April Gathering: Lean Beer

This month we will meet at Keagan’s in Short Pump for a laidback Lean Beer, an alternative to Lean Coffee. This is a great place to ask questions and share your Scrum and Agile war stories over an adult beverage, if you so choose.

We’ll discuss any topics on Agile and Lean that are of interest to whomever is gathered. You suggest the topics, then we mix them up and pull them out of a hat. We manage our discussions via time boxes and a Roman vote (drinks up/drinks down).

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March Gathering: World Cafe

Join ScrumRVA for a World Cafe gathering!

World Cafe is an easy-to-use method for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter in service to real work. Cafés in different contexts have been named in many ways to meet specific goals, for example Creative Cafés, Strategy Cafés, Leadership Cafés, and Community Cafés. World Café conversations are based on the principles and format developed by the World Café, a global movement to support conversations that matter in corporate, government, and community settings around the world.

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Be sure to contribute a unifying question and vote on those which matter most here!

February Gathering: Scrum Master Shop Talk

ScrumRVA February 2018 Gathering

In this highly interactive shop talk, we’ll cover tools, techniques, and strategies to help us improve as Scrum Masters and servant leaders. Bring your #1 Challenge that you face as a Scrum Master, and we’ll have breakout discussions to uncover new ideas and experiments that you can immediately put into practice with your teams.

RSVP for the February 27, 2018 Gathering

We’ll cover topics like:
1. Ideas for fun and engaging Retrospectives
2. Strategies for a productive and efficient Sprint Planning Meeting
3. How to deal with team conflict
4. Strategies for more collaboration within your Scrum Team
5. Efficient and effective Daily Scrums/Stand-ups

We look forward to seeing you at Tuckahoe Library this month!

January Gathering: Scrum Teams and Psychological Safety

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ScrumRVA is excited to see our fellow scrum practitioners once again at our first gathering of 2018!

ScrumRVA’s own Mark Palmer, Agile Coach and Scrum Trainer, will discuss how Scrum teams can foster psychological safety to drive high performance.

When: January 30, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Glen Allen Library

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Couldn’t make it?

Access the slide deck and handouts

November Gathering: Give Thanks to Scrum (Lightning Talks)

Join ScrumRVA for our last gathering of 2017!

We’ll have an evening filled with short Lightning Talks (usually about 5 minutes) on a wide range of topics around leveraging the Scrum Framework within our teams and organizations. Don’t miss the fun November 28, 2017 at Tuckahoe Library!

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Interested in presenting a Lightning Talk for this gathering? Please email us your talk topics, and the agenda will be published once the evening sessions are filled.

Haven’t gone to a Lightning Talk before?

Here are some resources:

What is a Lightning Talk?

How to write a Lightning Talk?

How to give a Lightning Talk?




October Gathering: Scrumtoberfest Social

Let’s celebrate “Scrumtoberfest” at Rock Bottom Brewery in Short Pump Mall! We’ll plan to relax, run a few lean coffee chats, and discuss all things Scrum.

Bring your thirst for some coffee or great ale, and all of your burning Scrum and Agile topics to discuss with the gang.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 PM

Please RSVP (and update your RSVP if your plans change) so we can have an accurate table reservation.

Can’t make this event?

Mark your calendars for our last event of the year, November 28.







ScrumRVA September Gathering: Completing User Stories on Greenfield Projects & Can Checklists Help Scrum Teams?

Join fellow Scrum practitioners Tuesday, September 26, 6:00PM @ Glen Allen Library to hear 2 guest speakers discuss how they implement user stories and checklists in their scrum teams.

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Completing User Stories on Greenfield Projects, with Ben Scott

At the beginning of a project, teams will usually spend a lot of time on infrastructure, making it hard to demo anything to the business. There is a constant battle between engineers and product owners on what needs to be built first.

But you don’t need to compromise. Infrastructure can be generated, using an application generator called JHipster that allows scrum teams to focus primarily on delivering business value right at the start of the project.

In a live demo, attendees will see a microservice application created that provides the foundation for completing a user story:

‘As an inventory manager I want to add products to the inventory’

Can Checklists Help You Improve Delivery with Scrum? with Eric Palmer
In his book the Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande makes a compelling and interesting case for using checklists to save lives. At the University of Richmond, our goals are more modest. We started by wondering if checklists can help us delivery more and with higher quality. So we implemented a READ-DO and a DO-CONFIRM checklist for the UR scrum team to use. We will talk about why checklists are helpful, the two formal types and when you might use one over the other. We will discuss our experiences with checklists at the University and how they have helped us improve quality and delivery.

Can’t make this one? Join us the last Tuesday of each month (except this October because that’s Halloween!). We look forward to seeing you.