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Kick off meeting for Stammtisch (Scrumtisch)

20 Oct 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location Infusionsoft
2065 W. Obispo Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
United States of America



Contact Information
Ken R. Ward
Email Ken R. Ward


Topic:   Stammtisch (Scrumtisch)


The word Stammtisch is German. It is not easily translated into English but it means something like "regular's table" or "regular get-together".

Literally speaking, the word Stammtisch is a table in a bar or restaurant which is reserved for the same guests at the same time every day or every week. There is usually a sign on the table saying "Stammtisch". If you don't belong to this table, don't attempt to sit there! In the most traditional German beer halls there is a large brass plaque above the table with the word Stammtisch printed on it in bold lettering.

There can be all kinds of Stammtisch. There are those simply for friends to drink together. Or those for specific interest groups - say a "philosophy discussion Stammtisch" or a "stamp collectors Stammtisch". (As in our case it will be called the Scrumtisch to focus discussions on Scrum related topics of interest.)

We will follow the Scrum Framework for the meeting .

  • Create Backlog of topics for discussion.
  • Prioritize the Backlog of topics.
  • Timebox the top two for a 30 minute discussion each.
Speaker Bio:  Ken Ward,  CSP
Ken has over 30 years experience in the IT field working his way through Operations to Software Development up to Project Management. He has been involved with several successful Scrum implementations at fortune 500 companies, (Key Bank, General Mills, Target and WalMart) and has had experience with several high profile state government projects throughout his career. He has assisted traditional PMO's in the transition to adopting the new metrics that Agile has to offer. His first Scrum project in 2000 was delivered ahead of time and under budget.
His new startup company "Agile Foundation Training, Corporation" will be sponsoring this meeting and will have a drawing for a free pass to his beta course 'Agile Foundation Training course' on October 24th, 25th and 26th.
Ken helped co-found the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group.
Now the fun stuff – Ken has a wife, two great kids aged 25 and 30 and one granddaughter age 5.  Ken’s hobbies include fly fishing, soccer, and an avid 'foodie'. (If you have any tips on any great restaurants let me know!)