Roastin’ Agile: 1st Anniversary of Agile at Valpak

October 2012 marked the 1st anniversary of Agile here at Valpak.   It was October 17th of 2011 that we started Sprint #1 across multiple Scrum teams and haven’t stopped sprinting since.  In recognition of this momentous occasion, what better than a roast of the man himself, Agile.  We all know that we roast the ones that can take it and the ones we respect the most.  So, let’s roast Agile!

Agile arrived to the roast wearing his favorite “Respect The Sprint” shirt, care of

The structure of the roast was an open mic format, so teams (or anyone for that matter) could come up to the podium at any time to present or say a few words.  Most teams found or created videos for the event.  One Scrum team created a video spoof of a scene from the Office Space movie; the scene where they take the printer out and beat the crap out of it.

Since Agile couldn’t speak for himself, he brought along his playlist of music in response to being roasted.  Agile’s playlist was a diverse mix of tunes:

“Back In Black”, AC/DC
“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”, Beastie Boys & Santigold
“Revolution”, The Beatles
“Get Up Stand Up”, Bob Marley
“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”, Cage the Elephant
“Should I Stay Or Should I Go”, The Clash
“Titanium”, David Guetta & Sia
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ “, Judas Priest
“Die Another Day”, Madonna
“Don’t Tread On Me”, Metallica
“Uprising”, Muse
“Rock Star”, N.E.R.D.
“I Wanna Be Sedated”, Ramones
“Sympathy for the Devil”, The Rolling Stones
“Working Man”, Rush
“Stuck in the Middle with You”, Stealers Wheel
“Kiss Off”, Violent Femmes
“Seven Nation Army”, The White Stripes
“Don’t Tread On Me”, 311

All attendees received a party favor of a Pomodoro timer along with instructions for trying out the The Pomodoro Technique, a personal time-boxing method. The Pomodoro timers were each imprinted with “Be Agile @ Valpak”.

If you ever have a a need to celebrate something, have some fun, or just blow off some steam, I would definitely recommend the roast format.

About Stephanie Davis

Stephanie is now VP of Product Excellence at LeadingAgile focused on the growth, development, and delivery of some amazing agile products.  Recently, she spent the past two years as Executive Director - Enterprise Agility Office at Catalina leading another top-to-bottom, inside-out agile transformation.  Prior to that, Stephanie was Senior Director of Enterprise Agility at Valpak. She was with Valpak for 13 years, most of which were focused on leading their agile transformation to what became a world renowned success story published in case studies and demonstrated to over 50 different companies through the years via agile tours.  Prior to Valpak, Stephanie held past positions in the project management domain with AT&T and IBM. Stephanie's academic credentials include a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida and an MBA in International Business from the University of Bristol in England. She also maintains the Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials. Stephanie is big on tech community involvement!  Most recently, she served as an elected board member to the Agile Alliance, a non-profit organization with global membership, committed to advancing agile development values, principles, and practices. In addition, she serves her local community as an organizer for Tampa Bay Agile, the largest and most active tech Meetup in the area, and the annual Agile Open Florida event. In 2016, Stephanie was awarded Tampa Bay Tech’s Technology Leader of the Year and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s BusinessWoman of the Year (Tech) and Emerging Technology Leader of the Year. View all posts by Stephanie Davis

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