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GTIS Branch - SCRUM – What about it and how can we make it work for us?
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When: Thursday, May 25, 2017
From 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM PDUs: 1.5
Where: Room 2029
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
33 Russell Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2S1
Presenter: Alexandra Ursea

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Event Type: GTIS Branch Event

Speaker: Alexandra Ursea

Title: SCRUM – What about it and how can we make it work for us? - Understanding Agile values and principles and how Scrum fits into the Agile movement. Recognizing what “doing” Scrum means and what changes are required in an organization for a successful implementation of the framework. 


Agile is not a methodology. The Agile movement is a response to the failure of the dominant software development project management paradigms (including waterfall) and borrows many principles from lean manufacturing.  It seeks alternatives to traditional project management. Agile approaches help teams respond to unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences and empirical feedback. 

Agile is a mindset, a set of values and principles. It is a new way of working to realize business value sooner. “Being Agile” and “doing Agile” are two different concepts. 

Scrum is part of the agile movement.  How does Scrum fit into Agile? The Agile Manifesto doesn’t provide concrete steps. Organizations usually seek more specific methods to adopting a product delivery framework. 

Scrum is an empirical framework for learning. Scrum is the most popular way of introducing agile frameworks due to its simplicity and flexibility. Because of this popularity, many organizations claim to be “doing Scrum” but aren’t doing anything close to it. 

Scrum is a management framework for incremental product development using one or more cross-functional, self-organizing teams of 7 to 9 people each. 

It provides a set of roles, responsibilities, meetings and artifacts that never change. Teams are responsible for creating and adapting their processes within this framework. 

Scrum relies on the “inspect and adapt” feedback loops to cope with complexity and risk. It emphasizes decision making from real-world results rather than speculation. By removing unnecessary unpredictability, we’re better able to cope with the necessary unpredictability of continuous discovery and learning. 


At this sesssion, you will learn about: 

Agile versus Scrum 
Changes required for an agile framework implementation to be successful in an organization. 
Scrum Framework, Events, Roles and Responsibilities 
Scrum Values and Artifacts 
Scrum Advantages and Disadvantages 
Role of the Project Manager in Scrum


Alexandra is an experienced professional with more than 15 years extensive experience in Information Technology, 10 years’ experience in Software Development and more than 6 years of experience in leading all phases of IT Projects using a mix of Waterfall and Agile frameworks. Alexandra started working as a Programmer Analyst and held various roles such as IT Internal Consultant, Project Coordinator, Project Manager and lately Scrum Master. 

Alexandra has a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and a Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science degree from University of Waterloo. She has been a PMP since 2011. She is also a CSM, CAL1 and a Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Practitioner. 

Alexandra started volunteering with PMI-Toronto GTIS branch in June 2015 and is now the Portfolio Director for the Quarterly Workshop Events.

5:30 PM - Registration & Networking with Light Snacks & Refreshments
6:20 PM - Announcements & Introductions
6:30 PM - Presentation Starts
7:55 PM - Thank You Note
8:00 PM - Event Closes

Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI-SOC members (login prior to registering) - $17.70
Non-members & Guests - $22.30


PDUs: 1.5 (1.0 Technical, .5 Leadership)


Cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm, 5 business days before the event and must be sent in writing by email to There will be a 20% administration fee charged for cancellations, subtracted from the refund. Cancellation/refund requests will not be accepted less than 5 business days before the event. However, substitutions are welcome. Please let us know by 12:00 noon the day before the event of the person you wish to substitute by emailing

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