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Post-Gathering

Well, it’s all over (until next year). A record breaking event for us, spanning two cities, three days, 260 people, four continents and eighteen speakers.

Below you will find all the pics from the Cape Town event

Cape Town – Final Details!

Wow, Johannesburg, what an event! Click here for some photos from this leg of the Gathering.

We’re looking forward to meeting you all in Cape Town on Tuesday and Wednesday next week! In preparation for a great Scrum Gathering we thought we’d send through some logistics to help you navigate the two days.

Dates

To to confirm, it’s Tuesday, 13 September and Wednesday, 14 September.

Getting there

The event will be held at Erinvale Estate Hotel (not Erinvale Golf Course – the entrances are next to each other, the hotel is on the right.) A map, directions and GPS co-ordinates can all be found at the Erinvale web site at http://www.erinvale.co.za/contactus.php.

When you arrive on Tuesday there will be parking behind the buildings on the hotel grounds. You will be directed by the Erinvale staff – so just ask.

The program

Registration and breakfast starts at 8:00am on Tuesday and breakfast starts at 8:30 on Wednesday, with the first activities of each day starting at 9:00am. The sessions end at 17:00 on each day. There will be two coffee breaks as well as lunch each day.

Click here for a detailed program itinerary, but don’t stress about printing a copy.  A colour program will be available in your goodie bag that you will receive when you register.

The speaker details can be seen at http://www.scrum.org.za/gathering-2/speaker-information.

Social Event

This year’s social event is sponsored by Fundamo and we look forward to joining you in the Magnolia Restaurant for drinks and post-Gathering socialisation on Tuesday evening, after the last sessions – around 5pm.

Connectivity

There will be WiFi access. WiFi vouchers will be available from the reception desk.

General

If you have any questions, please email info@scrum.org.za or catch one of us on the day at the registration desk or otherwise.

We look forward to having a great Scrum Gathering with you.

Johannesburg – Photos of the event

The Johannesburg event was a great success. Lots of fun and learning was had by all.
Click on this link to see photos of the event: SGZA JHB

Johannesburg – are you ready?

Only one day to go before the Johannesburg Scrum Gathering. We hope you are as excited as we are.

Here is some information regarding the venue, times and general logistics.

Venue

To find the venue is easy. Choose the option that best suite your travel arrangements.
1) If you are coming from somewhere in JHB on one of the main highways, you can just download the map from the Sandton Convention Centre’s website: Map
2) If you are using a GPS: S26° 06.394 / E028° 03.221
3) If you are coming from the Sandton Gautrain Station: download a google map from our site

Parking

Parking is available under the Sandton Convention Centre. Entrance into this parking is in Alice Street between West and 5th Streets. This parking takes 300 cars. We are not the only conference on the day, so if this parking is full, please use the Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square malls parking.

Parking tickets will be available at the registration desk on arrival, so you would not have to pay for your parking on the day.

Arrival

At the entrance of the Sandton Convention Centre you will find friendly Sandton Convention Centre hosts. They will assist you in finding the venue, so do ask them.

The Scrum Gathering is located in committee rooms 3-5. Registration will be open from 7:30. Come early to avoid traffic and have a snack + coffee with us.

Event

The event will start at 9:00 and will end at 19:00. Click here for a detailed program itinerary, but don’t stress about printing a copy.  A colour program will be available in your goodie bag that you will receive when you register.. A program will also be available in your goodie bag.

Wifi Access

Please get your wifi voucher at the registration desk on arrival if you need it.

Social

The social will be starting from 17:00 till 19:00. Join us for a drink and some snacks after the event and social with the best Scrum people in SA.

If there is anything else you need to know please email us and we will respond ASAP.

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

 

Gathering 2011 – Leopard Lounge, and more!

And we’re here! Only 2 days to go before the Johannesburg Gathering. We are hard at work finalizing those last minute details at the venues.

Even the most avid learners sometimes get full. The Leopard Lounge will be a place to relax when your brain is full and you need a break, or a place to connect between sessions and have those important conversations with other delegates which are what makes a Scrum Gathering special.

