Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting

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Thursday, May 4, 2006

Informal Networking 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Presentation 7:00 – 8:30 PM


 Schaumburg Township District Library

130 S. Roselle Road

Schaumburg, IL 60193


The Basic Scrum Engine

What makes agility work”   


Douglas Shimp, CST, CSP

Net Objectives



Scrum is a very popular and effective method of developing software. This seminar gives a brief description of the philosophy behind Scrum, the Scrum method, the roles involved, and additional topics that augment and enhance Scrum. The attendees will leave with an understanding of how and why Scrum works, and hence why Scrum is a popular management method.  Scrum is best defined (on Ken Schwaber's website, as:

"… an agile, lightweight process that can be used to manage and control software and product development using iterative, incremental practices. Wrapping existing engineering practices, including Extreme Programming and RUP, Scrum generates the benefits of agile development with the advantages of a simple implementation. Scrum significantly increases productivity and reduces time to benefits while facilitating adaptive, empirical systems development."

Scrum is an agile process to manage and control development work. It is an iterative team-based approach that incrementally develops systems and products in the face of ambiguity and change. In addition:

Scrum is a wrapper for existing engineering practices.

Scrum teams produce demonstrable product at the end of each iteration.

Scrum manages the chaos of conflicting interests and needs.

Scrum improves communications and maximizes co-operation.

Scrum causes detection and removal of anything that is getting in the way of development.

Scrum is scalable from single projects to entire organizations.

Scrum is a way for everyone to feel good about their jobs, their contributions, and know that they have done the very best they possibly could.

Who should attend:

Anyone who wants to understand Scrum and how it fits into a software development process.

About the Presenter

Douglas E. Shimp is a CST (Certified ScrumMaster Trainer), a CSP (Certified Scrum Practitioner), and a Use Case expert. He has 16 years experience in the technology field. One of his distinctions is his focus on the interaction of technology and corporate cultural issues. He is currently writing a book on "The Product Owner." He is certified by both Cockburn and Associates to teach “Writing Effective Use Cases” and Advanced Development Methods as a ScrumMaster Trainer. Doug is a Senior Consultant with Net Objectives.


6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking and Registration (free)

7:00 – 7:10 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Introductions

7:10 – 8:10 p.m. Presentation

8:10 – 8:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session

Driving Directions

The library is at 130 S. Roselle Road 3.8 miles south of Algonquin Rd (62). The meeting is in the Rasmussen Room. For more specific directions go to

Future Program Schedule

Thursday, June 1, 2006, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Schaumburg Township District Library, Schaumburg

Topic: CMMI

John Walz, The Sutton Group


No Program in July or August.

About C-SPIN

C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, Alan Berow, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Alan Cohen, Susan Davidowski, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, Bob Freer, George Gatsis, Tony Kvitek, Karen Mermel, Donna Miller, and Bob Stalzer.

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 more information regarding this meeting, C-SPIN, or the steering committee, contact Karen Mermel at

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