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Minneapolis: 2018 Global Gathering 4/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave South Minneapolis MN 55403 United States 44.9698 -93.2738

Global Scrum Gathering® Minneapolis 2018

April 16-18, 2018

Minneapolis Convention Center | 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN USA 55403


A Unique Learning Opportunity in a Meeting of Agile Minds

"COME-TO-GATHER" and immerse yourself in forward-thinking sessions, resources, and face time with like-minded practitioners from the Agile community. All levels — from beginner to expert — will benefit.

There are nine (yes, NINE) education themes to cover hot topics in Scrum and Agile, including Government and Regulated industries, Human Resources, Finance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Organizational Transformation, Scrum4HW, and so much more.

Whatever your experience level, role, certification, or challenge… you will discover solutions and tools that propel and nurture your Agile journey. Find yourself at Global Scrum Gathering® Minneapolis 2018.



Keynote Speakers

Billy McLaughlin

The Life of Scrum
Monday Morning Keynote
Billy McLaughlin shared his amazing comeback story that exemplifies the building blocks of Scrum at a Scrum event in Portugal last September. Mixing humor, music, and lots of personal truths, Billy shows that Scrum can be for more than just the workplace. See the schedule.

Stay tuned as we announce additional keynotes.


Monday Mingle is Gonna Be Big!

Pack your plaid lumberjack shirt and join us for Northwoods Networking at Nicollet Island Pavilion. Click the Schedule and Program tab below for details.

Sponsored by: Collaborative Leadership Team


Registration Tips

Got friends? Groups of (3) or more enjoy a 10% discount. Click the Registration Fee tab below for details.

Not a member yet? Become a Scrum Alliance member today and save $150 on your registration!


Minneapolis Program

Click the Schedule and Program tab below.


News to the World

Stay current on #SGMSP18 updates, presented by your North American Gathering Team.


Discounted Hotel Rates

Click the Hotel and Travel tab below.


Shape the Minneapolis Gathering!

Help us make Global Scrum Gathering® Minneapolis 2018 the best it can be! Share your thoughts on Twitter using #SGMSP18. Volunteer positions are full. Thank you for your interest.


  • Registration Fee
    Your registration gives you full access to all keynotes, sessions, and special events. Breakfast, AM & PM Breaks, and lunch are included (Monday - Wednesday) plus any evening events. Regretfully, we cannot offer 1-day passes or allow sharing of passes.
    Dress code: Business casual, jeans acceptable.

    Please read through the information below before completing your registration.

    Discount codes cannot be combined. Read through the information below to determine the discount code that offers the most value to you.

    Registration Types, Pricing* and Discounts **


    Early Bird***: $1,150
    Regular: $1,350

    All members should have received an access code for their registration. Please contact support@scrumalliance.org to have your code resent or with any questions. Claim your membership by visiting http://www.scrumalliance.org/login. If you have trouble claiming your membership, please contact support@scrumalliance.org.


    Early Bird***: $1,400
    Regular: $1,600
    Not a Scrum Alliance® member? Sign up for a membership today to take advantage of the member pricing for this Gathering.

    CST/CEC/REP Owners

    Regular: $950
    Discount is valid for CSTs, CECs, and/or REP owners. Please contact support@scrumalliance.org to have your code resent or with any questions.

    Corporate Sponsors

    Pricing varies based on sponsorship level. Please contact sponsorship@scrumalliance.org for further details.


    Please contact corporaterelations@scrumalliance.org for further details.


    10% Discount
    To receive an Academic discount code, please contact support@scrumalliance.org.

    Group Discounts

    Groups of (3) or more enjoy a 10% discount. All registrations for the group must be completed at the same time. The discount will automatically be applied at checkout.
    * All prices are in USD.
    ** % Discounts are calculated based on the selected registration type fee.
    *** Early Bird registrations do not have a specific cut-off date. These registrations are based on a first-come / first-served basis and will be available until the maximum quantities have been met.


  • Hotel and Travel

    Minneapolis Convention Center

    Why stay nearby?

    We appreciate you making your reservation at a nearby conference hotel. Scrum Alliance has negotiated contracts with the following hotels to give you the best value and service. These offers end 26 March 2018.

