[AUG] FW: APN Event 5 - Scaling Agile: Rolling out Scrum to the Yahoo!Enterprise

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  • Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 09:28:14 +1200

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From: APN [mailto:rsvp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Sunday, 3 August 2008 10:36 p.m.
To: Edwin Dando
Subject: APN Event 5 - Scaling Agile: Rolling out Scrum to the Yahoo!Enterprise


Scaling Agile: Rolling out Scrum to the Yahoo! Enterprise - Gabrielle Benefield

Date:           Mon 18th August 5.00 to 7.30 pm; (speaker start at 5.30 pm 

Place:          Air New Zealand, Fanshawe Street, Auckland. 

Auditorium, Ground Floor. Access via the main entrance

Who:             All welcome.

The invitation may be sent on; however, to avoid disappointment, please 
register with  <mailto:rsvp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> rsvp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
by Wed 13th August 

The APN Working Party is delighted to announce that Gabrielle Benefield, an 
internationally recognised Agile trainer, Agile coach and Agile thought leader, 
will speak at the next APN event.

Gabrielle Benefield

Scaling Agile - Rolling out Scrum to the Yahoo! Enterprise

Gabrielle Benefield as Senior Director of Agile Development at Yahoo helped 
migrate nearly 200 teams to Scrum over 30 months, totaling over 1500 people.  
The projects ranged from consumer-facing, design-heavy websites like Yahoo! 
Photos, to the mission-critical back-end infrastructure of services like Yahoo! 
Mail, which serves hundreds of millions of customers; they range from entirely 
new products like Yahoo! Podcasts, which used Scrum from concept through launch 
(and won a Webby Award for best product in its category that year), to more 
incremental projects, which included work on new features as well as bug fixes 
and other maintenance; and Yahoo! Scrum for distributed projects, where the 
teams were on separate continents. 

Gabrielle will talk about how the Scrum rollout at Yahoo! went and also talk 

Ø  How Scrum was perceived by the Yahoo! community (Scrum teams, users, 
managers, etc)

Ø  What pitfalls to avoid

Ø  Some war stories - why Scrum isn't a silver bullet

Ø  When and when you should consider using Scrum?

At the end of her talk Gabrielle will be open to Q & A from the audience.


Map - Air New Zealand


About the Speaker

Gabrielle Benefield

Gabrielle was Senior Director of Agile Development at Yahoo! leading Yahoo!'s 
large-scale corporate adoption of Scrum, which now encompasses more than 200 
teams projects and over 1500 employees in the US, India, Europe, and Asia.  She 
is co-author of The Scrum Primer ( <http://www.scrumprimer.com/> 

Gabrielle holds a Masters of Digital Design from the University of Western 
Sydney, Australia and has over 16 years building enterprise software and web 
products at global companies.  Gabrielle is a regular conference speaker 
presenting papers and talks on Enterprise Agile and Agile User Experience and 

Gabrielle provides training to a number of companies around the world and is 
currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area but will soon be moving to sunny 


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