Give Thanks For Scrum 2018

Give Thanks For Scrum


Join us on Tuesday November 20, 2018 in Burlington Massachusetts for Agile Boston’s 10th Annual Give Thanks For Scrum event.

You may not know that Scrum was born in Boston and thus its very appropriate that Give Thanks For Scrum has become a true Agile Boston tradition!  Register now and get Jeff Sutherland, David West, and Daniel Mezick for the WHOLE DAY, where they will give individual presentations and then join forces to answer your toughest Scrum questions in a special afternoon Q&A session.



Business Agility is the ability of an organization to adapt to new conditions and to rapidly respond to the market, customer or changing environment.  But the business cannot be agile with a piecemeal approach to agility.  Instead, the Agile transformation must occur holistically across the value stream for true Business Agility to be achieved.  Its only by establishing a true dynamic network of autonomous teams that own the delivery of value, supported by the environment and culture around them, and guided and inspired by a strong vision and strategy, will companies succeed.

Scrum is an integral part of this holistic transformation since the application of Scrum has progressed way beyond software and now touches every aspect of the business from IT, to Finance, HR and even Marketing. The term “Business Agility” is now a phrase that is in common use. New frameworks and new forms of Scrum are addressing this reality now, throughout the world.

At this year’s Give Thanks for Scrum event, we explore Business Agility and how Scrum can help companies achieve it!


Microsoft Technology Center
5 Wayside Road
Burlington, MA 01803


Early Bird tickets gone but discounted tickets are still on sale now, so hurry and get your discounted tickets HERE!


0845 Doors Open

0930 Welcome and Opening Remarks by Daniel Mezick  (15 minutes)

0945  Dave West Keynote: “The Two Things You Need for Business Agility” (45 minutes)

1030 BREAK (15 minutes)

1045 Break Out Workshops (90 minutes)

1215 LUNCH (60 minutes)

0115 Daniel Mezick on Inviting Leadership (30 minutes)

0145 Jeff Sutherland Keynote: “Linear Scalability of Teams”  (45 minutes)

0230 ASK THEM ANYTHING: PART 1. The Authorities on BUSINESS AGILITY: Jeff Sutherland, Dave West, Daniel Mezick

0305 BREAK 15 minutes

0320 ASK THEM ANYTHING: PART 2. BUSINESS AGILITY: Jeff Sutherland, Dave West, Daniel Mezick

0355 Pictures, Raffle and Concluding Remarks

0400 DONE




Jeff Sutherland

JEFF SUTHERLAND is one of the inventors of the Scrum software development process. Together with Ken Schwaber, he created Scrum as a formal process at OOPSLA ’95.  Jeff helped to write the Agile Manifesto in 2001 and is a co-author (along with Ken Schwaber) of The Scrum Guide.  Jeff has also founded Scrum Inc, a leading authority on Scrum that has provided training, consulting, and counsel to hundreds of companies and individuals.

The title of Jeff Sutherland’s keynote presentation is “Linear Scalability of Teams: The Holy Grail of Agile Project Management“. Jeff will describe the history of how Scrum was used by himself and Ken Schwaber across many companies leading up to a linearly scalable global project in 2007. Since then recent experience with Saab, Toyota, 3M, GE, transportation and oil companies, and other domains will be described and a codification of these experiences into a systematic way of deploying Scrum across domains, across organizations, and across the globe will be shared. The essentials for developing a “scale-free” organization architecture will be emphasized based on input from the Agile leaders of the largest known Scrum implementations at Intel and SAP.


Dave West -

DAVID WEST is the product owner at  David is a frequent keynote speaker and is a widely published author of articles, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design.  David led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and then worked with Ivar Jacobson running the North American business for IJI. Then managed the software delivery practice at Forrester research where he was VP and research director.  Prior to joining David was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture.

The Title of David’s keynote presentation is “The Two Things You Need for Business Agility“.   In this talk Dave West, CEO and Product Owner from describes how the foundation of an agile business is great teams and the right measures. He will detail how many organizations use Scrum as the foundation to build great teams adding Evidence Based Measurement to provide value-based feedback for adaption. The session will provide many examples that describe how leading organizations are adopting this approach, the challenges and the adoption patterns.


Daniel Mezick

Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. A  frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, Adobe, CIGNA, Pitney Bowes, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises. His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012.  THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. THE CULTURE GAME describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that. In 2014 he built upon THE CULTURE GAME patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OpenSpace Agility is a flexible template and engagement model for enabling lasting change in your organization. Daniel is the primary author of the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK . Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting. You can learn more and contact him at