The Zombie Retrospective - presented by Tommie Adams 

So they say the retrospective is one of the strongest and most powerful tools in the agile scrum methodology tool kit, and is often overlooked or skipped. So how does a scrum master find ways to creatively explain and express the importance of this agile scrum ceremony, or even the basics of agile scrum in general. How does the scrum master explain the importance of banding together as a team in this brave new agile scrum world.  In many organizations, nowadays, the teams are even made up of outside vendors as well as in house associates. So how do you even start to pique the interest and the importance of team collaboration to a bunch of folks who are strangers to one another on a agile scrum team?  Even more specifically, how do you explain how the retrospective ceremony will help improve the way they work with one another over time?

My answer: ZOMBIES!!!  Everyone loves zombies, right?  So come, take a bite!

Tommie works for Marriott International in Bethesda MD. His background is in theater and communication which he studied at Grinnell College in Iowa. He has worked for Marriott International for 26 years with jobs ranging from reservation sales associate, to group sales manager, to functional IT tester to his current position as scrum master for the Marriott Rewards Agile Scrum Team. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, his hobbies include photography, cello and learning the ukulele, (you know, in case you were curious.) 

 
 

Outline/structure of the Session

35-40 min presentation of agile scrum with focus on how to get team interested in working together and the importance of the scrum ceremonies, specifically the retrospective. 

Open floor to questions for last 5-10 minutes to Q & A. 

Learning Outcome

Finding imaginative and creative ways to get team interested in agile scrum and a new way of thinking of how to work together as team, as well as how to improve they way the team works over time. 

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Scrum Team Members, Those just curious about agile scrum.

Requirements

Room set up classroom style is fine. Aisle down middle would be nice but not necessary. 

Would like a white board and markers if possible. 

I will have a power point presentation for projection on a monitor,  as well as need equipment or a way to play music thru speaker system.

I may bring additional lighting (two colored up lights) and extension chords I will bring - so just a power strip would be nice if available.  

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