Patterns over Practices: The Spirit of Scrum!


When: Wednesday July 31, 2019  6:30-8:30 PM Est

Where: Scrum.Org HQ, 131 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington MA 01803




Scrum is a game as stated on the cover of the Scrum Guide: "The Definitive Guide to Scrum: The Rules of the Game".

But does simply following the rules of the game guarantee that you play the game well?

To play any game well, you must understand the rules for sure, but you also must have the necessary skills, experience and strategy.

There’s a new trend underway. It is the move away from rules & practices … and towards PATTERNS. A Pattern is informed by core principles, and in turn the Pattern informs specific practices. Patterns are now a VERY BIG DEAL. Get the patterns right, and the practices take care of themselves. But focusing on practices alone can get you into trouble!

In this presentation, we will introduce you to several Scrum Patterns that are part of a new book titled "A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game" by Jeff Sutherland and James Coplien.  This book presents a new perspective on Scrum; that Scrum is a framework that enables the execution of patterns that address specific impediments to achieving the results that Scrum promises.

Patterns discussed will include:

  • The interrupt pattern
  • Small & Stable team pattern
  • High Value First pattern

And several more!

As Jeff Sutherland has recently stated: "The spirit of Scrum is to eliminate impediments that block productivity or the ability of the team to perform, including anything that negatively impacts the happiness of the team. The spirit of Scrum is to put the customer first, to delight them, to deliver amazing products that change their lives at a low enough cost that anyone can have them. The Spirit of Scrum is to improve organizational performance so that jobs are created, leadership is developed, and investors are rewarded. Anything not in this spirit which people call "Scrum" is a travesty."


6:30 - Patterns over Practices Introduction
7:00 - Food & Networking
7:25 - Scrum Patterns Keynote presentation
8:25 - Final announcements
8:30 - Done!



Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an authorized ScrumAtScale Trainer, an expert on business agility, and an author of three books on organizational change. A frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, Daniels first book on business agility was published in 2012. THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. In 2014 he built upon those patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OSA 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 , published in 2015 with several co-authors.  In 2018 Daniel co-authored INVITING LEADERSHIP: Invitation-Based Change in the New World or Work™. Upon publication, this book reached #1 on the Amazon bestseller list in the Organizational Learning category. You can learn more and contact him at

JOSEPH DeANGELIS is an Enterprise Agile and Executive Coach, Business Agility Consultant and currently a Transformation Lead at Nuance Communications. Joseph has been coaching teams and executives for several years in various sectors including Software Development, Hardware, Insurance and Financial.  Joseph is passionate about utilizing the game of Scrum, the Spirit of Scrum, and Scrum @ Scale to help organizations achieve true Business Agility that delivers amazing products that delight customers, improves employee happiness, develops leaders and rewards investors.