    Official Gathering Hotels

    To receive the best hotel rates, use the booking links below for official SGMSP18 hotel reservations. You will not be contacted to modify or cancel your reservation from anyone at Scrum Alliance or our hotel partners. If you are contacted, please inform us at support@scrumalliance.org

    Hotel Rate Distance to Convention Center Booking Instructions
    Hilton Minneapolis
    1001 S Marquette Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    $219/night 0.3 miles

    Web: Click here. Alternatively, you may also visit www.Hilton.com and enter the three-letter code GSG upon checkout.

    Phone: Call 1-888-933-5363, and reference the code GSG to secure the room rate.

    Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
    1300 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    $209 /night 0.3 miles

    Web: Click here.

    Phone: Call 1-888-421-1442.

    W Minneapolis - The Foshay
    821 S Marquette Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    $199 /night 0.4 miles

    Web: Click here.

    Hilton Garden Inn
    1101 4th Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    $179/night 0.3 miles

    Web: Click here.

    1301 2nd Ave S 
    Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States 
    Phone: (1) (612) 335-6000

    Join Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in Minnesota for the GLOBAL SCRUM GATHERING® Minneapolis 2018. You'll find plenty of ways to participate as you share experiences, exchange information, and collaborate with fellow Scrum users. Get value and expert insight that provides you with a framework for evaluating and incorporating Scrum while you learn from experienced practitioners and leaders in the Scrum community.
  • Theme, Track and Chair(s)


    Champions of Agile

    Our invited presenters are industry thought leaders who will challenge attendees to take Agile to the next level in their organizations. Speakers will focus on how to amplify the benefits of Scrum across all industries, with an emphasis on growth through shared knowledge. Talks will cover a mix of introductory and advanced topics, ranging from enterprise retrospectives to mob programming and Agile team chartering. 

    Community of Agile 

    Agile User Groups across North America have nominated a breadth of topics to cover, and have chosen some of the best U.S. User Group presentations of the past 12 months. Don’t miss these sessions, which will include a mix of workshops, talks, and presentations covering subjects ranging from Scrum Values to games, to user stories.

    Non-Software Scrum

    Move beyond boundaries and explore Scrum for the whole organization. Most people associate Scrum with building software; yet any function, department, or discipline can benefit. Speakers will address applying Scrum to non-software products and services — from manufacturing to marketing, HR to finance. Learn how the speed and agility of Scrum practices can add value and optimize organizational performance in areas beyond IT.

    Organizational Transformation

    We all know the saying: The bigger the ship, the harder it is to turn. It’s a challenge facing anyone trying to transform their organization with Agile thinking and Scrum tools. Energizing stakeholders and earning consensus can be the most rewarding part of a transformation. Whatever your role, these sessions will provide you with real-world insights, case studies, and techniques for creating transformative and sustainable change. 

    Playing in the Scrum Sandbox

    Are you looking for a practical toolkit to help you facilitate your Scrum Team? Learn practices, tools, and games that strengthen team capabilities in ways that benefit almost any organization. Presenters will create an environment allowing ScrumMasters, team members, and Product Owners to try out tools, practice collaboration games, and dive deeply into communication techniques. 

    Past, Present, and Future (IEEE)

    Since the birth of Scrum and the Agile Manifesto, much has happened during the past decades, and much work is yet to be done. The industry has benefitted tremendously from the adoption of Agile and Scrum, which have changed how products and services are provided. 

    While we are all curiously wondering what will happen next, what are your thoughts about the future about Agile software development? What are your current challenges and good practices to be shared with the community? What were the learning points from your past experience?

    This track, Past, Present and Future, is a collaborative product between Scrum Alliance and IEEE Software. Together, we will learn from our past, examine our current status quo, and together, further enhance the industry. 


    Scrum in Industry & Manufacturing: Scrum concepts bring go-to-market cycles from years to months. This track shows you how to do that. In the three-day Scrum4HW™ track, Scrum Alliance brings you experience reports, concepts and hands-on workshops to create a new basis for physical product development: if you can kick it, you can Scrum it!™.  Whether you build cars, cellphones or boats this track is for people who bring products from concept to the manufacturing plant.

