Software Process Improvement Network

 (C-SPIN) Meeting

AT&T Center Campus  

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192  

          Wednesday, January 18, 2012

6:00 - 7:00 PM – Atrium:  Registration & Networking (Bring your own refreshments!)

7:00 - 8:30 PM – Auditorium: Presentation

8:30 - 9:00 PM – Auditorium: additional Q&A and discussion



Build Agile Knowledge - Participate in a sprint!

Presenters:  Terri Spratt & Almir Drugovic of Nokia




You have heard about Agile. You probably know about the Agile manifesto and about Scrum and its ceremonies. You may have heard about the challenges of creating an Agile culture, issues in scaling Agile, and the myriad of other potential obstacles to becoming Agile and staying Agile in the long term. This evening you will have an opportunity to get the information you need.

Tonight you will be a part of a team performing a sprint, selecting and completing stories that contribute to our epic, “As a technical professional I need to know more about Agile and Scrum so that I can decide whether it is a useful model to meet the unique needs, culture, and environment of my organization and, if so, I will know what to do next.”

Two members of Nokia’s Agile Working Group will be our team and you will be Product Owners.  We already have a backlog of potential discussion topics (see below).

The team will begin the Scrum with a timeboxed planning meeting to establish the team and its objectives and then select our stories from the backlog. We will have a discussion to both understand our stories and to build our product…knowledge.  At regular intervals we will review our status, groom the backlog, and replan if needed. A review and retrospective will complete the sprint.


• Why Agile

• How Agile is Quality and Risks

• Measuring Value

• Where to Start

• How to Scale Agile to the Enterprise Level

• Role of Engineering Practices in Agile Success

• Co-located Teams in a Global Organization

• The Role of Managers in an Agile Environment 

• Evolutionary and Emergent Architecture

• How Coaching Evolves as Agile Scales

• Evolving the Culture of an Organization

• Implementing Agile in Non-IT Areas

• Sustaining Agile for the Long Term



About the Presenters

Terri Spratt is a professional Agile coach, trainer and facilitator, and is also Agile Transition Manager at NOKIA in Chicago.  She has over 15 years of software development experience, and specializes in helping organizations transition from waterfall to Agile/Scrum, including implementing the many cultural changes necessary to make a successful transition.  Terri is experienced in coaching teams to implement, continually improve and sustain Agile best practices for the long term.  She is also a professional facilitator and trainer, leading workshops and classes that help teams and organizations move to a higher level of Agility.

Almir Drugovic has over fifteen years of professional and technical experience, with over ten years experience managing large organizational initiatives and technology projects. Currently, Almir is responsible for enterprise adoption, scaling and continuous improvement of Agile at Nokia Location & Commerce, and is focused on helping the company transition to Agile.  Almir is one of the few Agile practitioners to have hands-on experience in a large scale Agile adoption effort, and his specialties include Waterfall to Lean and Agile transition, Business Process Management, large scale program management, business process reengineering, and maximizing value delivery by implementing Engineering Practices. 


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About C-SPIN

               C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality, and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations, and individuals are invited. For information about C-SPIN and its board, contact Tony Kvitek @

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