Welcome to the 2011 Scrum Coaching Retreat Website. Use this network to find and connect with other coaches attending the conference, set up meetings, present topics for discussion, etc.
As this was the first of its kind, we would appreciate learning as much as possible about what worked, what didn't work, what could be improved, etc. We have created a short survey for you to fill out so we can gather this feedback. Please fill out the survey by next Wednesday, December 21: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dERmcDZGVG5VMURzNmxlSjJvRTlZamc6MQ We are also beginning preparations for how we will be carrying this fo... [read more]
If you want to find the results of the retreat, please visit the Scrum Coach Retreat Wiki at http://scrumcoachretreat.com
Is there a continuation of the energy from the conference? Will you be writing a blog post about your learning / ah-ha moments/ connections - if so I'd love to read them. Care to post a link here back to your blogs - please. I'm a big fan of RSS feeds and read many Agile blogs - I'd love to include yours in my reading list. So in hopes that you are still reading this - I'll start. My blog is: Agile Complexification Inverter http://agilecomplexifi... [read more]
My wife finished her SM training today; we have a new SM in the house! Woo woo woo! Based on our 45 min conversation, I believe that she may not think I am crazy anymore [WRT to Scrum anyways].
Great participation and interaction! Look forward to seeing you all online and at other events. Blessings to all. -Daniel
By making our sessions fun do we make our sessions more productive?
Something like a coaching dojo. I have some failures I would love to get your perspective on!
Fantastic start to the conference last night! I am encouraged by how passionate everyone is about helping individuals and organizations. I think many great things will emerge through this organic format that we are using. I am very interested in "elevating my coaching", as Jim York put it, through this intimate retreat. Great job so far, everyone! -Daniel
Hello Pete - I would like to sign up for the Thursday night activity. What is the best way to do this?
I was really looking forward to attending the retreat and meeting you all, but unfortunately, need to cancel. Does anyone know someone locally in / around Boulder who might be interested? Thanks in advance for your help! Ravi.
WEDNESDAY, DEC 7th @ 4:30PM REGISTRATION - 5:30 DINNER & KICKOFF We are 1 week away from the start of the Scrum Coaching Retreat. Registration opens at 4:30PM on Wednesday, December 7. We will have a buffet dinner for you at 5:30 to enjoy, but more importantly, that will be the kickoff in forming our teams and backlogs for the retreat - so please don't miss this first evening! Plan on staying until 10PM on Wednesday evening. THURSDAY, DEC 8th - E... [read more]
I see that each proposed topic is limited to 10 people. Why is that? I understand that it's hard to collaborate in a large group. If a topic draws more than 10 and the topic is large enough to split, could we self-organize into smaller groups?
To what extent do you find that cultural differences play into the participation of team members on a Scrum team? Some cultures are reluctant to challenge the leader on technical or estimation items, resulting in over commitment to story points. Retrospective discussion gets agreement on "doing better" next time. Comments?
Coaching Retreat Participants, A key component of the retreat will be forming teams focusing on topics/goals which require depth to drill into and to exit the retreat with tangible "product" take aways. In order to take most advantage of our retreat time, we are identifying, discussing, voting, and pre-signing up for these goals. These goals are in the Goals-Agenda tab. You will also find the rest of the schedule for the retreat including the ope... [read more]
In just three weeks, we will be gathering for the Scrum Coach Retreat - starting on the evening of Wednesday, December 7th at 5:30. Registration will open at 4:30. Dinner will be served this first evening as we gather to form our teams and retreat focus. As a reminder in how we are running this retreat - differently than any other conference or gathering. Our goal is to form teams around shared goals. These teams will form on Wednesday evening an... [read more]
In case anyone else is confused on where the proposals are being made under the Goals-Agenda tab, it looks like we're putting the proposals under the 'July 1' date section.
A topic I'm interested in is managing a portfolio of projects/initiatives using agile/scrum principles. This is a big struggle for many large companies. How do you coach organizations on the importance of this and the lean/agile principles that guide it? Even once you have buy-in for the principles, what are some tools and techniques for managing the portfolio?
One of the topics I am interested in is organizational agility assessments. This is a topic we started to discuss in Amsterdam and only had an hour or so to work through. I am hopping that one of our deep dive teams will take this one on to work through and create a killer assessment framework that all coaches can use.
The Coaching Retreat is now SOLD OUT! We had over 20 people also looking to join the retreat beyond our limit of 75 coaches. We chose not to increase the retreat size for a couple of reasons: 1. Our collaboration space would be compromised by removing one of our team rooms to open up our large gathering space - thus reducing focus area for teams to work. 2. We wanted to make sure we have a manageable size for this first attempt at a new collabora... [read more]
In large agile coaching engagements once agile has reached critical mass, I am often asked to propose ideas for re-organization. There are roles like development managers that if they don't become Scrum Masters or move to something else in the organization, they are left hanging. Depending of the structure before becoming agile, often there are blatant inefficiencies that agile exposes and executives finally agree to address. The topic I am propo... [read more]
The current retreat price set at $350 and $450 for Scrum Alliance members and non-members respectively will be increasing by $150 by Friday, October 7th. The price will be $500 and $600 after that date. If you haven't already done so, please register through the RegOnline link on the registration tab.
I am excited to announce that we have chosen two pre-retreat workshops to align with the Scrum Coach Retreat - Coaching Agile Teams with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd, and Leading/Coaching Agile Organizations with Pete Behrens. These workshops will be two-days running December 6-7 from 8:30 - 4:30PM leading up to the retreat kicking off on the evening of December 7. They will be held in the same location - Hotel Boulderado. Coaching Agile Teams ... [read more]
We have created a theme for the retreat, something close to many of us working in the agile community for quite some time. We often see individual successes and failures, but don't often look for the patterns that drive them. This retreat will help us explore and identify some of these patterns to help our current and future clients. “Sustaining Agility beyond the coaching engagement” – helping build sustaining agile leadership, organizations, an... [read more]
Thank you to everyone who has logged into this website - we are looking forward to a great event and will be starting some pre-retreat communications shortly. I noticed some of you have signed up as an attendee on this website, but have not officially "registered" with the Scrum Alliance. If so, you are not registered. If you plan to attend this event, you must register with the Scrum Alliance (see the registration tab). Remember, we only have sp... [read more]
Welcome to the Scrum Coaching Retreat information and collaboration website. We are in the process of creating a brand new conference retreat experience for Scrum and other agile mentors. Unlike other conference and gathering experiences, our goal is to provide a more collaborative and deeper learning retreat structure using Scrum to advance our practices. While we have some of the retreat structure in place, the content and teaming is open and t... [read more]