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GOTO Amsterdam: the Scrum track

May 22nd, 2015 by

A conference is usually about new and exciting stuff and Scrum clearly isn’t new. Scrum is nowadays also adopted across all industries and I personally do not know one software developer who wasn’t part of a Scrum project yet. So, it’s not exciting either. Why the heck have then a Scrum track and even two keynotes about Scrum and Agile Software Development?



I see two reasons: First, if an idea is already set, we can start the fine-tuning. Second, like all great ideas which enter the mainstream, Scrum and Agile suffer from great misunderstandings and misinterpretations, which eventually led to a majority of Scrum projects executed far from what the inventors had in mind when they designed the method.

The Scrum track and the two keynotes are steps towards fixing this!


We have two keynotes: Jeff Sutherland and pragmatic programmer Dave Thomas. Jeff starts to give an overview how to adapt Scrum right, building on many lessons learned from various projects over the last decades. Dave Thomas reminds us that ‘Agile’ is dead, because too many places are using the hype to make money with it and along the way, they perverted the agile ideas to a state where everything is ‘Agile’ these days – which makes it meaningless. However, the original ideas are still valid and great, so Dave will tell us how to remain the legacy and go on.


During the tracks, Jeff Sutherland will give a talk about the origins of Scrum, the ideas which eventually formed the method. The CTO of the FBI presents a case study how Scrum led to great project success in a situation where non-adaptive process models completely failed several times. “Culture eats process for breakfast” (Peter Drucker) – so right – if you are a cover-your-ass organisation, you’ll never get Scrum right. Jørn Larsen explains what the right culture is to be hyper-productive.


Scrum is a very generic method: it is not tight to software, it can be used in many environments. Fred George is explaining the gap between prograscrumWorkshopmming and the method itself and how to close it. JJ Sutherland is giving us examples how Scrum changed the world outside the software world, how it was used in the arab spring or fighting poverty in rural Africa.

We guess you are definitely not new to Scrum, but all talks have something new and exciting, which you can certainly apply in your current project in order to improve it.

Be part of it too

GOTO Amsterdam 2015 celebrates its 5th birthday. We will do that with you! Expect to be amazed, enlightened and full of energy and new ideas. We’ve arranged all the ingredients for you to have the best possible experience. If you haven’t registered yet; now is the time!


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