And, not only will there be dedicated tracks for the Scrum Master, the Product Owner, the Manager and the members of the team, but we also have a few extra’s planned.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect:

 

Mitch Lacey

   Board of Directors of Scrum Alliance

We have the pleasure this year of hosting Mitch Lacey, from the Scrum Alliance.

Mitch  is an Agile practitioner and trainer who has been managing projects for over twelve years with numerous plan-driven and Agile projects under his belt, including core enterprise services for Windows Live.

An author of numerous publications and a speaker at many Agile conferences, Mitch will be welcoming us at both the Johannesburg and Cape Town events. Mitch will be on hand during each day to answer any Scrum Alliance questions should you wish to catch up on what is happening in our international community.

 

Agile Games

   with Samantha Laing & Karen Greaves

Agile is about more than processes and tools. It’s about individuals and interactions, and there is no better way to experience this that by participating in agile games.

Get ready for a session of high energy and interaction. You’ll be sure to have new friends at the end of this one!

And the best bit is that we’re be having Agile Games at both the Johannesburg and Cape Town events.

 Phil Barrett

A hands-on introduction to sprint zero

   with Phil Barrett (CT Only)

Before you commit to writing too much code, it’s good to be sure you have got a big idea for your product that really works for users, and that stakeholders agree with the direction you’re taking. You need a phase to explore ideas, and get feedback from users, before you get stuck into your sprints. This makes sure you start off climbing the right mountain, rather than realising you’re on the wrong one when you’re half way up.

Creating prototypes in code is expensive and slow, when you’re on the hunt for the right version of the big idea.

UCD techniques can really help. Paper and pencil prototypes are cheaper than code and work well enough at the very early stages of a project. They let you explore more ideas in less time.

In the workshop you’ll get a chance to:
- Use personas and scenarios as a way to get new ideas
- Create a cheap paper/digital prototype that is good enough for testing
- Run a usability test

.. and we’ll cover the reasons why it works and why it’s good for your business, your team and your sanity.

 

Agile Jazz

   with Andrew Coote (CT Only)

Andrew has over 10 years experience as a developer, project manager and Scrum Master in various industries, including Microsoft EMEA in Reading, UK. He is also an accomplished Jazz trumpet player, who has toured with Mango Groove, Johnny Clegg, Natalie Cole and many others. How is that relevant you’re asking? Read below!

Using a live performance of a four-piece Jazz ensemble as a reference and demonstration, Andrew will present Jazz as a metaphor for Agile teamwork and the evolution of processes. We work through a cycle emphasising the following common attributes between Jazz and Agile teamwork: Skills, Self Management, Specialisation, Collaboration, Adaptivity, Innovation, Improvisation, Risk Taking, Supporting, Delivering Value, Sustaining Pace, and Passionate Commitment.

This is a light, entertaining session that is highly memorable as a metaphor for teamwork.

 

Scrum Clinic

   Got a question? Ask a doctor! (CT Only)

Got a problem or burning question with your Scrum implementation? Have an issue that you feel wasn’t addressed in any of the sessions? No problem – we have alocated time for our Scrum Doctors” (read: industry experts) to give you some one-on-one advise on whatever it is that you need help with. We have allocated three and  half hours on the second day of the Cape Town Gathering for this large scale Scrum clinic. Sorry Johannesburg, this one is for CT only.

 

Lightning Talks

   various speakers and topics (CT Only)

Now it’s your turn! We have an interesting line up of volunteer speakers from varying industries that will cover a wide range of topics . 10 minutes to present, 5 minutes for questions. An energetic way to end of the event.

 

There are still tickets available for both the Cape Town and Johannesburg events. Click here to book online.

 

We’ll see you there!

