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Scrum Day announces the 2023 conference schedule

Updated: Jul 25, 2023



Scrum Day is excited to announce the 2023 speaker schedule! The Scrum Day event revolves around the theme "Scrum is a Team Sport" and features various topics and presentations aimed at improving teams and exploring different aspects of Scrum. The schedule for the day is as follows:


The event starts at 8:00 AM with registration opening and a continental breakfast being served to participants. The morning activities kick off at 8:30 with a networking activity, followed by the morning keynote presented by Keith McCandless, which focuses on Liberating Structures.


At 9:45 AM, there is a short break for participants to refresh and take a breather. The breakout sessions begin at 10:00 AM, with each session centering around a specific theme and featuring notable presenters. The topics covered in the breakout sessions include:


  • "Community of Practice: One of the Colonel's Eleven Herbs and Spices to Enterprise Transformations" by Quincy D. Jordan, VP of Agility at Agile Thought (Scrum Master session).

  • "The Secret to Effective Backlog Refinement - Behavior-Driven Development (non-technical)" by Chuck Suscheck, an Enterprise Agile Coach (Product Owner session).

  • "Agile Transformation is not the Goal" by Patricia Kong, Product Owner of Enterprise Solutions and Learning Enablement (Agile Executives session).

  • "Leading without Blame" by Diana Larsen

  • A session on using complementary techniques for better job performance, presented by Ravi Verma, a Professional Co-Active Agile Coach (Developers session).


Another break takes place at 10:30 AM to allow participants to take a break and transition to the next session. The second round of breakout sessions begins at 10:45 AM and covers the following topics:


  • "Eliminating Inefficiencies: Streamlining Scrum Events and Processes with Atlassian" by Amanda Pitzo and Josh Kochelek from Modus Create (Scrum Master session).

  • "Shift Your Product Backlog Management From Frantic and Stressful to Focused and Strategic" by Chad Beier and Jeff Bubolz, Organizational Agility Advisors from Wisconsin Agility (Product Owner session).

  • "Empowering Agile Teams: Product Definition and Self-Organization" by Michelle Brud, an Enterprise Agile Coach at WPS Health Solutions (Agile Executives session).

  • A meet-up and book signing session with various Agile authors, including Gunther Verheyan, Ryan Ripley, Todd Miller, Diana Larsen, Don McGreal, and Keith McCandless (Community Connections session).

  • A presentation on the impact of unconscious bias on small teams by Deborah Biddle, Founder and Chief Consultant at The People Company Consulting Group (Developers session).


After the 11:15 AM break, the third round of breakout sessions begins at 11:30 AM, covering the following topics:


  • "Building Trust: Strengthening the Relationship between Product Owners and Leadership" by Mary Iqbal, Scrum Day organizer and founder of Rebel Scrum (Scrum Master session).

  • A presentation on the Agile adoption story of Promega & SAP by a TBD presenter (Product Owner session).

  • "Agile HR: Transforming WPS Health Solutions" by Moira Klos, Chief People Officer at WPS Health Solutions (Agile Executives session).

  • "Microscopic Agility: Leveraging Scrum for Optimal Microscope Delivery" by Keith Thompson, President of the Madison Chapter of the Project Management Institute (Community Connections session).

  • "Basketball, Baseball, and Agile Teams" by Prateek Singh, Head of Learning at ProKanban.org (Developers session).

At 12:00 PM, lunch is served, providing an opportunity for participants to network and refuel. The lunch break at Scrum Day is scheduled from 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM and features a keynote presentation titled "The Agile Personality: Selecting and Developing Individuals for Successful Agile Teams." The keynote is presented by Dave West, CEO of Scrum.org, and focuses on the importance of identifying and nurturing individuals with the right attributes for agile team success.


Following the lunch break, there is a short passing time and break from 1:15 PM to 1:30 PM, allowing participants to transition to the next session. At 1:30 PM, the fourth round of breakout sessions begins. The topics and presenters for these sessions are as follows:


  • "Your Agile Transformation is a Crime Scene" presented by Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley, co-authors of "Fixing your Scrum" (Scrum Master session).

  • "The 3 Vs of Product Management" presented by Don McGreal, author of "The Professional Product Owner" (Product Owner session).

  • "The Empowerment Equation for Product Owners: Amplifying Influence and Impact" presented by Avi Schneier, Principal Agile Transformation Consultant at Scrum Inc. (Agile Executives session).

  • "Dive into the Fishbowl: Interactive Agile Teamwork Q&A Session" featuring Mary Iqbal, Robert Merrill, and Gunther Verheyan as presenters (Community Connections session).

  • "The Art of Stopping to Start" presented by a to-be-determined speaker (Developers session).


There is a short passing time and snack break from 2:15 PM to 2:30 PM, providing participants with a brief respite. The fifth round of breakout sessions commences at 2:30 PM, with the following topics and presenters:


  • "Value. Period." presented by Gunther Verheyen, an independent Scrum Caretaker (Scrum Master session).

  • "Are you doing product management or bullshit management?" presented by David Pereira (Product Owner session).

  • "Hoover’s Inaugural Season" presented by Carmen Allison and Stephen Bruer (Agile Executives session).

  • "Accelerating Growth: Peer-to-Peer Coaching for Agile Teams" presented by Shawn Belling (Community Connections session).

  • "Who’s On this Bus… And Where Are We Going Again? A team first approach to building Agile teams and work products" presented by Steve Nackers, Director of Electronics and Connectivity at Sub-Zero (Developers session).


A passing time and break period is provided from 3:15 PM to 3:30 PM, allowing participants to transition to the afternoon keynote session. The afternoon keynote, scheduled from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, will be presented by Keith McCandless and will feature a Liberating Structure designed to help participants synthesize takeaways and provide a close to networking activities.



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