Give Thanks For Scrum 2017


Daniel Mezick’s Leadership Scrum

Yuval Yeret on Scrum 4 Marketing

Joe Justice on Scrum@Scale for Hardware

David West on “Managing Software Delivery in the Super Nova”

Jeff Sutherland on “Scrum Outside of Software”


Join us on Tuesday November 21, 2017 in Boston Massachusetts for Agile Boston’s 9th 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 Boston tradition! Register now and get Jeff Sutherland, David West and other Scrum experts 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.



The world of Scrum is constantly progressing and Scrum is now being applied way beyond software. Scrum is beginning to touch every aspect of the business. 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 Scrum Beyond Software.

Way back in 2009, the Scrum Alliance arranged a Scrum Gathering in Phoenix with this very theme. But 2009 was not quite ready for Scrum Beyond Software. Times have changed. It is now more than eight years later, and the time has come. Scrum Beyond Software is emerging as a reality worldwide as this year’s theme explores this new and dynamic reality.


The new Version of the Scrum Guide is a MAJOR aspect of this event!! Get the full story on the “why” behind the changes to the Scrum Guide at the NINTH ANNUAL GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM.


A major dimension of this year’s event is around the new SCRUM GUIDE that was released November 07. GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM is the place where you can receive a copy of the new Scrum Guide and also get your most pressing questions answered by one of the authors of THE SCRUM GUIDE, Jeff Sutherland!

Scrum, and the new version of the Scrum Guide: born in Boston !!



The 9th Annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event: Boston MA 11/21/2017


Scrum has escaped the confines of software and software scaling. Scrum is now impacting how businesses organize and operate worldwide. Every session at this event and will address a specific dimension of this wider business-agility trend, and the undeniable impact Scrum is having on business culture and operations: Scrum, *beyond* software.


0845 Doors Open

0930 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Daniel Mezick, Coach at New Technology Solutions Inc (15 mins)

0945 Jeff Sutherland’s Reflections on Scrum, 2017: SCRUM BEYOND SOFTWARE

1015 Whole Group Exercise (10-15 minutes)

1030 ASK THEM ANYTHING: PART 1. The Authorities on SCRUM BEYOND SOFTWARE: Jeff Sutherland, Dave West, Joe Justice

1105 BREAK 15 minutes

1120 ASK THEM ANYTHING: PART 2. SCRUM BEYOND SOFTWARE: Jeff Sutherland, Dave West, Joe Justice

1155 BREAK 15 minutes

1210 Stacia Heimgartner: Scrum Beyond Software: Introducing ENTERPRISE SCRUM (25 minutes)

1240 LUNCH with LIVE MUSIC (60 minutes)

0140 Daniel Mezick: Leadership Work with a New Scrum Derivative: LEADERSHIP SCRUM (25 minutes)

0210 Yuval Yeret: Organizing Agile Marketing With Scrum (25 minutes)

0235 BREAK 15 minutes

0255 Joe Justice: Lessons from WikiSpeed: Scrum WAY Beyond Software (25 mins)

0325 Dave West, Chief Product Owner, Scrum.Org (30 minutes)

0355 Pictures, Raffle and Concluding Remarks

0410 Beer and Wine Social with Raffle with LIVE MUSIC (Raffle continues!)

0500 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.


Scrum at Scale: The Path to Agile  

Recent informal polling of thousands of Scrum practitioners in the U.S. and Europe indicate that 66% of organizations are at the beginning stage of scaling Scrum. The biggest challenge to advancement, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, is management being locked in a Waterfall mindset, assuming that agility only applies to developers. In order to achieve the radical improvements in productivity possible with Scrum, management must change their strategy, goals, and incentive programs. This is the path to business agility.



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.


“Living in the super nova – why Scrum is the one constant in the world of change.”



Joe Justice works globally as an interim executive for Scrum in Hardware, bringing multinational companies twice the work in half the time. His teams have held 3 world records. He is a TEDx speaker, guest lecturer at both MIT and Oxford University in England, featured in Forbes 5 times to date including as owner of a “Company to watch” by Forbes Billionaire Club, cited in more than 5 business paperbacks and hardcovers, the subject of a Discovery Channel mini-documentary for his work creating the discipline Scrum in Hardware while working directly with the co-creator of Scrum, Dr. Jeff Sutherland.



Teaching Scrum for over 12 years, Stacia Heimgartner is a noted authority on Scrum. She is a Business Agility Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) & Coach, and an author of The Professional ScrumMaster’s Handbook.  Stacia was one of the very first Certified Scrum Trainers in the USA, taught by Ken Schwaber himself.



Stacia will introduce ENTERPRISE SCRUM, created by Agile Manifesto co-author Mike Beedle.  ENTERPRISE SCRUM is a new and important Scrum derivative that is designed to facilitate business-agility across all functional departments such as Marketing, Sales, Human Resources and Finance.



YUVAL YERET is an Agile/Scrum/SAFe/Kanban Coach/Trainer at AgileSparks. He’s recently been helping marketing organizations improve their agility and performance in the digital age using Agile principles and practices. He’s a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) & SAFe Trainer (SPCT). He lives in the Boston area.


Scrum in Marketing

What does Scrum in Marketing look like? Why are more and more marketers using Scrum? How is it different than Scrum in software development? What are some challenges that marketers are facing when using Scrum – Are those Scrum deficiencies? Does Scrum mean giving up on the marketer artsy creative spirit? Where/how to start? This talk is based on Yuval’s work with real-world marketing teams/organizations.



The author of THE CULTURE GAME and THE OPENSPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK,Daniel Mezick has been teaching executives and teams Scrum since 2006. He’s a Certified Enterprise Scrum Trainer, the developer of OpenSpace Agility, and an expert on extending Agile and Scrum culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how.  At this year’s event Daniel will introduce LEADERSHIP SCRUM, designed or leadership teams and based on the open-source Scrum Guide from Jeff and Ken.



LEADERSHIP SCRUM contains everything C-level teams need to execute and demonstrate leadership work with Scrum. You exit this conference with the LEADERSHIP SCRUM Reference Definition and guidance on how to use it to make your Agile Transformation a reality.





Naseem Alatrash is a creative and accomplished classically trained musician and improviser of diverse styles of cello performance. Naseem was awarded a full presidential scholarship to attend Boston’s own Berklee College of Music, where he studied with multiple Grammy winning pianist and cellist. Naseem has been featured in several global music festivals, performed in some of the most famous venues including The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Lincoln Theater and The Royal Albert Hall and has performed alongside many famous musicians including Roger Waters from Pink Floyd!



This event will sell out. We have sold over 85% of the tickets available as of 11/1/2017. Tickets are modestly priced. Purchase your  TICKETS now!


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