2017 July 25th San Fernando Valley Evening Meeting

Tuesday, July 25th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location TBD

Speaker: Scott M. Graffius, PMP, CSM, ITIL, LSSGB
Topic: Agile Scrum: An Overview

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There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products and services, and most methodologies fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile.

Traditional practices engage sequential development, while agile models involve iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to meet their business needs and successfully manage projects. This presentation provides a relatively quick overview of Scrum, the most popular agile project management and delivery framework.

The title of this presentation is Agile Scrum: An Overview.  It's also known as Agile Scrum in 10 Sections, and 10 Success Factors. 


How You Will Benefit:

  • Learn the roles, responsibilities, tools and techniques unique to Agile Scrum
  • Gain a high-level understanding of the Agile Scrum framework — from Vision to Release
  • Learn top success factors for Agile Scrum

What Will Be Covered:

  • Introductions
  • Agile Scrum in 10 Sections
    1. Vision
    2. Product Roadmap and Release Plan
    3. Team Formation
    4. Product Release Backlog
    5. Sprint Planning Part 1
    6. Sprint Planning Part 2 (Sprint Backlog)
    7. Sprint Execution
    8. Sprint Review
    9. Sprint Retrospective
    10. Product Release
  • 10 Success Factors
  • Q&A
  • Feedback & Wrap-up

Who Should Attend:

This presentation provides those interested in Agile Scrum with a relatively quick overview of the framework. Attendees may be business analysts, customers, developers, executives, IT managers, process leads, product owners, PMO or Center of Excellence staff, project managers, sponsors, technical architects, testers, or other interested or involved individuals.

About the Speaker:

Scott M. Graffius is a technology leader, entrepreneur, and an award-winning author.

He founded and is CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions, a consultancy specialized in project, program, portfolio, and PMO management inclusive of agile, traditional, and hybrid frameworks. He leverages his expertise, professional standards, and industry best practices to help companies achieve significant business results, such as strategically aligned initiatives, faster time-to-market, upgraded on-time delivery, improved on-budget delivery, higher satisfaction, and greater competitive advantage.

Graffius is a former vice president of a provider of diverse consumer products and services over the Internet including social networking and internet access. Before that, he worked in organizations with businesses ranging from advanced technology products and services to business services, retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, and entertainment. He has experience with consumer, business, reseller, government, and international customer markets, as well as international experience spanning 20 countries.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Human Factors. His credentials include Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB), and IT Service Management Foundation (ITIL) certifications. He is a member of the Scrum Alliance, the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, the IEEE Consultants Network, and the IEEE Internet of Things Community.

He was a member of PMI standards team that produced the Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures—Second Edition. Some of his recent engagements with the PMI include: Reviewer of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge—Sixth Edition (scheduled to be published in Q3 of 2017), Subject Matter Expert reviewer of content for PMI Global Congress 2016, and Judge for PMI 2015 Professional Education Provider of the Year Award.

Graffius released Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions to provide those interested or involved in innovation, project management, product development, software development or technology management with an authoritative roadmap to easily and quickly implement Scrum, the most popular agile project management and delivery framework.

Reactions to the book have been incredibly positive. The Midwest Book Review wrote: "Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is an all-inclusive instruction guide that is impressively 'user-friendly' in tone, content, clarity, organization, and presentation.” Readers' Favorite awarded the book with the best-of-class Five Stars designation. The book was recognized by the Fifth Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards as the winner in two categories – Business-General, and Technology. The 2016 London Book Festival selected the book as the winner in the Business category. The publication was named Best Business Book by the Fall 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. It won first place in the Informational (Business) category at the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards.

Graffius resides in the greater Los Angeles area.


Meeting Agenda:
6:00 - 6:30 pm Registration and Networking
6:30 - 7:00 pm Chapter Announcements
7:00 - 7:55 pm Guest Speaker
7:55 - 8:00 pm Adjournment and Closing Remarks

Location Information:

Parking Instructions:
$3 if entering the Galleria Parking Garage after 4pm

Free: There is no fee for this event

PDU Credit:
PMPs will receive 1 PDU in Technical category for attending this event.  

Questions or Comments:
Contact the PMI-LA SFV Meeting Director SFV.Meeting@pmi-la.org