Give Thanks For Scrum 2020 (Virtual)


Join us on Tuesday November 24, 2020 virtually for Agile Boston’s 12th Annual Give Thanks For Scrum event.

That’s right … for 2020, the GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM is GOING GLOBAL….over Zoom !!

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 hear talks from Jeff Sutherland, David West, Daniel Mezick and many more!


The Spirit of Scrum!

Written rules might give concrete guidance for how to work together, but spirit is part of culture that guides interactions and may be discerned only when ignored or violated.

Scrum is a lightweight process framework which is simple to understand but difficult to master. The Scrum Guide describes itself as being the “Definitive Rules of the Game”.  Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, the co-creators of Scrum, have been discussing for some time the need to explain how to play the game of Scrum well without being prescriptive. The Scrum Guide focuses on what Scrum is, but real success comes from the way you practically implement Scrum.  We call this implementation the The Spirit of Scrum.  

It’s easy to assume that Scrum requires only simple changes in work practices, while missing its core spirit.  This Core Spirit is part of the culture, and culture plays out in habits, and changing habits is very difficult.  For example, moving away from command and control, and towards autonomous, self-organizing teams with not hierarchy.  A new culture can only emerge when people become that new culture; a culture where the spirit will be inherent in the ways of working and interacting with each other.

In Scrum there are clear rules for the game; however it is essential that the spirit is a guide for the people using these rules.


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The Sprint of Scrum

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.

Dave West -


The future of Agility as Scrum turns 25 and the
Impact of Covid-19

The year 2020 has demonstrated the need for governments, organizations, teams, and
people to be more agile. COVID-19 and the associated economic, social, and
environmental impact have turned many well-built plans into messy wish lists and
impossible targets. Agile has become not just a competitive nice to have, but a
foundational requirement for success. But what is this agile? Is this the same agile as
Scrum defined 25 years ago? Or is it some new agile that embraces everyone? In this
talk, Dave West, CEO of talks about the lessons we have learned from
Scrum and how they will provide a foundation for the future of work. He will discuss how
Lean Startup, Design Thinking coupled with a people-centric approach to the
organizational structure will when aligned to the right customers and outcomes drive to
a more agile and responsive organization.

Dave West is the Product Owner and CEO at He is a frequent keynote speaker and is a widely published author of articles. He also is the co-author of two books, The Nexus Framework For Scaling Scrum and Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He 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 he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture.

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The game of Scrum has changed: suddenly and without warning, effective video communication IS NOW A KEY AND ESSENTIAL SCRUM SKILL.
Communicating with Scrum teammates, stakeholders…executives…all of a sudden, you have new opportunities and advantages. Once you figure it out, you have new SUPERPOWERS. It does not matter what height you are, for example. That no longer matters. Or if you speak softly. That is now AN ADVANTAGE.
In this session, Daniel Mezick teaches from his course HOW TO TEACH, MANAGE AND LEAD ONLINE. You’ll gain all-new skills at video communications, skills that give you an unbeatable advantage when communicating with Executives, Stakeholders, Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Team members….over video. You’ll learn what to do, and WHAT  NOT TO DO. You’ll learn why TOOLS DON’T MATTER if you do not first effectively CONNECT with the others. Attend this session to learn new video-communication superpowers, as you bring your full self to work each day, with your Scrum teams, over online video.

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™.


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Patricia Kong

When to pivot and when to progress. How organizations can manage value with Evidence-Based Management

More than ever, organizations must be focused on their investments and efforts. We cannot expect that tomorrow will be like today. With all of our assumptions called into question, the ability for organizations to be agile is what will help them pivot and sustain. To achieve true business agility, organizations must not only grow and support self-reliant, cross-functional, self-organizing teams, they must also change the way their organizations oversee their agile initiatives. They must believe in feedback and allow that feedback to work.

In this interactive session, Patricia will dive deeper into the Evidence-Based Management (EBM) framework and the 4 EBM Key Value Areas of Current Value, Unrealized Value, Time to Market and Ability to Innovate and their supporting Key Value Measures with attendees through a series of exercises.  She’ll also go through how EBM has evolved and the intention behind the recent updates to the EBM Guide around seeking goals and continuous improvement.

Patricia Kong is co-author of “The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum” published by Pearson. She is also a public speaker and mentor. Patricia is the Product Owner of the enterprise solutions and leadership program which focuses on helping organizations thrive in a complex world. She also created and launched the Partners in Principle Program.

Patricia is a people advocate and fascinated by organizational behavior and misbehaviors. She emerged through the financial services industry and has led product development, product management and marketing for several early stage companies in the US and Europe. At Forrester Research, Patricia worked with their largest clients focusing on business development and delivery engagements. Patricia lived in France and now lives in her hometown of Boston. Patricia is fluent in 4 languages.