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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Gathering 2011 – Elephant in the Room, for Managers

If you are a manager that’s new to agile or even if you’ve been working with agile teams for a long time, there is always something more you could be doing to help your team perform better or transition to agile more easily. If you are a manager like me and are looking for agile management tips and tricks or even some inspiration then the “Elephant in the Room” track, for managers is for you. Learn more about agile and various development methodologies, get exposure to some great leaders and learn how you can help create a more productive team.

Here’s a brief overview of the speakers, and their sessions, for this years Scrum for Leads track.

In Johannesburg, we introduce:

Simon Bennett

Lean vs Agile – Stop Fighting Starting Delivering: Reloaded

Simon discusses the hot topic of Scrum vs. Kanban. First presented in 2008 in Stockholm and now re-written and updated to reflect the recent rise in interest in Kanban. This presentation aims to show that Lean and Agile are not alternate canons, but are rather two sides of the same coin, and differ mainly in their approach to adoption, rather than their end states. He feels that the zealotry that exists in both the Scrum and Kanban camps does more harm than good. If you’re more interested in results than buzzwords, then this is the session for you.

 

 

Siegfried Kaltenecker

The elephant is dead. Leadership in the agile world


Sigi will address critical questions facing the agile manager today. How best can the agile potential be fostered and developed? Which team efforts and management input would support this? What does an agile management culture comprise of? He will explore each of these factors in more detail, providing concrete examples, and invite you to share your experience, with a focus on the role of leadership in agile transitions.

 

9 September 2011 – Sandton Convention Center – book your tickets online now!

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In Cape Town, we’re looking forward to the following:

Richard Bailey

Help me, the hippies have taken my team to play games

Richard will take a humorous, irreverent business view of the value that Scrum adds to a software business. For many business executives, Scrum appears to be a series of mystic rituals and games. This has historically generated a lot of tension for teams transitioning to scrum while surviving the pressures of business as usual. Richard will take the audience through his roller-coaster ride of championing and defending scrum while the business taunted that his team was just playing games. Along the way he will hope to include insights and anecdotes, along with audience discussion on taking the business on the ride to scrum from the perspective of a business executive.
Along the way he will highlight the tremendous value Scrum adds to his business role as CTO and some insights as to how Scrum practitioners can help business executive particularly understand that Scrum rituals and names are not excuses for playing games at work.

 

 

Simon Bennett

Beyond Kano: Using the Cynefin Framework for Backlog Management

Simon will explore the fascinating topic of the Cynefin framework for prioritising. Although Scrum is a great tool for managing complex product development, not every single part of your product or project is actually in itself complex. Cynefin gives us a framework, against which we can zoom in on which parts of our backlog require the most attention, as well as providing a mechanism for gaining stakeholder buy-in and team socialisation. Come learn a new tool to put in your Product Owner’s backpack.

 

Siegfried Kaltenecker

The Big 5. Leadership as a team sport in the agile world


Simon discusses the hot topic of Scrum vs. Kanban. First presented in 2008 in Stockholm and now re-written and updated to reflect the recent rise in interest in Kanban. This presentation aims to show that Lean and Agile are not alternate canons, but are rather two sides of the same coin, and differ mainly in their approach to adoption, rather than their end states. He feels that the zealotry that exists in both the Scrum and Kanban camps does more harm than good. If you’re more interested in results than buzzwords, then this is the session for you.

 

 

13 and 14 September 2011 – Erinvale Hotel, Somerset West – book your tickets online now!

We also have dedicated tracks for the Scrum Master, Scrum Team Members (developers, analysts, testers etc) and of course the Product Owner.

More information to come in the next few days,  so please – stay tuned. Click here to view the detailed program.

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Gathering 2011 – Lion’s Den, for Product Owners

As a Product owner myself, I’m particularly looking forward to this track! As with the Buffalo Herd, this room will not only offer sessions that provide solid techniques and new idea’s but there will also be substantial focus on the more subtle and inherent principles, which turn good Product Owners into really great Product owners!

Here’s a brief overview of the speakers, and their sessions, for this years Product Owner track.

