The Critical Need for Sprint 0

Oct 21 2014 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
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The Critical Need for Sprint 0
The purpose of Sprint 0 is to prepare a team, management, and key stakeholders for the project’s first sprint. This presentation addresses the preparation details critical to an Agile project prior tostartup, which is something that is often overlooked and that frequently results in project failure. It is amazing how many times this essential activity is taken for granted, overlooked, or ignored. Inadequate project planning and preparation occurs with all projects – Agile and traditional. And Sprint 0, also known as Iteration 0, it is not unique to Scrum projects.

Some of the project preparation and planning activities and resources include requirements, budgeting, people with the appropriate skill sets, infrastructure, training, some preliminary architecture, critical interface identification, and establishing critical environments. Also, management, DevOps, and key stakeholder support is paramount to success. Traditional project preparation and the amount of planning are often determined by how much time there is available or remaining to prepare and plan – big mistake! The goal is to provide you with sufficient information regarding Sprint 0 before jumping in with both feet at project startup.

This presentation is recommended for core team members (including Scrum Masters and Product Managers or Product Owners), all levels of management, architects, analysts, developers, testers, sponsors, program / project managers, support personnel, and other key stakeholders.

About our Speakers:: Dick Carlson
Dick Carlson has applied more than four decades of his extensive software and systems engineering backgrounds and practical knowledge and experiences to demonstrate how to implement Agile and Lean principles in the software engineering, IT, manufacturing, and systems engineering domains within aerospace, academia, finance, and the Department of

During the last two decades, Dick demonstrated his experience leading transformations to organizations and teams in the development and deployment of high quality software products using Agile, Lean, and Scrum practices. He has developed and conducted many Agile- and Lean-based courses specifically designed for executives, project teams, Scrum Masters, Product and Project Managers, Product Owners, coaches, customers, users, and other key stakeholders. He actively coached teams for more than 20 years using Agile and Lean Project Management fundamentals, and mentored individuals at all levels to ensure successful project execution. Dick’s coaching support has successfully helped many organizations, programs, and projects varying in size from 6 to more than 2,000 engineers that ranged in costs from $50,000 to more than $1.4B.

Dick actively presents at conferences and closely collaborates with the Department of Defense and Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) on the application of Agile and Scrum on non-software projects. He has presented papers at conferences sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the Association for Configuration and Data Management (ACDM), and at the U.S. Air Force’s Software Technology Conferences
(STC). His personal experiences using Scrum on non-software projects include the design mission planning software, weapon systems, GPS tracking systems, aircraft simulation equipment, pilot training systems, satellite launching platforms and tracking systems, test and simulation laboratories, acquisition activities, engineering and legal documentation, fitness and strength equipment, and requirements development. Dick has proven that there is no limit to what Scrum can do for any project.

Mr. Carlson is a co-founder and managing partner of Agile & Lean Education Associates (ALEA). Dick used basic Scrum practices to manage and form the start-up of the ALEA that began late 2013. He is dedicated to teaching what he has learned through decades of experience by means of Agile and Lean training and the right amount of coaching to those who seek a near-term ROI and increase in their competitive advantage. The ALEA website ( provides information about who they are and what they do.


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