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 Davis is Senior Director of Enterprise Agility & Digital Product Leadership at Cox Target Media. In this role, Stephanie champions agility across the enterprise, leads the Agile PMO, and manages the CTM portfolio while also overseeing the Digital Product Leadership team. Stephanie leads the team of Agile Project Leaders in the roles of ScrumMaster, Kanban Lead, and/or Agile Project Manager as well as overseeing the IT Business Analysts. Stephanie is a career project leader with over 16 years in the field, including past positions with AT&T Business and IBM Global Services, and has maintained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since early in her career. She also maintains the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials. Her academic credentials include a BS in Marketing and an MBA in International Business. Stephanie serves and supports Agile within her community and beyond as organizer for the Tampa Bay Agile Meetup and the Agile Open Florida. Most recently, Stephanie has been elected to the Agile Alliance board for the 2015 to 2017 term. View all posts by Stephanie Davis

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