Agile Day in Connecticut

ANNOUNCING:  Agile Day in Connecticut! Featuring Keynote from Scrum Co-creator Ken Schwaber, Expert Session Speakers, and case studies of actual Agile adoptions going on in  Connecticut-based companies!


Date: Thursday February 09 2012

Time: 130PM to 530PM

Location: Microsoft offices in Farmington CT (map and directions)

Cost: $19 (Register here- limited seating)


This is an AFTERNOON 1/2 day conference event, designed for you to easily attend during your working day. You work the AM, go to lunch in your usual way, and then BOOK OFF the rest of the day to enjoy some of the best Agile sessions found anywhere!

Ken Schwaber
Ken Schwaber is our keynote speaker for Agile Day in Connecticut !!


We have Agile authority Ken Schwaber keynoting, then a great Agile-adoption case study from inside Connecticut, and more! Come and enjoy a great afternoon of Agile education and socializing with others who are adopting Agile in their Connecticut organizations !


COST is just $19 and includes light snacks and beverages. REGISTER HERE


Please consider our GREAT supporter of Agile Connecticut: RALLY SOFTWARE !!




Schedule and Agenda:

1:30PM Welcome and Check-In

1:45PM SESSION 1: Keynote Address by Ken Schwaber, Scrum.Org, on:


The Standish Group now reports that agile projects are three times more successful than waterfall. People are noticing. Ken will talk about some changes that he and Jeff made to Scrum, how future changes will emerge, and the clarified role of the Product Owner.


3:00PM SESSION 2: Joe Tindal and Brian Summers of MASTERCAM, on:


Brian Summers and Joe Tindal brought Agile ideas into their company about 1 year ago. Over 90 people are involved in some way in the transition to Agile at MASTERCAM. One year in, what has changed? What was easy? What is still hard? How easy is it to adopt Agile? What aspects of company culture can help or hurt your Agile adoption? This moderated panel discussion provides the answers.


4:15PM SESSION 3: Dan LeFebvre, Agile Coach on:

Self-Organization and Transparency: Team Freedom or a Path to Micro-Management?

With visible task boards, burncharts, and daily Scrums; the team has many tools to organize and manage themselves. But can management abuse these tools? Can it turn into a better way to micro-manage? One of the hardest habits that managers have trouble breaking is the need to drive the team by making task assignments and tracking the results. Even those who truly want to help their teams by managing the task board is not really serving them. Scrum calls for self-organizing teams. The Scrum Master’s job is to help teach the team to self-organize. We’ll talk about how to avoid the traps of micro-management and truly lead the team to freedom at work through self-organization.


5:15PM RAFFLE and DONE (books and other goodies !!)


Speaker Biographies:



Ken Schwaber is the Scrum pioneer who created Scrum with Jeff Sutherland in the 1990s. Ken is the leader of Scrum.Org, a credentialing and practitioner assessment organization dedicated to improving the professionalism of software development and Scrum practice worldwide. Read Ken’s Wikipedia profile here. Ken is a genuine pioneer of the Agile movement, participating in the creation of the Agile Manifesto, the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance.





Joe Tindal is the information technology manager at MASTERCAM in Tolland CT who spearheaded the study and adoption of Agile inside the organization. Joe attended numerous Agile-CT user group meetings, did web research and examined books in preparation for adopting Agile inside MASTERCAM.

Brian Summers is a founder and currently the Vice President of MASTERCAM, the leading CNC software company in the USA. MASTERCAM technology is used by thousands of manufacturing organizations, including some truly awesome companies such as Harley Davidson.



Dan LeFebvre is the founder of DCL Agility, LLC, a provider of agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services. He is the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England with over twenty years in software product development as a developer, manager, director, and coach. He has been applying agile practices to successfully deliver products since 2003.

Dan spent two years as the internal agile coach for Kronos, a Boston-based Software Company, where he coordinated and implemented Scrum within the 700 person engineering organization across all sites including Massachusetts, Atlanta, Chicago, Oregon, Montreal, British Columbia, Belgium and India. This resulted in increased visibility into the development process and a reduction in defects by 60% in 18 months.

Dan holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Professional, and Certified Scrum Coach. He has presented at the Scrum Gathering and local user groups and has contributed articles to the Scrum Alliance and Boston SPIN.



Dan Mezick

Dan Mezick is an expert adviser on Agile who delivers Agile coaching and guidance to teams, departments and corporate executives. He is the author of The Culture Game, a book of practices derived from Agile that managers use to promote more learning and agility inside their teams and the wider organization. His coaching clients include Mass Mutual, Hartford Insurance, CIGNA, Sikorsky Aircraft, Zappos Insights, Orpheus Orchestra, and dozens of mid-size organizations.

Dan is your master of ceremonies for the Agile Day in CT event, helping with organizing and facilitating the event,  moderating  panel discussions, and more. You can learn more about Dan and his Agile coaching practice, here.



COST IS $19 and includes light snacks and beverages. REGISTER HERE



Please consider our GREAT supporter of Agile Connecticut: RALLY SOFTWARE !!