Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015



By Theofanis Giotis

Athens, Greece


Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015

Talking Stick Resort, Phoenix, Arizona, 4-6th of May 2015

Reporting from Phoenix: Theofanis Giotis, MSc, Ph.D. C., PMP, CSM/CSP, PMI-ACP, CTT+, PRINCE2 Trainer Global Correspondent at https://pmworldjournal.net/ and CEO at 12PM Consulting

It took me 25 hours fly time from Athens to Phoenix, Arizona through Istanbul and New York. When I arrived at The Talking Stick Resort at Phoenix late on Saturday night, 2nd of May, I was feeling that this event would be a great Global SCRUM GATHERING® event. Global SCRUM GATHERING® events take place three times per year (America, Europe and Far East). In 2015, Talking Stick Resort at Phoenix, Arizona was hosting the North America event between 4th and 6th of May 2015.


The five star hotel was magnificent. More than 700+ participants gathered there from all over the world (I was the only participant from Greece)


More than 300 papers were submitted from experts for this Global SCRUM GATHERING event at Phoenix and 50 of them were selected to be presented on the event in the following three tracks:

  • Starting Down the Path [BEGINNER]
  • 401: Secure Your Footing [INTERMEDIATE] and
  • 601: The Scrum Mountaineer [EXPERT]

Also there were a dozen of PechaKucha sessions – short presentations with total duration 6 minutes and 40 seconds (20 slides with 20 seconds per slide). Participants at this Global SCRUM GATHERINGS® event earned Category A SEUs towards CSP certification.


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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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