Do you want to help your local community connect, learn and share from each other as they journey towards agility (or any endeavor)? Do you have a local user group that is struggling and needs a resuscitation? This talk will help you pump life back into your local user group. I have taken the local DC Scrum User Group that was starting to fade and brought it back to life with a fast growing membership base that regularly connects, learns and shares with each other multiple times per month. How did I do this? Come find out as I walk you through the various steps I took to reestablish the user group and engage thought leaders and luminaries to come speak at the user group.

When I took over, last year, our local DC Scrum User Group was just over 500 members and growing at a pace of about 20 members per month. Since then, we have grown to almost 1300 members and growing at 50-60 new members per month. We typically have multiple meetings a month that are a mix of presentations, workshops and webinars.

 
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  • Paint picture of struggling local user group
    • Don't have a meeting place
    • Can't line up speakers
    • Can't find sponsors
  • Set a vision for the user group
  • Connect the community to help each other out
  • Value proposition for sponsors (What's in it for them?)
  • Value proposition for speakers
  • Get the word out
  • Meeting execution and engagement
    • Essential items
    • Food and refreshments
    • Retrospectives
  • A little organization goes a long way
  • Get out there and connect your community
  • What is one thing you will do?

Learning Outcome

  • Techniques for lining up speakers and sponsors
  • Techniques for successful meeting execution
  • Techniques for marketing

Target Audience

Managers, Agile Coach, ScrumMaster, Program Managers, Community Leaders

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