Keynote Speaking

An important component of our product and service portfolio is the suite of presentations that we offer for different constituencies at different stages in their Agile journey. These presentations are outlined below; each can be tailored to run 1-1½ hours in length.

What Comes Before Scrum: Prerequisites to Scrum Success

What elements need to be in place in order to execute a successful product development effort using Scrum?

Much has been written and discussed about how to implement, practice, and evolve Scrum. However, what comes before the first sprint? What elements need to be in place in order to execute a successful product development effort using the framework?

This presentation explores when Scrum is not a good fit, techniques to analyze an organization’s readiness to use Scrum, how to select the right team members for a Scrum Team, how to ensure that you are building the right product and how to recover from your Scrum failure.

Presented by Mike Stuedemann

So, You’re a ScrumMaster, Now What?

Congratulations on becoming a ScrumMaster! Wait, what’s that really mean?

So you’ve completed a two-day certification class or may have just been appointed “ScrumMaster”. While this role is casually seen as someone who just facilitates a daily meeting, to be successful in the role requires much more including ongoing, life-long learning.

This presentation examines these critical success factors and helps attendees identify ways that they can continue their development as ScrumMaster while helping the teams that they serve deliver additional value.

Presented by Mike Stuedemann

5 Shifts that Project Managers Must Make in an Agile World

The role of “Project Manager” is conspicuously absent in Agile frameworks, like Scrum. While the role goes away, the fate of the functions traditionally performed by a Project Manager varies. Some of those functions morph in the way they are done and by whom, some are replaced, and some go away altogether.

This presentation takes a close look at how the adoption of Scrum, or any of the Agile frameworks, impacts the traditional roles of a Project Manager and a Project Management Office (PMO).

Presented by Mike Stuedemann

Technical Anthropologist: The Larger Role of a Business Analyst in an Agile World

While there is no role titled, “Business Analyst” in Scrum or any of the Agile frameworks, the work of a Business Analyst does not go away. To the contrary, it grows and becomes even more important. In fact, in those organizations that are considered leaders in the Agile community, the role has grown to one that is commonly referred to as “Technical Anthropologist.”

This presentation takes a look at how the traditional role of Business Analyst changes and grows more important in an Agile environment.

Presented by Mike Stuedemann

I’m Not Sure that Word Means What You Think It Means: Talking to Business People About Agile

Agile, like any movement, has its own lexicon – a set of words that are used within the community and help define it. Unfortunately, as the Agile movement has grown, these words have been distorted, changed and lost their original meaning.

During this session, these words and their original meaning will be examined from a business perspective. Participants leave with the ability to accurately define and use these terms in a way that engages the business in its search for value.

Presented by Mike Stuedemann

Organizational Agility: What It Looks Like & the Dark Art of Creating It

As organizations begin to realize the benefits and value of the Agile Philosophy, particularly in their product development processes, the next step in their journey is to take Agility to the organizational level—to cultivate Agility in the organization’s leadership, management and operations.

This presentation defines “Organizational Agility,” describes what it looks like, and introduces the fundamentals of creating it.

Presented by Jim Ruprecht

Agile Struggles and Failures: How Our Leaders Disappoint Us

The most common reason for Agile adoptions struggling and failing is not any problem with the form, fit or function of Scrum or one of the other Agile frameworks. It is leadership’s failure to condition the environment. It’s like planting banana trees in the arctic and wondering why the crop isn’t coming in.

This presentation shines a light on the most common sins of leadership committed by the very management teams that launched their organization’s journey to adopt Scrum or any of the other Agile frameworks.

Presented by Jim Ruprecht & Mike Stuedemann