    Scrum in Government and Regulated Industries

    If you are an agilist supporting organizational transformation in a documentation-centric world, these sessions are for you. Learn to address the unique challenges of applying Scrum in government and other regulation-heavy environments. Topics include: balancing agility while maintaining security; coping with compliance requirements when one size doesn’t fit all; cutting through bureaucracy and fostering collaboration; marrying contractual requirements with Agile alternatives; using metrics to meet regulatory reports; maintaining agility when mission priorities change; simplifying within a structured environment; and, proving to leaders that to “fail fast” is beneficial!

    The Scrum Team

    Delve into all things Scrum Team with these presentations for every Scrum role. ScrumMasters will learn techniques to be a true servant leader who teaches and nurtures your team to its highest potential. Product Owners can gain insights into how to work with your team — from backlog through delivery — to get the best product to market and delight your customers. Team members and Developers, see how your peers use Agile practices, and how Agile patterns and practices are leading to new ways of thinking.

    Meet the new Gathering Team for the 2018 Minneapolis Global Scrum Gathering®

    The North American Gathering team will ease the burden of our event volunteers while ensuring the 2018 Gathering content is innovative, actionable, and inclusive of valuable sessions for Scrum practitioners from beginners to experts.

    Read team bios and more.

  • Schedule and Program

    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    15:00 - 18:00 Registration

    17:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    07:00 - 17:00 Registration

    09:00 - 10:30 Opening Keynote Billy McLaughlin

    10:30 - 11:00 AM Break

    11:00 - 11:45 45-Minute Sessions

    11:45 - 13:00 Lunch

    13:00 - 14:15 75-Minute Sessions

    14:15 - 14:30 Short Break

    14:30 - 15:45 75-Minute Sessions

    15:45 - 16:15 PM Break

    16:15 - 17:00 45-Minute Sessions

    18:00 - 21:00 Monday Mingle

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    09:00 - 09:15 Day 2 Opening

    09:30 - 09:50 20-Minute Sessions

    09:55 - 10:15 20-Minute Sessions

    10:00 - 10:15 Short AM Break

    10:15 - 11:45 Open Space - Open Circle and Marketplace

    11:45 - 12:45 Lunch

    12:45 - 13:30 Open Space - First Session

    13:30 - 13:45 Short Break

    13:45 - 14:30 Open Space - Second Session

    14:30 - 15:00 PM Break

    15:00 - 15:45 Open Space - Third Session

    15:45 - 16:00 Short PM Break

    16:00 - 17:00 Open Space - Close Circle

    17:00 - 19:00 Happy Hour

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    09:00 - 09:15 Day 3 Opening

    09:15 - 10:30 75-Minute Sessions

    10:30 - 11:00 AM Break

    11:00 - 11:45 45-Minute Sessions

    11:00 - 13:00 Lunch

    13:00 - 14:15 75-Minute Sessions

    14:15 - 14:45 PM Break

    14:45 - 15:30 45-Minute Sessions

    15:30 - 15:45 Short Break

    15:45 - 17:00 Closing Keynote

  • About the City

    Experience Minneapolis

    Minneapolis average temperatures range from 37.2°F (3°C) to a high of 55.1°F (12.8°C)

    Add some extra days to your trip, and make time to visit some unique sites and attractions that distinguish Minneapolis!
    For more information on Minneapolis and its attractions, visit the Minneapolis Hotels, Restaurants, Things to Do, and Visitor Guide website
  • Open Space Guidelines

  • Comments

  • Thank You to our Sponsors!


    Title Sponsor

    Agile For All helps people collaborate to succeed at complex work. We train and coach individuals, teams, and whole organizations to work in an agile way. Our clients range from startups to Fortune 50s and governments, from software companies to organizations without a single IT person.

