Tips for a Smoother Running Sprint

Agile Ottawa Meetup: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Networking from 6:00-6:30pm; presentation from 6:30-8:00pm. Location is Adobe’s offices on Preston Street.

No charge to attend. RSVP (requested but not required) through Meetup. Can’t attend? Watch the live video stream.


Teams face many challenges during a Sprint.  Some of them, such as requests that seemingly come out of the blue or getting answers to questions from the Product Owner, are common to both collocated and distributed teams.  Others such as communication and time zone challenges are more often found with distributed teams.

In this session, Steffan talks about different challenges teams may face during a Sprint and presents different techniques teams can use to help make their their Sprints run more smoothly.

Presentation Outline

  • Introduction
  • General Communication Challenges
  • Team Communication
  • Daily Scrums
  • Handling New Requests
  • Handling stories the team cannot complete during a sprint
  • Question Period


Steffan Surdek is currently an Agile Coach in the financial industry.  Prior to that, he worked at IBM Canada where he coached distributed Agile teams, was one of the co-leads of the IBM Agile Community, and facilitated two-day Disciplined Agile Development workshops.  He is an active member of the Montreal Agile community and has written on Agile methods and globally distributed development for developerWorks and Dr Dobbs Journal.   He has worked in the software development industry for over fifteen years as a software developer, architect, project manager, and team leader. Steffan has managed and coordinated large-scale projects with teams distributed in as many as five countries–India, Egypt, Israel, China and Canada.

Steffan is one of the co-authors of the IBM Press book “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum”.

2 responses to “Tips for a Smoother Running Sprint

  1. Pingback: Agile Ottawa: Nov 9 – Tips for a smoother running sprint | Talk Software

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