Join with Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in the sunshine of Orlando Florida to share in a mix of experience, information, values and expert insight that provides a framework for evaluating and incorporating the Scrum process. Learn from experienced practitioners, Scrum founders and leaders in the agile community, including, but not limited to, the following

Distinguished Speakers & Certified Scrum Trainers (detailed bios are found on the speakers tab):
Ken Schwaber, co-founder of Scrum Jeff Sutherland, co-founder of Scrum
Gregory Balestrero, President & CEO of PMI Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software
Alistair Cockburn, Humans & Technology, Inc. Ron Jeffries, one of 3 founders of Extreme Programming
Jim "Cope" Coplien, Gertrud & Cope Chet Hendrickson, early adopter of Extreme Programming
Details In Brief

WhoEveryone! This collaborative, interactive event is open to all who are interested in finding a better way to get things done.

What:  A gathering of the Scrum community

Why:   To share and learn in an interactive environment

When:  March 16, 17, and 18, 2009. Opens at 7:00 am EST on March 16. Closes at 3:45 pm EST on March 18.

Where:  Orlando, Florida USA
How:  Simply click the Register Now button.  Space is limited so sign up today.  The last two Scrum Gatherings have sold out weeks in advance. 

Participating in a Scrum Gathering is an important step in expanding Scrum knowledge for Scrum users of all skill levels, as well as a great introductory opportunity for those who are investigating the possibility of using the Scrum process. A day of Open Space will afford participants the opportunity to set agendas, discuss timely topics and interact with industry experts and peers in casual group settings.

Additional info about the program content and keynote speakers, venue, hotel, transportation and area attractions is featured under the tabs listed above. 

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16-18 Mar 2009


Orlando, FL, United States


6000 W Osceola Parkway

Orlando, FL, 34746


Scrum Alliance Members: $1500 USD

Non-Scrum Alliance Members: $1800 USD

Orlando Scrum Gathering 2009 Program

This schedule is subject to change (updated 26 January 2009).
Monday, 16 March 2009
 Time Event Location & Details
7:00 - 8:30 am Coffee & Danish service Osceola Lobby
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Osceola Lobby
8:30 - 9:00 am Opening Session

The Scrum Alliance Moving Forward: Ken Schwaber, President Scrum Alliance, and Jim Cundiff, Managing Director Scrum Alliance

Osceola Ballroom A

9:00 am - 10:15 am ScrumHub Research

Scrum Research at Carnegie Mellon: Dr. Mark Paulk,  Senior Systems Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University

Osceola Ballroom A

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
ScrumHub exhibit

CSM Beta Testing
Destin 1 & 2
10:15 - 10:30 Break Osceola Lobby
10:30 - Noon Concurrent Feature Presentations Show Me the Software!: Ron Jeffries, and Chet Hendrickson, HendricksonXP, Osceola Ballroom B

Leading Self-Organizing Teams: Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software, Osceola 1, 2, & 3

Not your Grandfather's Architecture: How MVC has evolved into the Agile world: Dr. Jeff Sutherland, Scrum Inc. & Jim “Cope” Coplien, Gertrud & Cope, Osceola 4, 5, & 6

Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch & Keynote Address
View from PMI: Gregory Balestrero, President & CEO, Project Management Institute, Osceola Ballroom A
1:30 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Feature Presentations

You thought you knew Scrum? A Ken-and-Alistair Duet: Ken Schwaber, ADM, and Dr. Alistair Cockburn, Humans & Technology, Inc., Osceola Ballroom B

Leading Self-Organizing Teams: Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software, Osceola 1, 2, & 3

Not your Grandfather's Architecture: How MVC has evolved into the Agile World: Dr. Jeff Sutherland, Scrum Inc. & Jim “Cope” Coplien, Gertrud & Cope, Osceola 4, 5, & 6

3:00 - 3:30 pm Break Osceola Lobby
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions.

