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The Caring Servant Leaders

Leadership is not just about achieving results. It's about building a culture of empathy, support, and growth. As a leader, you have the power to inspire your team and create…

Agile Principle #1

Transform the way you approach product development with the first Agile Principle - customer satisfaction through continuous delivery! For this a Scrum Team needs to understand: 1. Why this principle…

Agilized Waterfall vs Agile

Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Scrum Teams will find it useful to download and place it near their team workspace – either on digital (Miro, Mural etc.) or print and…

A tip on creating good user stories

Experiment and Believe! So many times while using Agile, we get convinced with popular notions only to find that they don't provide much value. Perhaps the people who made those…

Managers in Scrum

We all know that the Scrum Team consists of the three main roles - Scrum Master, Product Owner and Developers (erstwhile Development Team)  Where do Managers fit in then?  Many…

What does Velocity represent in Scrum?

Agile team members work together to groom, plan, commit, and deliver work every sprint. The number of story points that a team delivers in a sprint is known as velocity. …

When is scrum most effective?

Don't use Scrum when you don't need to! In fact, Scrum isn't supposed to be effective for every type of development. Many teams and organizations use Scrum without understanding when…

Top 10 Traits of Successful Leaders

  Truly successful leaders have several traits in common By truly successful, I mean business leaders, who, while busy growing their organization, do not lose sight of (their) people's growth.…

What Does A Scrum Master Do?

Scrum Master is a mystical role in Scrum. I say mystical because many companies and leaders are unable to comprehend the importance and essence of this role. As a result,…

Why Sprint Reviews Are So Hard ?

Why Effective Sprint Reviews Are So Hard To Achieve? As we know, there are four main Scrum ceremonies: Sprint Planning, Daily Stand up, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective. Additionally, we…

Scrum Master VS an Agile Coach

  The reason for Agile Coach role being so much in demand is that, the growth of Agile and Scrum has been exponential in the last 7-10 years. The Scrum…

A Fool With A Tool Will Still Be A Fool

Having worked in the Agile space for many years, and having experimented with so many ideas including processes, tools and work dynamics between people, I've come to realize that although…

Effective Scrum of Scrums Meetings

Scrum of Scrums (SoS) meetings are as popular as Scrum itself. The effectiveness of an SoS meeting depends on how it is implemented. There are a few agile teams that…

Story Points vs Task Points

Story point estimation was created to understand the relative complexity of work. The work could be of value to the end user and/or customer (whether internal or external to the…

The DEEP Qualities of a Product Backlog

The most popular and  an important  artifact in Scrum, the product backlog is never complete. It is ever evolving, as a project’s requirements or environment evolves and changes. It is…

Product Owner or Business Analyst

BUSINESS ANALYST The Business Analyst (BA) and similar (related) roles (SA, BSA etc.) have gained prominence over the past few years. One of the reasons for this to have happened…


MEASURING AGILE How will you show the progress of agile transformation? How will you measure improvement in teams and people? And how will you avoid the trap of shallow metrics…

Scrum Master and Project Manager

It is very common for Scrum teams to deal with a plethora of issues not to mention the transitioning to scrum itself. Where do you think these issues originate from?…

Agile SOW

Software projects are becoming increasingly complex. This complexity demands Agility. Agility translates to faster product increments, shorter review cycles, end-to-end picture of the product which essentially means incremental and iterative…


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Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Duration: 1 day workshop
Cost: $475/person


On request this could also be split over 2 days

Learning Outcomes

  1. Who is a Scrum Master?
  2. A day in the life of a Scrum Master
  3. A Sprint in the life of a Scrum Master
  4. Scrum Master Role and Responsibilities
    1. Scrum Master serving The Team (Developers)
    2. Scrum Master serving Product Owner
    3. Scrum Master serving Stakeholders
  5. Scrum Master as a Servant Leader change agent
    1. How to coach your Scrum Team?
    2. How to coach the larger organization?
    3. How to challenge the status quo?
  6. Agile basics – review
    1. Agile Values and Principles
  7. Scrum framework overview – review
    1. Scrum Values
    2. Scrum ceremonies – review
      1. Facilitation in Scrum events
  8. Tools 
    1. Understanding team development stages
    2. How to create engagement using online and in person tools?
    3. Understanding DevOps
  9. Metrics
    1. How to choose the best metrics for your team?
    2. Understanding Team Happiness
  10. Open topics
    1. Challenges faced in day to day work
      1. Brainstorm solutions 
  11. What makes a great Scrum Master? 
  12. How to grow as a Scrum Master
  13. Next steps

Patrick Foster

Agile Coach

Patrick Foster

I’m a leader who serves as an Agile Coach in organizations.

I help senior leadership plan long-term strategic decisions while embracing the Agile mindset.

I also work with teams to help them become self organizing on their journey of providing value to the customers.

I see my clients as creative, resourceful, and whole and I’m here to walk alongside them to achieve business outcomes.

