Scrum Day Presenter and Topics

John Gillespie

John is a technology and transformation executive with significant experience in data centers, solutions architecture, and continuous delivery. This includes mobile application development and product management in financial institutions. For the past 10 years, he has guided organizations in the adoption of Lean/Agile frameworks, and he has been integral in leading enterprise-wide transformations. As an entrepreneur, John founded two profitable technology firms. He sold one to a publicly traded company and the other to a venture capital firm. Through his affiliation as a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with, he is licensed to teach all of the classes, and often mentors Springhouse clients in the region. He earned an MBA in finance and leadership from NYU Stern School of Business, plus an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Economics.

Session 1 Topic

The Four Key Value Areas of Evidence-Based Management

Evidence-Based Management is about measuring what matters, but more specifically, it is about understanding why something matters. Velocity, delivered requirements, quantity of fixed defects, hours spent, and completion milestones are metrics many organizations focus on but do they matter to your customer? Just because we can measure it doesn’t mean we should measure it. Have you heard of the Hawthorne effect? Let’s think about measures that reflect the changes that matter to our customers. Once we determine the right metrics for products and stakeholders, we need to ask ourselves if the outcome produced the desired impact? This breakout session focuses on the four Key Value Areas of Evidence-Based Management. It will demonstrate how metrics in each of these areas will help you rapidly and consistently deliver value to your clients over time.

Session 3 Topic

Professional Scrum with UX: Validating Outcomes and Quantifying Impacts

The Scrum framework helps keep us on the rails with empiricism. The output of each sprint, according to the Scrum guide, should be working software. Producing working software every 30 days in itself was a huge step forward from traditional software development methods when it was common to wait a year or more to put something in the hands of the customer. But, it doesn’t go far enough by itself. There are many complimentary Agile practices Scrum teams use to improve their ability to satisfy their customers. Integrating user experience (UX) design skills into the Scrum team is one Agile practice worth exploring. UX and design move us closer toward Agile’s customer-centric goal of satisfying the user with frequent and high-quality valuable product delivery. If the increment produced each sprint equates to an output, let’s explore how can we position our Scrum teams to understand the importance of goals and outcomes. Let’s discuss what practices we need to include to validate outcomes and to quantify impacts.

Scrum Day Overview

Scrum Day is coming to Greater Philadelphia. Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Agile practitioners are all invited to learn from and engage with certified Scrum experts as they lead a full day of focused discussions on a variety of Scrum topics. The keynote speech will explore the “Future of Work,” and supporting breakout sessions will tackle topics like Evidence-Based Management, Scrum with UX, Fixing Scrum, Scrum with Kanban, Agile Metrics, Effective Backlog Refinement, the Psychology of Influence, and more.

Scrum Day, organized by Springhouse and hosted at The Desmond in Malvern, PA , is a one-day conference for 100 Scrum practitioners in the Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs to learn more about the future of work from leaders and experienced Scrum and Agile experts.

Date + Time

Thursday, November 14, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Evolve your Agile mindset. Refine you Scrum practice.
Engage in inspired discussions with certified Scrum experts.

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