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Yuval Yuret

Using the Scrum Spirit to Sprint a CPG (Consumer Products/Goods) holistic product development process

Yuval will share how a world-famous CPG born and based in Boston is using Scrum to dramatically overhaul their product research and development processes. What’s unique here is that Scrum is used to figure out the holistic proposition including the concept, claims, product design, branding, financials, packaging, shelf appearance and more. Scrum’s empiricism has already helped accelerate learning and convergence in a strategic program comprised of multiple Scrum teams. Now the challenge is how to anchor this new spirit in the organization’s operating system and culture. Being pragmatic while staying true to the Scrum Spirit has been hard but was, is and will continue to be a key success factor in this journey.

Yuval Yuret is a Professional Trainer (PST) and a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT5) at AgileSparks. He’s an internationally recognized Kanban thought leader, a co-author of the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams and the co-creator and steward for the Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) class. He received the Lean/Kanban Brickell Key Award, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He hails from Israel and is currently based in the Boston area.

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Doug Kirkpatrick

The Scrum Team Canvas

The Scrum Guide says:
Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. Self-organizing teams choose how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team.

A team is a collection of Individuals whose interactions can be messy. Everyone sees the world through a unique intersubjective lens, which can create challenges for scrum team productivity. Clarity and accountability around many elements beyond the “definition of done” are crucial to self-organized scrum team success. In this session, you will learn with a canvas that surfaces the major elements of intersubjective thought and behavior and creates a foundation for accountability conversations based on commitments. Participants will learn how to rapidly iterate the “rules of engagement” for working together productively and avoiding the pitfalls of intersubjectivity by defining how they will work together while optimizing accountability and feedback delivery and minimizing or eliminating dependencies.

Doug Kirkpatrick is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, author, and educator. He recently released his third book, The No-Limits Enterprise: Organizational Self-Management in the New World of Work with Forbes Books, and is a partner in NuFocus Strategic Group, an international consulting firm helping companies embrace the future of work. A member of the Forbes Speakers network, he has served as a director on a number of boards including the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world’s largest talent development association with 35,000+ members in 120 countries, and the Leadership Institute for Development, Education and Research (LiDER) to develop leaders throughout the Americas.

Doug began his career in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller. He now engages with Open Leadership Network, HumanCentric Labs, Great Work Cultures, Center for Innovative Cultures, Responsive and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management. His previous books include Amazon bestsellers Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization and From Hierarchy to High Performance: Unleashing the Hidden Superpowers of Ordinary People to Realize Extraordinary Results.

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Stuart Turner

Designing Game-Changing Games

The Scrum Guide defines the ‘rules of the game’ of Scrum. 

Rugby scrums are games within the larger game of rugby. When you use Scrum, you’re also playing a game within a larger game. The values, rules, rewards, boundaries and feedback of the enclosing game tend to have a significant influence on what you can achieve using Scrum. 

We’ll use the traits of games to understand your experiences using Scrum, including:

  • Clarity about the Authority and Rights of the Scrum Team
  • Working within constraints such as cost, deadlines, defined scope, etc.
  • Definition of Done

We’ll go on to explore some patterns of good games and some of the common problems experienced due to poorly designed or implemented games. 

Finally, we’ll learn about designing game-changing games for:

  • Improving facilitation
  • Living according to our desired values
  • Avoiding triggering resistance
  • Benefits beyond the Product

Stuart Turner holds all of the Scrum Alliance’s guide-level credentials including Certified Agile Leadership Educator, Certified Scrum Trainer, and Certified Enterprise Coach. Thriving workplaces are Stuart’s passion. Being much more financially successful, they will be our future. Stuart’s merely helping those who want to achieve it sooner.

Having initiated radical transformation from within two organisations and having coached and mentored people at all levels in many more, Stuart has a wealth of experience of both personal and organisational transformation.

Over the past 20 years he has observed the patterns and trends of organisations attempts at agile/digital transformations and now devotes most of his time to educating and coaching holistic approaches to change, both at an organisation-wide level and with the complementary agile leadership skills for individuals.

Stuart is a keynote speaker, a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation, founder of the Agile Singapore Conference, and a member of Link: LinkedIn

Jon Jorgensen

We Develop NOT-Software with Scrum

What does an Executive Team’s foray into Scrum look like?  You might be surprised.  People who develop an organizational model, not software products, have leveraged Scrum to achieve greater outcomes.  And they ran up against all the challenges any other Scrum Teams have.

Facing the formidable, pervasive challenges that arise in organizations is how extraordinary people distinguish themselves and their outcomes from the ordinary, unsatisfying, error-prone, easily disrupted alternative ways of working.

There are practices, approaches, tools and structures for fulfillment which have been time-tested, available and hiding in plain sight for decades and could really make a difference for you.  Rockers of boats, and makers of waves find new ways to getting it ‘Done’ by borrowing from this rich array of practices, or re-inventing them fit-for-purpose.

If you’re not incredulous by now, you should be. Take a stand for yourself and your team.  Come to the session and pose your tough questions to people in the trenches creating networks of interacting function inside organizational charts resembling pyramids (Did you expect to find mummies?) Or choose not to attend due to a severe case of turkey coma.

All participants will do an activity where everyone re-imagines their work system in a new way wherein trust comes alive for everyone and value emerges early and often.