    Platinum Sponsor

    collaborativeleadershipteam_trim-logo-(1).png Collaborative Leadership Team (CoLeadTeam) is the premier Agile Consultancy.  We believe that organizations that learn fast and can quickly adapt to change will lead in their industry. Organizations that build self-sustaining, learning environments by working differently can capture any opportunity and overcome any obstacle. To help organizations work differently, Collaborative Leadership Team provides customized training, coaching, and mentoring. We are different because our Agile Trainers and Coaches combine real-world delivery with in-depth training on Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Adult Education Techniques, Facilitation, and Team Development.  We bring deep knowledge in Software, Hardware, and Services delivery.  We have experience to prove that Agile can improve any endeavor and will help reduce your cost of change.

    For more information please visit us at CoLeadTeam.com.

    Gold Sponsors

    The Braintrust Consulting Group is a worldwide leader in Agile transformations. Through practical, hands-on training and enterprise and team coaching, we help our clients learn, plan, and implement Agile processes, such as Scrum and Kanban. Our goal is to teach our clients how to increase predictability of delivery, decrease time-to-market, and improve overall client satisfaction. Our newest program, Certified Agile Leader® is designed to develop the skills leaders need to create and communicate vision, empower self-managing teams, and drive, inspire, and embrace change and continuous improvement. We are here to help you grow through every step of your Agile journey.
    cPrime enhances the full lifecycle of product development with comprehensive solutions for adopting and scaling Agile methodologies and ALM software. The alignment of People, Processes and Technology solution sets build and optimize a lasting framework for client growth. We work with the most notable Fortune 500 organizations to provide training, consulting, and team augmentations to help teams and organizations adopt and scale Agile methodologies in addition to software licensing, software training, software migrations, hosting, support and more. Our solution sets span the full application lifecycle management pipeline to ensure quick and quality product delivery.

    Silver Sponsors

    For over 35 years, the Post-it® Brand has helped people be more productive, communicate better, and express themselves in a number of creative ways.
    Built for global scaling enterprises, the Perforce portfolio of products is helping organizations harness the Agile promise to deliver valuable products faster, continuously, and with higher quality. Notable solutions include Hansoft, an Agile project management tool empowering scaling teams with insights, transparency, and flexibility, and Helix ALM, an end-to-end lifecycle management tool giving Agile teams the deep traceability, documentation, and auditability required to deliver products — from requirements to test cases. The company’s version control solutions are well known for securely managing change while supporting tools your teams need to be productive. For more information, please visit www.perforce.com.

    Bronze Sponsors

    Enterprise Scrum is a management consulting, coaching, training, and certification company, that helps companies of all sizes drastically improve, by achieving more Business Agility with Enterprise Scrum.  Enterprise Scrum is the first fully explicit Business Agility and general-purpose, scaled, Agile Management framework.
    • Agilize and improve what’s most important with Enterprise Scrum:
    • Customer Experience
    • User Experience
    • Employee Experience
    • Profitability
    • Competitive Position
    • Risk Mitigation
    • Innovation
    Since 1985, Daugherty Business Solutions has specialized in helping companies think bigger and expect more, all while delivering results with a real-world approach. With expertise in the areas of enterprise planning, digital engagement, agile transformation, technology optimization, IoT and Mobile Applications, Information Management and more, Daugherty consultants are solving mission-critical projects for some of the most well-known companies in the world. Their partnering ability, proven methods, and team of 1,000+ consultants sets them apart in providing world-class strategy, technology and innovation across all industries and business functions. Discover the Daugherty Difference by visiting www.Daugherty.com.
    Scrum at Scale transforms organizations into Agile enterprises. The Scrum@Scale framework is the brainchild of Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum.


    Improving is a complete IT services firm, offering training, consulting, recruiting, project services and outsourcing. Our innovative solutions provide sustained, and meaningful value to our customers. We believe companies flourish when they operate in environments of trust so we aim to build that trust daily with our customers and each other.

    Business professionals learn in-demand skills to advance or change careers at the Institute for Professional Development (IPD). IPD programs and certificates (including Scrum) focus on delivering practical, high quality, demand-driven, and affordable non-credit workshop-style courses that empower participants to immediately apply their new knowledge, tools, and techniques to their careers.

    Interested in becoming a sponsor for the Global Scrum Gathering® Minneapolis 2018? Email corporaterelations@scrumalliance.org.


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