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Scrum Australia 2023 was F2Fing awesome!

Rowan Applauding at Scrum Australia 2023

For me, Scrum Australia brought back everything that I love about in-person conferences.

I’ve been closely involved with organising Scrum Australia events since the start in 2013 but the 10th anniversary event was well past my expectations.

The energy and enthusiasm with which everyone engaged – speaker and participant alike – took my breath away. Perhaps we had been craving such an interactive in-person conference experience since 2020.

A few of the many highlights:

  • Lyssa Adkins’ energetic opening keynote had us zooming out from our teams all the way to the future of the planet!
  • Joseph Pelrine’s hillarious #researchsays meme on LinkedIn
  • The emotional talk from Dallas Jackson about her experience Scrum Mastering at Whole Foods during its acquisition by Amazon
  • Big enthusiastic huddles passionately discussing topic in the Open Space for most of Friday morning
  • Michael and Audree’s yin-yang keynot full of hard-hitting insights and moving stories.

One thing for certain is that Australia’s Regional Scrum Gathering has a bright future.

I was hugely impressed by the self-organising volunteers Bhavin Shukla, Derrick Wong, Henry Pereira, Jason Cameron, Jason Cathcart, Kevin Loong, Mylene Recio, Payal Unadkat and Rohit Arora. Hats off to you all!

Volunteers waving at Scrum Australia 2023

This year the bar was lifted by professional event managers Jodie McLean and Jonaye Ferreira of JEM events. Also volunteer organisers Alex Sloley, Sally Sloley, Jason Cameron, Ant Boobier, Jessica Bates, Jon Gedge.

Many people came up to me praising emcee Lisa Calder. She set the tone for the event and wove it all together with style! (In case you missed the joke, Lisa works with Scrum WithStyle.)

It definitely would not have happened without Tim Browne believing in the event and taking on the commercial risk. Thank you!

Australia’s Regional Scrum Gathering will be back full of confidence in 2024. See you next year!

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Rowan Bunning
Certified Scrum Trainer and Organisational Simplification Consultant

Rowan Bunning is a globally recognised educator and management consultant in Agile product development.

Rowan has a technical background in various software development roles from 1997 - 2007. He began his Agile journey in 2001 with eXtreme Programming (XP). He is a pioneer of Scrum in Australia having become the country's first Scrum Master in 2003 and Australia’s first Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) in 2006. He was hired by the U.K.'s most prominent Agile consultancy in 2007 as an Agile Coach and became a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) in early 2008.

Rowan is one of the most experienced Agile trainers in the Asia-Pacific region. This includes leading over 500 Scrum certification training courses in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and the USA. In 2019 he became the first Path to CSP® Educator in the region - accredited to offer the full suite of professional development offerings for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches through to Certified Scrum Professional®.

Rowan has been engaged as a consultant by many of Australia’s best-known brands in industries including financial services, media, health insurance, marketplace, software product, digital agency, retail, manufacturing, building security, video gaming, state and federal government. He is currently most passionate about the professional development of capability leaders as well as guiding the organisational design choices and leadership behaviours required for competing at scale on the basis of agility and highest customer value.

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