Global Scrum Alliance® Orlando 2016


By Theofanis Giotis

Athens, Greece


It took me 25 hours to reach this event. From Athens to Istanbul, to Washington DC, and then to Orlando, Florida. Loews Royal Pacific Resort was the hosting resort for Global SCRUM GATHERING® Orlando 2016 event that took place between 18th and 20th of April 2016.

This was the biggest ever Global Scrum Gathering event ever with 1150+ participants from 30 countries.

More than 400 papers were submitted and about 50 were approved in three tracks:

  • Agile Galaxy
  • Orbiting the Earth
  • Mission Control

Phoenix Co-Chairs

The event started on Monday morning with welcome remarks from the two co-chairs Anu Smalley & Kate Megaw


and Scrum Alliance CEO Manny Gonzalez (pictured below).


The opening keynote was “Agile Leadership, The Key to Scaling Scrum” by Brian Rabon.

Lyssa Atkins presented “Developing an Organization’s Internal Agile Coaching Capability

More (with many photos) including interview with Manny Gonzalez …

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About the Author


Athens, Greece



Mr. Theofanis Giotis
(BA, MSc, Ph.D. C., PMP, PMI-ACP, PRINCE2 Practitioner, PRINCE2 Trainer, CTT+, CSM) is CEO of ITEC CONSULTING (12PM CONSULTING) (1988-now), Co-Founder and first President of PMI-GREECE Chapter (2005-2014) and Deputy BoD member of PMI-GREECE Chapter (2014-2016).

Theofanis has 27 years of professional experience in Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Economics and Management. As an entrepreneur, consultant, international speaker and trainer, Theofanis has worked in different cultural environments in EMEA region. Since 1992, he was heavily involved in Project Management as part of a team to setup the first PMO in Greece for managing a €200 million programme with 16 projects.

Since 1987 he has managed hundreds of projects in the EMEA region using plan driven (waterfall) and change driven (agile) approaches. He has envisioned, planned, designed, developed & implemented hundreds of projects with 22.000+ consulting and training hours.

He has given 150+ presentations worldwide in ICT & Project Management and has passed more than 80 professional certifications. Since Sept. 2005, he has published more than 150 articles for Project Management.

Theofanis holds a BA in Economics from University of Athens, Greece, a MSc in Management (O.R.) from Lancaster University, UK and he is a Ph.D. candidate in Project Management at University of Piraeus. Also he holds a Computer Programming/Systems Analysis degree from ACE College, Greece. He was certified as a PMP in 2004 and graduated from PMI Leadership Institute Masters Class (LIMC) in 2007.

Theofanis serves as the International correspondent of PM World Journal and PM Ambassadors in Greece. Also he is a member of PMI, IEEE, ISACA & AMACON.

Since 2001, he has taught 200+ Project Management courses (PMP, Agile, Scrum) with 2000+ attendees. As of July 2010, he has trained over 35% of all Greek PMPs.

He is an adjunct professor at four Greek Universities teaching Project, Program and Portfolio Management at MBA level. Also he represents Greek Standardization Organization (ELOT) at ISO TC 258 for Project, Program and Portfolio Management Standard. Theofanis can be contacted at [email protected]

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