January 25, 2016
Congratulations Valpak! 100 Sprints and Still Agile Strong
This past Friday, Valpak celebrated its 100th sprint with a Sprint Review celebration like no other. Just to put this milestone into perspective …
Sprint 1 started back on October 14, 2011. That means 100 (mostly 2-week) sprints took us 4.25 years which in working time equates to …
- 220 Weeks
- 1,100 Days
- 8,800 Hours
- 528,000 Seconds
Or put another way, we accomplished …
- 8,462 Stories
- 38,091 Story Points
- 42,310 Tasks
- 6,400 Standups (that’s a lot of calories burnt)
- ∞ Value Delivered
We moved our Sprint Reviews out of a conference room and into our main break area.
Teams performed their Sprint Review while also paying tribute to the 100th sprint milestone in their own way.
We celebrated our 100th sprint with a 100 cupcake salute.
Each cupcake represented a sprint. A flag was placed in each cupcake with the most significant accomplishment of that sprint across all teams.
You could literally eat your favorite (or not so favorite) sprint.
We did a random drawing based on the sprint number of the cupcake you ate.
At the end of the Sprint Reviews, Chris Cate (CIO & EVP) said a few words of appreciation and encouragement. Notice the CIO Magazine cover we Photoshopped for the occasion.
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.
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January 25th, 2016 at 8:47 pm
Absolutely outstanding! Congrats ValPak Team! That’s a lot of hard work and perseverance. Great example for those in the weeds going through transformation at all levels. Thanks for sharing your journey with us all.