In Johannesburg, we introduce:

Aslam Khan

Product Ownership

While Scrum brings about fundamental change, it also an excuse to continue working ineffectively but under the disguise of a new vocabulary. This is most frequently seen in the area of product ownership. For a long time I have been wary of the way product ownership is “taught”, and the way it is executed in teams. I think the fundamental tension of product ownership is not being addressed. In this session I will take an extremely deep view of product ownership, not as an individual doing a job, but as a collective of thought leadership for exceptional product development.

While this sounds all too theoretical, we will look at concrete things that can be tried to get better at product development. For example, being able to detect the waterfall cascading in your scrum implementation, or dealing with non-scrum stakeholders for reporting and communication, how to stop being story factories, and getting the development team to be developers instead of code factories.

9 September 2011 – Sandton Convention Center – book your tickets online now!

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In Cape Town, we’re looking forward to the following:

Simon Bennet

Beyond Kano: Using the Cynefin Framework for Backlog Management

Although Scrum is a great tool for managing Complex Product Development, not every single part of your product or project is actually in itself complex. Cynefin gives us a framework against which we can focus in on which parts of our backlog require the most attention as well as providing a mechanism for gaining stakeholder buy-in and team socialisation at the same time.

 

Come learn a new tool to put in your Product Owner’s backpack.

 

Rian van der Merwe

An Intoduction to User experience Design

How do you develop web sites that users love and that allow them to do exactly what they want to do without fuss or bother? How do you make sure users can navigate your web site effectively and get to all the information they need quickly? The answer lies in the process of User Experience Design, which at its core is about delivering business value by making sure there are no points of friction along the user’s journey through the web site.

In this talk I will give an overview of the elements of User Experience Design, and more importantly, why you should care about it. The goal is to provide some baseline knowledge of the user-centered design process to equip anyone to take those skills back to their desks and start applying it immediately. We’ll discuss user experience research, content strategy, interaction design, and visual design, and how those elements work together to build great experiences.

 

Maritza van den Heuvel

Can PO teams solve the PO Problems?

The Product Owner (PO) role is considered by many to be the key role that determines the ultimate success of a Scrum team. Ironically, the PO can also be your team’s single biggest impediment, since the role requires a unique, wide-ranging skill set and requires the PO to be actively involved at many levels within the business and with the team.

This session explores the feasibility of creating PO teams to address the PO challenge, examining specifically the process dynamics in a team of POs with often widely different skill sets, experience levels, approaches to requirements gathering and team interaction styles. This will be done through interactive role play and retrospective discussion. This is specifically in the context of a single product with multiple Scrum teams and POs.

The audience for this session is ideally practising product owners, product managers, as well as managers tasked with finding ways to scale Scrum beyond single teams or products. ScrumMasters dealing with multiple Scrum teams or multiple product owners, whether in teams or individually, would also benefit.

 

13 and 14 September 2011 – Erinvale Hotel, Somerset West – book your tickets online now!

We also have dedicated tracks for the Scrum Master, Scrum Team Members (developers, analysts, testers etc) as well as  Management. More information to come in the next few days,  so please – stay tuned. Click here to view the detailed program.

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Gathering 2011 – The Buffalo Herd, for developers and testers

There is nothing quite as impressive as a herd of buffalo stampeding through the veld, nothing except a high performance Scrum team that is. This track, aptly named the Buffalo Herd is for the people who do the real work in Scrum: developers, architects, testers and other team members.

Not only will this track feature technical content and learning outcomes, but also provide insight into true Agile culture and principles, the cornerstone for any high performing Scrum team.

In Johannesburg, we look forward to the following:

Manoj Vadakkan

It’s the culture, Stupid! – Why Scrum is more than a few ceremonies, roles, & artifacts

Many organizations are attracted to Scrum because of its apparent simplicity and its potential to deliver results faster.  However, most don’t realize that there are cultural changes which are also required in order for Scrum to be successful.

Manoj postulates that Scrum as a movement will fail if we do not bring the cultural aspects to the forefront.  Attendees will participate in a dynamic discussion about the importance of the cultural aspects that are required for Scrum to flourish within an organization.

