Since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, Agile has been widely adopted within organizations. While Agile offers principles that facilitate value for organizations, participants find themselves amidst practices and policies that defy the means by which Agile renders value. Using Scrum as a guide, this talk will help individuals leverage principles, practices and values inherent to Agile and Scrum to make an impact even when the Agile environment around them is broken.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and apply Scrum and Agile values to participation in an unideal Agile model.
  2. Review the underlying value and purpose of ceremonies and artifacts.
  3. Identify approaches and tactics for rendering value when ceremonies and artifacts are not formally used within an Agile model.
  4. Discuss strategies for managing the dynamics within an unideal Agile model.

Target Audience:

Practitioners, Newbies


Merrill Maguda

Merrill Maguda is a Manager of Management Consultant at Strive Consulting, LLC in Chicago who specializes in getting things done when the going gets tough. Customers engage Merrill when they have ambiguous needs, tough problems, new initiatives, impossible deadlines, and can’t afford to fail. Merrill excels in strategic delivery while leveraging a background in custom software delivery. She has worked with customers in a variety of verticals including Health & Wellness, Finance, Retail and Entertainment. Having been a consultant for more than a decade, Merrill has worn many hats in software delivery, business implementation, and new product development. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.