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!

RSVP for ScrumRVA’s November meetup

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.

ScrumRVA August Gathering: Lego4Scrum with Guy Winterbotham

Lego4scrum is (probably) the most interactive way of illustrating the agile mindset and the power and scalability of Scrum. We will be taking this approach to introducing Scrum for a test drive. The full lego4scrum 3.0 exercise incorporates the following popular agile coaching techniques:

1) User Story mapping
2) Estimation
3) Overall backlog refinement with multiple teams
4) Joint multi-team scrum meetings
5) Continuous Integration and deployment

and more little tips and tricks to make the simulation valuable and fun.


July Gathering: “Start Your Engines” to Cultivate Innovation with Kim Brainard

Join us Tuesday, July 25th, 6PM @ Tuckahoe Library for Kim Brainard’s talk on cultivating innovation in your team and organization.


6pm: Food & Networking
6:30pm: Kim Brainard
8pm: Done/Break-down/Networking
8:30pm: Done, Done

2 30-minute mentoring/coaching sessions with Kim Brainard
2 Agile Facilitator Toolkits
“Scrum and Get It!” t-shirts