 

Kevin Trethewey

See code differently

Your environment and your own personal and professional life experience inform your view of what computer code is and should be. We will take a journey through some of the history of software code – how people have created and thought about it.

I will then describe to you how my experiences in Scrum and non-Scrumming environments has taught me how to think about code and the patterns that I have seen work (and fail).

Through this I hope to show how Scrum (and Agile teams in general) think differently about what code is – and hopefully inspire you to critically analyze the role code plays in your environment.

9 September 2011 – Sandton Convention Center – book your tickets online now!

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And in Cape Town, we are excited for the following:

Aslam Khan

Live your principles or stay in bed

We talk frequently of the values, principles and practices in software development. Most commonly in Scrum, are the references to extreme programming. I’ve been learning to be an extreme programmer for a long time, and it was really easy until I made the decision to not compromise on my principals, one at a time. This session is about taking software development principles, not matter where they came from, and applying them to designs, code and life as a developer.

What’s this got to do with Scrum? Everything. I see far too many teams compromise their way right from backlog grooming all the way through to the sprint-review, only to be snot-klapped a few sprints later. This session is not about magically exterminating all future snot-klaps, but how to deal with the snot and recover from the klap.

We will move between discussions, whiteboards and cracking open some code in an editor. My objective in this session is to challenge you and push you to make difficult discussions in your head and in your code.

As a side-effect, you will gain some insight into agile development too :-)

 

Fadi Stephan

Software Craftsmanship – Imperative or Hype

Some Agile teams fail to figure out or implement technical practices that are necessary for long term success. Software craftsmen believe that without these technical best practices, the quality of software goes downhill and teams can no longer sustain their high levels of productivity. They established the software craftsmanship movement to reverse this downhill trend, improve the quality of software and maintain hyper-productivity.

Fadi Stephan introduces software craftsmanship, reviews its history, and explores the driving forces that led practitioners to create this movement. Fadi describes the software craftsman’s ethics, disciplines, principles, and practices as he explores the latest arguments between advocates and opponents of software craftsmanship. Learn the values of the software craftsmanship manifesto. Understand the current state of software development. Discover new tools and forums available to developers for practicing and mastering their craft.

Leave with new insights on how to become a quality software developer.

 

13 and 14 September 2011 – Erinvale Hotel, Somerset West – book your tickets online now!

We also have dedicated tracks for the Product Owner, the Scrum Master and Management. More information to come in the next few days, so please – stay tuned. Click here to view the detailed program.

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South African Scrum Safari – Speakers Announced!

With only 6 weeks to go, we are excited to reveal some of the speakers that will be partaking! Mitch Lacey | Boris Gloger | Thorsten Kalnin | Sigi Kaltenecker | Fadi Stephan | Simon Bennett | Aslam Khan and more!

This year’s event will promise a great mix of content for Managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Scrum Team Members.

Mitch Lacey

Mitch Lacey is an Agile practitioner and trainer who has been managing projects for over twelve years with numerous plan-driven and Agile projects under his belt, including core enterprise services for Windows Live.

An author of numerous publications and a speaker at many Agile conferences, Mitch will be delivering the opening talks at both the Johannesburg and Cape Town events.

Mitch is also currently serving on the international Scrum Alliance Board of Directors.

Boris Gloger

Having trained 5,000 people in Scrum across four continents, Boris Gloger requires little introduction to the South African Scrum community. He has facilitated many certification courses in South Africa and also participated in last year’s event.

Scrum for Leaders (Keynote!)

This year, Boris will be our keynote speaker in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, addressing the important topic of Scrum for Leaders, and the changes that this brings to the organization.

Thorsten Oliver Kalnin

Thorsten is a certified StrategicPlay® facilitator based in Cologne Germany. Using LEGO® (yes, Lego!), he will guide you on an interactive journey of discovering creative solutions for retrospectives and work in general!

StrategicPlay – Creative Solutions – Accelerating Retrospectives (CT Only!)

