Gathering 2011 – Rhino Room, for Scrum Masters

Wow, only one week to go. The SUGSA Committee has been hard at work finalising the last details of what it sure to be a great Gathering! Some of our international speakers and guests have already arrived.

Now, what is a great Scrum team without a great Scrum Master.This track is dedicated to the fearless leader, the Scrum Master! A mix of sessions that include both the hands-on tools of the trade as well as leadership aspects of the role is what you can look forward to.

In Johannesburg, 9 September, we welcome:

Boris Gloger

An effective ScrumMaster is the Key Variable to Scrum Team Success

It will be come as no surprise to most business leaders that the key to team success is leadership. We know three important things about team leaders and team effectiveness:

First —  teams need leadership support, without clear sponsorship  from key leaders, the culture of high performance never really root. Second — leadership effectiveness is the most important variable in their ongoing operational effectiveness. Teams without the benefit of a good coach are not as successful as those who have one. And third — Recent research suggests that there are certain leadership characteristics conscientiousness and integrity that have a positive correlation with organization results. We know that leaders who master empowering behaviors such as facilitating, barrier busting, and Socratic coaching inspire the type of discretionary effort of team members that creates competitive advantage.

Conclusion: All teams need a coach — A deeper knowledge of the ScrumMaster role as a leader in the above sense is the answer to Scrum-Team success.

In our session we will understand the importance to address the above three points by understanding:

— Legitimation — and how do I get it from my superiors

— Operational excellence: Creating a team development plan, and the Product Owner is also a part of the Scrum Team. The day to day boss role of a ScrumMaster.

— 6 Important Leadership skills. What skills do a ScrumMaster needs and how to get them?

Fadi Stephan

Daily Stand-up Anti-patterns and Heuristics

The daily-stand-up is one of the first practices that newcomers to agile adopt. On the surface, it sounds simple and easy to implement. Conduct a brief daily meeting and answer three questions. However, the daily stand-up is one of the most important ceremonies for a successful agile adoption. Done right, it helps the team in ensuring accountability, following through on sprint commitments, identifying risks, resolving impediments, and overall team building.

Discover how to spot daily stand-up anti patterns and symptoms. Understand their causes. Learn how to apply preventive measures and remedies to keep your daily stand-ups energized. Leave with new tips and insights on how to conduct effective daily stand-ups.

 

And in Cape Town, 13 / 14 September, we’re looking forward to the following:

Boris Gloger

An effective ScrumMaster is the Key Variable to Scrum Team Success

It will be come as no surprise to most business leaders that the key to team success is leadership. We know three important things about team leaders and team effectiveness:

First —  teams need leadership support, without clear sponsorship  from key leaders, the culture of high performance never really root. Second — leadership effectiveness is the most important variable in their ongoing operational effectiveness. Teams without the benefit of a good coach are not as successful as those who have one. And third — Recent research suggests that there are certain leadership characteristics conscientiousness and integrity that have a positive correlation with organization results. We know that leaders who master empowering behaviors such as facilitating, barrier busting, and Socratic coaching inspire the type of discretionary effort of team members that creates competitive advantage.

Conclusion: All teams need a coach — A deeper knowledge of the ScrumMaster role as a leader in the above sense is the answer to Scrum-Team success.

In our session we will understand the importance to address the above three points by understanding:

— Legitimation — and how do I get it from my superiors

— Operational excellence: Creating a team development plan, and the Product Owner is also a part of the Scrum Team. The day to day boss role of a ScrumMaster.

— 6 Important Leadership skills. What skills do a ScrumMaster needs and how to get them?

Cara Turner

Motivation++ Building motivated teams with great facilitation (CT Only!)

Is your team excited about the challenges they face on a daily and sprintly basis? We’re becoming increasingly aware that intrinsically motivated teams have a higher degree of creativity, better conceptual understanding and are just better at solving problems. Interactive games give us the tools to energize and engage participants, draw out and shape ideas and knowledge in a meaningful context, and facilitate team ownership over just implementing solutions that fit their business need. Most important of all, this helps shape the continuous improvement of the teams themselves.

This fun and experiential session will explore different types of interactive games – from written to spoken to physical – that can be used to inject energy into meetings and create compelling structures for workshop and retrospective facilitation.

Thorsten Oliver Kalnin

StrategicPlay ® Scrum Simulation – Scrum LEGO ® Airport (CT Only!)

Based on the LEGO Serious Play® kit, attendee’s will be divided into Scrum teams and assigned specific roles – Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Team Members. Then, using sets of Lego®, each team will be required to build a model described by Thorsten, a qualified Certified StrategicPlay Facilitator. After this very interactive session, you’ll understand that Scrum is about self-organizing teams, cooperation, understanding, respecting people, teamwork, creativity and productivity.
Enhance your creative thinking and enabling interesting metaphors explaining the core Scrum values and principles, Thorsten will demonstrate that the Scrum Workflow is about building valuable products for the customer in each sprint which can be delivered after every iteration. Understand what needs to be build first so that the customer can start realizing business value after the first sprint and continue to add value from sprint to sprint.

Prepare yourself for an exciting, fast-paced and highly interactive learning experience. Serious fun!
Book your tickets online now!We also have dedicated tracks for the Product Owner, Scrum Team Members (developers, analysts, testers etc) as well as  Management. Some final bits to come in the next few days. Click here to view the detailed program.

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