Stories of a Very Large Scale Implementation of Scrum: James Schiel, Danube Technologies and Kiran Thakkar, Siemens Medical Solutions, Osceola 1

Real Life Case Studies: Tom Mellor, Certified Scrum Trainer, Osceola 2

KeyCorp and Agile – An Interesting Relationship: Tom Seffernick, KeyBank N.A. and Lalit Talesara, KeyBank N.A., Osceola 3

Scrum in the Waterfall: Dave Prior, EMC, Osceola 4

Legally Agile-A View from Lady Justice: Bob Schatz, Agile Infusion and Dan Schatz, Esq., Osceola 5

Peter Green, Adobe Systems and Peter Smith, Adobe Systems, Osceola 6

Brian Diffin, CCH, Tampa 1

Relating PMI's PMBOK Practices to Scrum: Michele Sliger, Sliger Consultling, Inc., Tampa 2

Implementing Scrum on a Large Scale: Dan LeFebvre, Kronos,Tampa 3

Scrum Embedded Systems: Bent Myllerup, Myllerup Consult & TC Electronic, Sarasota 1

Death by Scrum Meeting:* Pete Behrens, Trail Ridge Consulting, Sarasota 2

Good, Bad, & Ugly:* Gabrielle Benefield, Scrum Training Institute, Sarasota 3

5:00 - 6:30 pm Scrum Gathering Reception
St. Augustine Fort in Hotel Atrium

* Indicates Introductory Scrum Session

Tuesday, 17 March 2009
 Time Event  Location & Details
7:30 - 8:30 am Coffee & Danish Service Osceola Lobby
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ScrumHub Exhibit

CSM Beta Testing
Destin 1 & 2
8:30 - 8:45 am Opening Words
Osceola Ballroom A & B
8:45 - 9:15 am Open Space Introduction Facilitators Ainsley Nies,  Acorn Consulting Enterprises & Chris Sims, Technical Management Institute

Osceola Ballroom A & B
9:15 - 10:00 am Open Space Topic Brainstorm & Selection Osceola Ballroom A & B
10:00 - 11:30 am Open Space Breakout Sessions

You, as the participant in Open Space, will set the agenda items for your individual breakout sessions. Read more about open space technology.

Osceola Ballroom A & B, Osceola 1-6 and Daytona 1 & 2

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Poolside or Osceola B
1:00 - 3:00 pm  Open Space Breakout Sessions

Osceola Ballroom A & B, Osceola 1-6 and Daytona 1 & 2

3:00 - 4:30 pm  
Concurrent Speaker-Led Sessions

Product Owner Roles & Responsibilities:* Danny (Danko) Kovatch, AgileSparks, Daytona 1

How I use the Burndown Chart:* Arne Ahlander, Softhouse, Daytona 2

SOA & Scrum: Thoralf Klatt, Nokia Siemens Networks, Osceola 1

We can’t go to market, we haven’t built enough!  How product owners can change the nature of delivery: Robin Dymond, Innovel LLC & Jeff Patton, Osceola 2

Top Ten (or so) Things I Learned in Implementing Scrum at Double Click: Karen Delfau, Google/DoubleClick, Osceola 3

Keep NASA Flying with Scrum: Bob Schatz, Agile Infusion, LLC and John J. Hopkins, NASA, Osceola 4

Phillpe Kruchten, University of British Columbia at Vancouver, Osceola 5

Mapping the Change Battlefield: George Schlitz and Giora Morein, Big Visible Solutions, Osceola 6

* Indicates Introductory Scrum Session

Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Time Event  Location & Details
7:30 - 8:30 am Coffee and Danish Service Osceola Lobby
8:30 - 10:00 am Open Space Wrap-Up
Ainsley Nies, Acorn Consulting Enterprises & Chris Sims, Technical Management Institute

Osceola Ballroom A

10:00 - 10:30 am  Break Osceola Lobby
10:30 - Noon Concurrent Speaker-Led Breakout Sessions