Based on the LEGO Serious Play® kit, groups will be required to build a model of a product described by the facilitator, thus enabling metaphors for the core Scrum values and principles.

Prepare yourself for an exciting, fast-paced and very interactive learning experience. Serious fun!

Sigi Kaltenecker

Sigi Kaltenecker, based in Austria, is an organizational consultant with 15 years of experience in facilitating, training, and coaching. We are excited to have Sigi facilitate sessions specifically geared towards the management and leadership roles in the Scrum context.

The elephant is dead. Leadership in the agile world (JHB Only!)

In Johannesburg, Sigi will address critical questions facing the agile manager today. How best can the agile potential be fostered and developed? Which team efforts and management input would support this? What does an agile management culture comprise of? He will explore each of these factors in more detail, providing concrete examples, and invite you to share your experience, with a focus on the role of leadership in agile transitions.

The Big 5. Leadership as a team sport in the agile world (CT Only!)

In Cape Town, Sigi will focus on the metaphor of “Leadership as a Team Sport“, exploring in detail what is involved in implementing this approach. Understanding exactly what leadership is about in the agile world. What is needed to make it work, and how are PO’s, SM’s, team members, line managers and customers playing effectively together?

Fadi Stephan

“The Agile Journey Man!”, Fadi is a consultant with Washington DC-based Excella Consulting with experience as a product manager, project manager, software developer, and consultant. More recently, his focus has been on agile adoption and on transitioning, coaching, and mentoring teams in agile practices. He is founder of the DC Software Craftsmanship user group, a blogger at agilejourneyman.com, and a frequent speaker at agile user groups and conferences.

Daily Stand-up Anti-patterns and Heuristics (JHB Only!)

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.

Software Craftsmanship – Imperative or Hype (CT Only!)

Some agile teams fail to figure out or implement technical practices that are necessary for long term success. Software craftsmen believe that without these technical best practices, the quality of software goes downhill and teams can no longer sustain their high levels of productivity. They established the software craftsmanship movement to reverse this downhill trend, improve the quality of software and maintain hyper-productivity. Fadi introduces software craftsmanship, reviews its history, and explores the driving forces that led practitioners to create this movement. Leave with new insights on how to become a quality software developer.

Simon Bennett

Simon has been delivering software projects ranging from multiple million dollar simulator programmes through to hosted web applications across Australia, Asia, the middle east, USA and Europe. For the last 12+ years, he has been focused on delivering solutions using Agile and Lean principles and methods.

Beyond Kano: Using the Cynefin Framework for Backlog Management (CT Only!)

In Cape Town, Simon will explore the fascinating topic of the Cynefin framework for prioritising. Although Scrum is a great tool for managing complex product development, not every single part of your product or project is actually in itself complex. Cynefin gives us a framework, against which we can zoom in on which parts of our backlog require the most attention, as well as providing a mechanism for gaining stakeholder buy-in and team socialisation. Come learn a new tool to put in your Product Owner’s backpack.

Lean vs Agile – Stop Fighting Starting Delivering: Reloaded

Simon discusses the hot topic of Scrum vs. Kanban. First presented in 2008 in Stockholm and now re-written and updated to reflect the recent rise in interest in Kanban. This presentation aims to show that Lean and Agile are not alternate canons, but are rather two sides of the same coin, and differ mainly in their approach to adoption, rather than their end states. He feels that the zealotry that exists in both the Scrum and Kanban camps does more harm than good. If you’re more interested in results than buzzwords, then this is the session for you.

Aslam Khan

Aslam Khan is a software developer at factor10 with more than 20 years experience. He has a particular passion for tackling complex problems and with the belief that simplicity is a choice that generates creativity. He is pragmatist that considers the only truthful implementation of an architecture is the code that gets executed. Aslam spends his time trying to be a better developer and helping others to do the same. Most of the time you will find him turning regular Scrum people into Scrum hippies.

Live your principles or stay in bed (CT Only!)

