5:30 PM17:30

User Group Meeting with Ken Rubin

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Topic: Beyond Agile Pilot Stage? Time to Embrace Agile Budgeting, Planning, and Cost Accounting

Traditional forms of budgeting, planning, and cost accounting do not align well with agile-based development. For example, detailed up-front annual budgets and business plans, utilization-based planning and execution, and large budgeting and planning batches can thwart or even compromise the downstream agile development process. And cost accounting measures that are based on standards that assume development will proceed in a waterfall fashion don’t work well and can have severe economic consequences when agile is the predominant development style.

This presentation offers sound strategies to help fiscally responsible companies reap the real benefits of agility by better aligning high-level budgeting, planning, and cost accounting with downstream agile development. Learn how to avoid the damage caused when senior management operates the company using one set of principles and downstream teams develop with a different set of principles. 

Ken Rubin is the author of Amazon’s #1 best selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. As an agile thought leader, Ken founded Innolution where he helps organizations thrive through the application of agile principles in an effective and economically sensible way. He has coached over 200 companies ranging from startups to Fortune 10, and is an angel investor and mentor to numerous exciting startups. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 25,000 people in agile / Scrum as well as object-oriented technology. He was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the world of work using Scrum. 

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Agile Day'
9:00 AM09:00

Agile Day'

  • Pace University - Gottesman Room in the Kessel Student Center (1st floor) (map)
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If you are a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Manager, Leader or any type of Change Agent in an organization that’s running into challenges while trying to implement an Agile Transformation, you need to attend this years hands on and interactive Agile Day which will have a focus around Challenges for Agile Organizational Change.

Come join your peers and have real conversations about the impediments you encounter while trying to transform and together propose solutions.

In a serene setting at Pace University’s Westchester Campus in Pleasantville (an easy commute from Midtown Manhattan), this year’s Agile Day will be unique like none before because YOU will draw the outcomes of the day in a 2-part approach.


Learn about and understand the benefits of conducting “Opportunity Spaces” - a concept introduced by Sweta Mistry from our A-Team which is built on the foundation of Open Space Technology.

We will then experience the first public Opportunity Space to build an Organizational Change Map as a group.

Part 2:

Post-lunch, as a continuation to the day we will have our traditional Open Space around the question:

 “How do we alleviate Organizational Change Impediments and Take Action?"

And, as always, we will end with beer and hor d'oeuvres.

So, regardless of how large or small the challenges you may be encountering in turning your organization Agile, you will walk away with conversations and potential solutions from others who are also challenged with similar problems and are hands on practitioners like yourself. Don’t miss this unique Agile Day from AgileNYC.


By Train:  Use Metro North from Grand Central Terminal to Pleasentville on the Harlem Line. Pace University offers a free shuttle service every 15 Minutes between the train station and the campus. The pick-up location is at the intersection of Memorial Plaza and Bedford Road right at the train station of Pleasentville. There is also a sign that says "Pace University Shuttle Bus Stop".


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8:30am - 9:30am: Registration and Breakfast
9:30am - 9:45am: Opening
9:45am -10.00am:  Opportunity Space Intro and instructions
10am - 12pm: Rotations in the Opportunity Space
12pm - 1.00pm: Lunch
1pm - 3:30pm: Open Space
3:30pm -4.00pm: Closing
4.00pm - 5.00pm: Social

Walking Directions from Pleasantville Train Station to Pace

By Car:  

Pace University – Westchester Campus
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Enter Pace University campus through Entrance 1. Make an immediate right and then make a left at the stop sign. Continue down the hill to locate parking area F (which is alongside the Miller/Lienhard Buildings). Take the stairs on the left side of the Lienhard Building to get to the Kessel Student Center Gottesman Room. There will be directional signs for roads and walking paths.

Sweta Mistry  - Faciliator

Sweta Mistry  - Faciliator

Sweta Mistry is an Organizational Transformation Coach with an Agile focus. She has 17+ years of professional experience in industries including manufacturing, retail, education, non-profit, marketing, and media. Her journey from a developer to a coach was a result of her focused interest in human behaviors/relationships, psychology, and humanizing processes.

She has a passion for all things related to Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and bringing those aspects out in her teams. 

As a "Humanizer" and change agent she encourages organizations to identify with core innate qualities to realize individual potential and develop habits that can positively impact both aspects of one’s personal and professional lives. 

Her current research to create “Opportunity Spaces” is built on a foundation from some concepts of  Harrison Owen's Open Space Technology. She strongly believes that given some organizational structure and support, individuals can thrive in a self-organizing and autonomous environment with the intent of positive outcomes and overall joy.

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