Scrum at Man Investments: Andrew Keene, Man Investments, Osceola 1

PMI: Jesse Fewell, Excella Consulting, Osceola 2

Scrum at UOL: Alexandre dos Santos, UOL-Universe Online S.A. and Andreas Schliep, Osceola 3

Grooming the Product Backlog: Roman Pichler, Pichler Consulting LTD., Osceola 4

Scaling Scrum to Large Teams-Experiences of Implementation from 20 countries Worldwide: Patric Palm, Hansoft, Osceola 5

Marriage of Prince 2 & Scrum: Martin Kearns, Renewtek Pty Ltd., Osceola 6

Noon - 12:45


Osceola Ballroom B
12:45 - 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker
Panel Discussion

Ken Schwaber, Dr. Alistair Cockburn, Jim "Cope" Coplien,  Ron Jeffries, Mike Cohn, PMI representative

Osceola Ballroom B

2:00 - 2:15 pm Break Osceola Lobby
2:15  - 3:45 pm
Concurrent Speaker-led Breakout Sessions PMI: Sanjiv Augustine, LitheSpeed, Osceola 1

Art of Communications: David Hoehn, Gamesys Ltd., Osceola 2

Scrum at CNN: Michael Wollin, Turner CNN, Osceola 3

Inspect & Adapt: Cheryl Neeser, Fidelity National Information Services, Osceola 4

Nourishing Agile Projects
: Paul Ellarby, Thomas Reuters, Osceola 5

Scrum BUT Research: Gary Morgan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Osceola 6

Gathering ends at 3:45 pm, 18 March 2009


Orlando Scrum Gathering 2009 Keynote Speakers

Ken Schwaber, Control Chaos

Ken Schwaber is a Scrum evangelist. Ken developed Scrum with Jeff Sutherland in the early 1990's, co-authored the Agile Manifesto in 2001, and founded the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. Ken has been software developer for over 30 years, from bottle washer to cook. He has written three books about Scrum: Agile Software Development with Scrum, Agile Project Management with Scrum, and The Enterprise and Scrum. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his family. His website is

Jeff Sutherland, Scrum Training Institute & Scrum, Inc.

Jeff Sutherland started the first Scrum at Easel Corporation in 1993. He worked with Ken Schwaber to emerge Scrum as a formal process at OOPSLA ’95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and IT organizations and helped write the Agile Manifesto. Jeff is Chairman of the Scrum Training Institute and CEO of Scrum, Inc. powered by OpenView Venture Partners. He is Agile coach to the OpenView venture group, which runs all its internal operations with Scrum, as well as their $300M portolio of software companies. As Senior Advisor to OpenView he focuses on using Scrum to transform companies as well as empower software developers. In his last position as CTO of PatientKeeper, his Scrum implementation was the key to quadrupled revenue in 2007. OpenView is using Scrum to create similar high performance portfolio companies. Jeff will share the secret sauce that helps development teams radically improve productivity and quality while providing a more rewarding and fun working environment for developers.

Gregory Balestrero

Gregory Balestrero is President and CEO of PMI. He spends more than 200 days a year traveling around the world as the chief ambassador for advancing the profession of project management on behalf of PMI. Mr. Balestrero delivers powerful messages about the importance of project management in achieving success in today’s global business environment. Mr. Balestrero has represented PMI at special events in more than 30 countries throughout the world. He is quoted frequently in national and international media and has appeared as a guest on news and business television, including CNBC, BBC World and Sky News.

Mr. Balestrero joined PMI in 2002 with nearly 30 years’ experience in executive-level association management. An industrial engineer by training, Mr. Balestrero has extensive experience overseeing administrative, financial and internal affairs for many professional associations. 

Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software

Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, a process and project management consultancy and training firm. He is the author of Agile Estimating and Planning, User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, and the upcoming Succeeding With Agile. With more than twenty years of experience, Mike has previously been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from startup to Fortune 40. A frequent magazine contributor and conference speaker, Mike is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance. 

