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Bob Galen

Bob Galen
Velocity Partners

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen ([email protected])helps guide companies in their adoption of Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. Bob is a principal agile evangelist at Velocity Partners; president of RGCG; and frequent speaker on software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and an active member of the Agile and Scrum Alliances. Bob published Scrum Product Ownership–Balancing Value from the Inside Out.

Speaker Presentations
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
A Product Ownership Practicum for Product Owners and ScrumMasters

Congratulations! Your boss has selected you for a Product Owner role ... or you’re a newly minted ScrumMaster trying to figure out how to play with your Product Owner ... or you’re an experienced Product Owner struggling achieve balance among your stakeholders, customers and team ... or you’re newly CSPO certified but don’t know how to be a REAL Product Owner. Well fear not. Join author and Product Owner coach Bob Galen in this fast paced, crash course in how to ROCK your new role. Explore the dynamics of user stories, product backlogs, valuation and prioritization, establishing minimal marketable deliverables, and delivering high-impact sprint reviews. Then we’ll raise the bar to talk about product ownership at scale, how to build quality into your products, and how to effectively interact with your teams. Leave this workshop with the ideas, skills, and techniques to become the Product Owner you—and your boss—envisioned you to be.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders SOLD OUT

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, and training―revolves around the agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized, or, in the worst cases, vilified. Bob Galen contends that there is a central and important role for managers and effective leadership within agile environments. Join Bob to explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders—those who understand servant leadership and how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the teams’ performance, accountability, and engagement. Investigate training and standards for agile adoption, and situations and guidelines for when to trust the team and when to step in to provide guidance and direction. Examine the leader’s role in agile at-scale and with distributed agile teams. Good leadership is central to sustaining your agile adoption; bad leadership can render it irrelevant or a failure. To inspire you and your teams, join Bob to walk the path of the good and to examine the patterns of the bad.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:30pm
Agile Techniques
Great Sprint Reviews: Patterns for Success

Whether you’re new to agile or Scrum or an experienced practitioner, everyone has had a bad sprint review here and there. But do you consistently miss the mark? Have limited attendance, engagement, and feedback? Feel you might be developing the wrong products and simply going through the motions? Your demos should be lively, powerful, insightful, and valuable. In this energized session, join Bob Galen as he shares stories of common patterns he’s seen again and again that increase the value and vibrancy of sprint reviews. Bob discusses agenda setting, marketing, customer focus, why planning is crucial, and execution principles for your sprint reviews. He explores how to gather feedback, measure success, and take further action. Finally, Bob discusses how to demo non-functional and other types of work so your stakeholders “get” the value proposition. In the end, take away strategies and techniques that will change your reviews forever.