We talk frequently of the values, principles and practices in software development. Most commonly in Scrum, are the references to extreme programming. I’ve been learning to be an extreme programmer for a long time, and it was really easy until I made the decision to not compromise on my principals, one at a time. This session is about taking software development principles, not matter where they came from, and applying them to designs, code and life as a developer.

What’s this got to do with Scrum? Everything. I see far too many teams compromise their way right from backlog grooming all the way through to the sprint-review, only to be snot-klapped a few sprints later. This session is not about magically exterminating all future snot-klaps, but how to deal with the snot and recover from the klap.

We will move between discussions, whiteboards and cracking open some code in an editor. My objective in this session is to challenge you and push you to make difficult discussions in your head and in your code.

As a side-effect, you will gain some insight into agile development too :-)

Product Owner (JHB Only!)

While Scrum brings about fundamental change, it also an excuse to continue working ineffectively but under the disguise of a new vocabulary. This is most frequently seen in the area of product ownership. For a long time I have been wary of the way product ownership is “taught”, and the way it is executed in teams. I think the fundamental tension of product ownership is not being addressed. In this session I will take an extremely deep view of product ownership, not as an individual doing a job, but as a collective of thought leadership for exceptional product development.

While this sounds all too theoretical, we will look at concrete things that can be tried to get better at product development. For example, being able to detect the waterfall cascading in your scrum implementation, or dealing with non-scrum stakeholders for reporting and communication, how to stop being story factories, and getting the development team to be developers instead of code factories.

Cara Turner

Cara is an Agile-passionate Scrum Master, and takes the Prime Directive to heart through all the ups and downs of software development. She believe that, given the right circumstances, all teams are capable of creating the best software there is – but getting to those right circumstances is the challenge facing most organizations. She admits that facilitation has become a vital tool in her kit for harnessing the knowledge of those closest to the work, to direct their own meaningful change.

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.

 Samantha Laing

A Cape Town based certified Scrum Master, Samantha is passionate about enabling development teams to reach their full potential and strives to make the entire process from business vision to development less frustrating and more rewarding. What makes companies and projects successful? “People”, she says – with a strong belief that everyone should enjoy and love what they do :)

Agile Games

Agile is about more than processes and tools. It’s about individuals and interactions, and there is no better way to experience this that by participating in agile games. Get ready for 90 minutes of high energy and interaction. You’ll be sure to have new friends at the end of this one!

Andrew Coote

Andrew has over 10 years experience as a developer, project manager and Scrum Master in various industries, including Microsoft EMEA in Reading, UK. He is also an accomplished Jazz trumpet player, who has toured with Mango Groove, Johnny Clegg, Natalie Cole and many others. How is that relevant you’re asking? Read below!

Agile Jazz

Using a live performance of a four-piece Jazz ensemble as a reference and demonstration, Andrew will present Jazz as a metaphor for Agile teamwork and the evolution of processes. We work through a cycle emphasising the following common attributes between Jazz and Agile teamwork: Skills, Self Management, Specialisation, Collaboration, Adaptivity, Innovation, Improvisation, Risk Taking, Supporting, Delivering Value, Sustaining Pace, and Passionate Commitment. This is a light, entertaining session that is highly memorable as a metaphor for teamwork.

Maritza van den Heuvel

Product Owner. Wife, Mother, Blogger, Kanban, Problem-Solver, and above all, learning organizations. In short, a Connectivist!

Can PO teams solve the PO problem? (CT Only!)

The Product Owner role is considered by many to be the key role that determines the ultimate success of a Scrum team. Ironically, the PO can also be your team’s single biggest impediment, since the role requires a unique, wide-ranging skill set and requires the PO to be actively involved at many levels within the business and with the team.

This session explores the feasibility of creating PO teams to address this challenge, examining specifically the process dynamics in a team of PO’s with often widely different skill sets, experience levels, approaches to requirements gathering and team interaction styles.

We’re busy finalising some arrangements with a number of other great speakers, and we hope to have them confirmed shortly. Check back soon!