2017 July 25th San Fernando Valley Evening Meeting

Tuesday, July 25th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
DeVry University, Sherman Oaks
Speaker: Scott M. Graffius
Topic: Agile Scrum: An Overview

speaker scott graffius

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 best meet their business needs and successfully manage projects. 

This presentation provides a relatively quick overview of Scrum, the most popular agile project development and delivery framework.

Agile Scrum encompasses a powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement.

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

***A COPY OF THE BOOK TITLED: "Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions" BY SCOTT M. GRAFFIUS WILL BE RAFFLED AT THE END OF THE EVENING***

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, PMP, CSM, ITIL, LSSGB 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.

Scott 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 Project Management Professional® (PMP®), Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®), 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® Internet of Things Community, and the IEEE® Consultants Network.

Scott 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 development and delivery framework. It encompasses a powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast delivery time, and continuous improvement.

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 publication with the best-in-class Five Stars designation. Literary Classics gave the guide their Seal of Approval. The book has also been honored with first-place wins in eight national and international competitions.

Scott resides in Los Angeles, California.


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:
DeVry University
15301 Ventura Blvd,
Building D-100
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403


Parking Instructions:

  1. Enter through the Self-Park Sepulveda Blvd entrance, on Galleria Gateway. Please enter through the far right lane ONLY. There is a sign at that lane that states “DeVry Student/Faculty parking”. 
  2. Pull a parking ticket. Enter the parking structure.  
  3. Drive up to the 5th level (rooftop) which is the DESIGNATED parking area for DeVry University visitors. 
  4. Once on the rooftop, park and scan your ticket at the scanning machine* located on the wall to the left of the Emergency Exit stairwell near the Comerica Building. That machine should stamp your ticket with an “F”. 

    You may wish to locate the machine and scan your ticket prior to parking 

  5. The rooftop scan is TIME SENSITIVE. You have 15 minutes* from the time you enter the Galleria parking structure at the self-park entrance to scan the ticket you received at entry on the rooftop. Scans completed After 15 minutes are NOT accepted as validated by Galleria parking staff and are subject to posted parking rates.

    The current weekday rate is $2.10 each 15 minutes, with a daily maximum of $21 

    *Please note: If you do not complete the rooftop scan (Step 4) within 15 minutes, the validation machine in the Admissions/Student Central office will be unable to read your ticket. Without proper validation you will be subject to pay the regular parking    rate mentioned above when exiting.   

  6. Visitors should validate their scanned ticket at the DeVry University campus Front Desk.

    When validated properly the “F” on your ticket will be covered with an “H"


Free: There is no fee for this event


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


Postponement / Cancelation
This event may be canceled or postponed, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


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