You Improve Delivery with Scrum?” with Eric Palmer
8pm: Done/Break-down/Networking
8:30pm: Done, Done

Completing User Stories on Greenfield Projects:

At the beginning of a project, teams will usually spend a lot of time on infrastructure making it hard to demo anything to the business. There is a constant battle between engineers and product owners on what needs to be built first.

In this presentation I will show that you don’t need to compromise. Infrastructure can be generated, using an application generator called JHipster and it allows scrum teams to focus primarily on delivery business value right at the start of the project.

In a live demo, I will create a microservice application that provides the foundation for completing a user story:

‘As an inventory manager I want to add products to the inventory’

Can Checklists Help You Improve Delivery with Scrum:

In his book the

Checklist Manifesto (

, Atul Gawande makes a compelling and interesting case for using checklists to save lives. At the University of Richmond our goals are more modest. We started by wondering if checklists can help us delivery more and with higher quality. So we implemented a READ-DO and a DO-CONFIRM checklist for the UR scrum team to use. We will talk about why checklists are helpful, the two formal types and when you might use one over the other. We will discuss our experiences with checklists at the University and how they have helped us improve quality and delivery.


Ben Scott is a veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as an infantryman. He distinguished himself by earning several medals including a Purple Heart, a Commendation medal and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

He then earned a B. S. in Computer Science at Virginia Tech and started a career as a software developer. After being introduced to Scrum on a client project, he became an avid agilist and spearheaded his company’s transition from Waterfall to Scrum. Once the transition was complete he worked as a Scrum Master and managed several software projects to successful completion.

He is now working as a consultant at Ippon Technologies as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach where he contributes to an open source project, teaches agile methods, and coaches developers XP practices. Ben has had experiences coaching in fortune 500 companies as well as in startups.


Eric Palmer is the Director of Web Services at the University of Richmond (UR) and is responsible for the technical aspects of 140+ public web sites as well as supporting the infrastructure. At UR Eric coaches a scrum team of 7 composed of frontend and backend developers a designer, himself and a product owner. This scrum team has been operational for more than ten years.

With 30 plus years of IT development and IT management experience Eric has been involved in many projects small and large and seen his share of failures and successes.

Outside of work Eric is involved in a variety of STEM awareness activities mostly with High School students and has been known to mentor a few high school students along the way. Recently he completed a two year term as a board member for RVA MakerFest.