Tobias Mayer

Tobias Mayer

Tobias Mayer became a Scrum trainer and coach in 2005, among the first 25 trainers, worldwide, certified to teach Scrum by Ken Schwaber, its co-founder.
Skilled as a developer, tester and engineering manager, Tobias also has a background in publishing, theatre arts, and community service work. He skillfully blends this unusual mix of experiences when teaching Scrum, creating a lively and engaging experience..

He is a regular speaker and keynoter at Agile conferences, and the author of the highly acclaimed, and somewhat controversial book, The People’s Scrum . He blogs regularly on LinkedIn, Medium and Business Craftsmanship, and is known as the creator and curator of AgileLib.Net, the world’s foremost collection of Agile resources.

Keynote: Writers of code, awake from your slumber

The Agile movement was instigated thirty years ago by passionate coders, testers and producers—the people who actually do the work, the makers. It was given life first in the form of Extreme Programming and then as a simple, technology-led manifesto. Today it is wholly owned (and managed!) by executives, PMOs, managers, leaders, coaches and consultants—all the people, in fact, who are not makers.

Furthermore, Agile has become a shadow of its potential self, a facade to be painted on the face of an organisation, whilst deep in its guts it continues to rot away, poisoned by the existing status quo.

And now the good news. The power to change this is in your hands—you, the makers. You own the future—both your own future, and the future of the knowledge world. You are not the bottom of the hierarchy, you are the lifeblood of our industry.

This talk will look at self-empowerment, self-organisation, and self-realisation. Expect to be involved, to contribute as well as to listen.

Workshop: The Why of Scrum

The Why of Scrum is an experience that looks beyond Scrum rules and process and into the heart of Scrum, drawing out its meaning and purpose and helping you understand its transformative power.
The Why of Scrum is not role-restricted. It is for any practitioner of Scrum, whether ScrumMaster, Product Owner, team member, or manager/director/executive supporting a Scrum transition—i.e. all those who take Scrum seriously and wish to leverage its values, principles and overall philosophy towards the creation of a meaningful and productive workplace.