Elena Vassilieva

Innovation Leader Coach & Agile Transformation Adviser

Elena Vassilieva is an executive leadership coach who uses virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate sustainable and immersive feedback for conscious leadership development. Elena integrates principles of Conversational and Emotional IQ and Systemic Team coaching with an Agile/Lean empirical approach to create a personalized holistic coaching
experience. Drawing on her years of training, mentoring, and coaching executives and teams in Agile transformation, she now serves as a trusted advisor for thought leaders who engage in digital transformation.
Elena is an experienced people development leader known for her ability to creatively align business strategy to people’s practices while keeping a passionate focus on workplace culture and values.
Elena is an ICF Certified Coach, ORSC, and AoEC Certified Systemic Team Coach, Certified Visionary Leadership Coach.
As the Scrum Alliance Certified Coach and Certified Agile Leadership Educator, Elena is teaching, training, and coaching teams and individuals to become great Agile professionals and Agile leaders. She brings together diverse and passionate voices dedicated to developing thriving workplace cultures, creating joy and value with the Agile approach, and embracing the agile mindset in work and life environments.
Elena works with leaders and teams around the globe, helping them engage in digital transformation and mapping out powerful organizational shifts to create a sustainable culture focused on learning and innovation. She helps executives in global companies find alignment around cultural and social diversity and aligns around shared purpose, shared values, and business goals.
Elena blends her diverse experiences as a trusted advisor, professional consultant, coach, researcher, and VR documentary producer.

Alireza Boloorchi

PhD in Computer Science

Alireza Boloorchi is passionate about efficiency for the whole. He believes leadership is about the courage in sacrificing localized efficiency for a greater goal. For the last 12 years, he has been helping several large and small organizations to adopt/adapt more efficient process using Agile/Lean values and principles.

He received his PhD in Computer Science and is Certified Scrum Professional by Scrum Alliance. His experience is rooted in software engineering followed up in roles such as Scrum Master, Agile coach, ENT Agile coach, and leadership in Agile organizations.

He has worked/consulted in several industries such as Finance, Game, Semiconductor, manufacturing , etc. Academia has been an important part of his professional life, and He is researching and teaching Agile in the academia as an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University. And serves as reviewer for several journals such as Journal of Super Computing, Network Systems, and Information Science.

Zach Bonaker

Benevolent Trouble-maker

Zach Bonaker is a “benevolent trouble-maker” based in San Diego, California, USA and has more than 10 years of experience assisting organizations with achieving their goals through improved working conditions and team-centric systems of work. With experience guiding Fortune 500 companies to multi-million dollar startups, Zach draws upon agile principles, relationships, and systems thinking to redesign structures into safe, collaborative environments. Zach is an international conference speaker, frequent podcast guest, and contributor to the global agile community. When he isn’t thinking about next-generation agile ideas, Zach can be found enjoying the sunny California weather and connecting with people all over the world.

Michael de la Maza

PhD, MIT, CEC, Co founder

Michael de la Maza is the founder of Heart Healthy Scrum and a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). Previously, he was VP of Corporate Strategy at Softricity (acquired by Microsoft in 2006) and co-founder of Inquira (acquired by Oracle in 2011). He is the co-editor of Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners and co-author of Professional Scrum with TFS 2010 and Why Agile Works: The Values Behind The Results. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.

Jeff Patton

Chief Troublemaker

Jeff Patton helps companies adopt a way of working that’s focused on building great products, not just building stuff faster. Jeff blends a mixture of Agile thinking, Lean and Lean Startup Thinking, and UX Design and Design Thinking to end up with a holistic product-centric way of working. Jeff is author of the bestselling O’Reilly book User Story Mapping which describes a simple holistic approach to using stories in Agile development without losing sight of the big picture.

Jeff’s a Certified Scrum Trainer, and winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development. You can learn more about Jeff, and find essays and past writing from his columns with, Better Software Magazine, and IEEE Software on his website: 

Amitabh Sinha

Execution Strategy Advisor, CTC

Amitabh (Amit) Sinha is a servant leader entrepreneur, visionary, mentor, trainer and coach. Amit is highly passionate about Agile, it’s principles, values, and the human side. Amit is a people champion and strives to bring out the best in his teams. Amit leverages his expertise in Agile, Scrum, Kanban and people skills to increase team effectiveness and happiness.

Amit has had huge success in transforming teams, departments and organizations. He has led, coached, nurtured and trained hundreds of teams into high performance and happiness! Amit’s teams have often been noted for their high levels of exuberance. Amit helps Scrum Masters, Product Owners, leaders and executives understand the Agile mindset and how to create effective products that delight customers. 

Amit contributes to the community by speaking at various forums and meetups to share his knowledge and wisdom with others. He delivered a popular workshop on happiness and productivity at the global Agile conference August 2019(AA 2019, DC). Amit lives with his wife and three boys in Palo Alto, California.

Rakesh Sadhwani

Business Strategy Advisor

Rakesh Sadhwani is an entrepreneur, businessman, and technical leader who possesses a wealth of industry experience and know-how.  He currently serves as the CEO of an award winning, Bay Area technical staffing and solutions firm, Vertisystem. Rakesh’s expertise includes on-shoring and off-shoring, staff augmentation, business strategy, business development and creating valued partnerships.

What sets Rakesh apart as a leader is his dedication to the relationship first, his genuine commitment to the community, enabling his staff’, and a commitment to doing what is right.  Rakesh is a true partner who sincerely listens and endeavors to deliver value above and beyond your expectations. Rakesh lives with his wife and two daughters in Fremont, California.