Jim Coplien, Gertrud & Cope

Jim Coplien ("Cope") is an old C++ guy whose early books set the tone for modern object-oriented design. His latest book "Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development," written together with Neil Harrison, is a milestone in the Agile software literature. The research behind the book was the origin of daily stand-up meetings in Scrum and of the structural components of Extreme Programming. Over the past three years Cope has been working with Trygve Reenskaug, the creator of Model-View-Controller (MVC). Trygve and Cope have evolved MVC into the DCI (Data-Collaboration-Interaction) architecture, which brings object-orientation out of the relatively static data world into the agile world of role behaviors. Today Cope is focusing on lean software architecture and agile system development as a partner in Gertrud&Cope. He lives in Mørdrup, Denmark with his partner Gertrud, and son Janos.

Alistair Cockburn, Humans & Technology, Inc.

Alistair Cockburn is an internationally renowned IT strategist and project witchdoctor. An expert on agile development, use cases, project management, and object-oriented design, inventor of the Initial Response Technique massage form, author of the Crystal family of agile methodologies and three Jolt-awarded books, most recently an accredited CST, he helped write both the Agile Manifesto and the project management "Declaration of Interdependence." Dr. Cockburn is best known for describing software development as a cooperative game and finally defining what a use case is. He has consulted to companies of all sizes and around the world. He is known for his lively presentations and interactive workshops. His blog, poems, articles, and talks are available online at

Ron Jeffries,

Ron Jeffries is author of Extreme Programming Adventures in C#, the senior author of Extreme Programming Installed, and was the on-site XP coach for the original Extreme Programming project. Ron has been involved with Extreme Programming for over five years, presenting numerous talks and publishing papers on the topic. He is the proprietor of, a well-known source of XP information. Ron was one of the creators, and a featured instructor in Object Mentor's popular XP Immersion course. He is a well-known independent consultant in XP and Agile methods.

Ron has advanced degrees in mathematics and computer science, and has been a systems developer for more years than most of you have been alive. His teams have built operating systems, compilers, relational database systems, and a large range of applications. Ron's software products have produced revenue of over half a billion dollars, and he wonders why he didn't get any of it.

Chet Hendrickson

Chet Hendrickson was at Extreme Programming's ground zero, the Chrysler Comprehensive Compensation (C3) system. As a developer on the pre-XP C3, Chet saw how poor communication, inadequate testing, and an overly complex design can doom a development effort. He helped make the decision to throw away fourteen months of work and begin again under the guidance of Kent Beck, Martin Fowler, and Ron Jeffries. Chet, along with Jim Haungs and Rich Garzaniti, in a talk at OOPSLA'97, was the first to report on the Chrysler Methodology. (The term Extreme Programming had not yet been coined.)

Chet is an independent consultant, helping software teams improve the software development process by the application of XP's core values of simplicity, communication, feedback, and courage. He is an author of Extreme Programming Installed. The book, the second in the Extreme Programming series, consists of a connected collection of essays, presented in the order the practices would actually be implemented during a project.

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Securing Lodging

If you would like to secure lodging at the Gaylord Palms Resort, please visit their website to make your room reservation. If making room reservations by phone, please reference Scrum Gathering. Scrum Gathering attendees will receive a reduced rate of $231.00 plus tax plus resort fee per night for lodging.  This rate is good for the Scrum Gathering event dates and three days before and after the Scrum Gathering event; rate is applicable from March 13-21, 2009.    

To make a room reservation by phone, call the hotel reservations call center at 407-586-2000.  Mention Scrum Gathering for the discounted rate.

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Flight Arrangements

For your information in booking flights, the Gathering opens at 7:00 am EST on 16 March 2009. The Gathering closes at 3:45 pm EST on 18 March 2009. Orlando International airport code is MCO.

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