The next Scrum Coaching Retreat will be in Geneva 30th September to 2 October 2016, full details of the event can be found at the Scrum Alliance, or register directly here.

About Scrum Coaching Retreats

Coaching Retreats are a fantastic opportunity for you to collaborate with other coaches, learning from each other and producing valuable outcomes that will have lasting benefit to our community and customers.  The Retreat is based on a number of principles: 


The word “retreat” was explicitly chosen to be different from camp, gathering, open-space or conference. It represents a deeper and more meaningful experience of a smaller group of people. Our intent is to create a time for people to gather in a purposeful way for focused learning and growth.


The retreat will use Scrum as its delivery framework we form teams, create visions, build backlogs, execute multiple sprints, review, retrospect and adapt throughout the retreat. This provides for double learning: the team learns about primary focus of their work while inspecting/adapting to accomplish a goal; in addition, participants learn what it is like to be on a team and live Scrum in a very hyper-focused and intense way.


A retreat is designed for narrow and deep focus on a few topics, possibly the same topic pursued by multiple teams from different perspectives. A successful retreat produces not only local event learning, but also take away value, documented results, tangible deliverables to the wider community and ongoing team collaboration following the retreat.


A retreat is a long-term learning, collaboration, and relationship-building event.  We create the seeds for the collaboration and delivery to continue beyond the retreat itself.

Two Sleeps

Borrowed from Future Search, the concept of “two sleeps” is a brain-related learning process. Our brains continue to work and make weak-signal (creative) connections during our sleep when our brains are quiet. By starting the conference in the evening and focusing on team formation and goal setting, it allows the brain to focus on the goals and start making connections during the first sleep. Then after a long day of working on solutions, the second sleep allows the brain to focus on resolving all of the solutions, which allow the third day to focus on results.

Shared Learning

As a team you will develop your ideas together, learning and delivering value through a number of sprints. There will be opportunities for cross-team learning at the reviews and community of practice sessions.

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