Brewing Agile

A conference to spread and debate the practice of agile.

3-5 March 2020

at Folkets Hus in Gothenburg


Who is this conference for?

We hope that everyone, regardless of background, will be able to take something with them from the conference.

This will of course most easily relate to the digital industry, but we hope to broaden the focus to other areas. We want our speakers and attendees to share tools across our fields, both for improving your own flow but also for understanding other area of expertise in the product process.

We want to invite not only developers but, project managers, marketing professionals, sales people, and many others. Anyone with passion about their products!

Brewing Agile focuses on agile thinking and process, rather than the technical.

Code of Conduct


Scrum Patterns

To be successful in your Agile transformation it is important to know where your organisation is and what might be a next step forward. In our book "Scrum Patterns” we collected Scrum Patterns from all over the world and wrote them down for you to use to improve your organisation.

In this talk I will share the story of the Scrum Patterns, and how you can use them to build your team, build your product organisation and scale your Scrum.

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Cesario Ramos

Coaching large scale transformations worldwide. Author of Emergent and A Scrum Book. Certified LeSS Trainer & Professional Scrum Trainer.

Agile as If You Meant It

For over a decade of software product agile, we have been inspecting and adapting the way we work. We have come to appreciate software development as a process where we turn ideas into code where true ownership of progress lies within the developers working in devops style. Users see no change unless a developer implements a change. While we center the developers, every developer welcomes help in understanding what is the right thing to build and how we together could learn about it more effectively.

In this talk, we look at a case example of what Modern Agile looks like with F-Secure Corporate Windows security endpoint development. Building on practices of internal open source valuing contributions towards changing the code, we grow people to work within a wider role of a developer. We focus on pull on scheduling and information, run dual track of discovery and delivery, organize work around submitting to identified bottlenecks, grow people and take things further on developer-centric ways of working having no scrum masters or product owners.

Customer-focused team directly in touch with their customers performs better without a proxy. Join me to learn how the decision power shared for everyone in the team transformed the ability to deliver, and how collaboration is organized when users are counted in the millions and the contributors to the product in hundreds.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret Pyhäjärvi is feedback fairy with a day job at F-Secure, where she works as Engineering Manager. She identifies as empirical technologist, tester and programmer, catalyst for improvement, author and speaker, and community facilitator and conference organizer. She was awarded as Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person 2016 and has spoken at events in 25 countries delivering close to 400 sessions.

With 25 years as exploratory tester before stepping into a role to manage developers, she crafts her engineering manager job into being a mix of leading a team of 12, doing hands-on testing and programming. She is a serial volunteer and organizing powerhouse contributing to European Testing Conference and Speak Easy, as well as Finnish non-profit scene.

She blogs at http://visible-quality.blogspot.fi, posts articles on Medium, and is the author of three LeanPub books: Mob Programming Guidebook, Exploratory Testing and Strong-Style Pair Programming. Her web page is http://maaretp.com.

Breaking through the middle layer - OKRs and Flight Levels

The right people talking to the right people at the right time about the right things. Flight Levels is a tool for making that happen, and implementing them can facilitate information flow to improve product delivery, but also to improve communication and collaboration through the hierarchy. Learn how Flight Levels can engage all levels of your organisation in a coordinated way to achieve organizational objectives.

Paul Klipp
Paul Klipp

Paul Klipp is an enterprise Kanban coach and trainer and the first Flight Levels trainer in Poland. He has worked in IT for twenty years helping a wide variety of industries on three continents. He believes in applying a non-dogmatic approach to mixing and matching tools to collaboratively discover what works best. He is the founder of the oldest Ruby on Rails development house in Europe and curator of the ACE conferences.

Agile Leadership – A look inside pandoras box

Experience the shift in leadership that is required for Agile teams

Did you ever try to install the latest version of Office365 to a computer that runs on Windows XP?

Most people will know that this is a heroic quest that will probably lead to some disappointment.

However, many organizations are trying to accomplish something similar with their Agile and Scrum implementation: they adopt a set of models, frameworks and practices on an operating system that is not ready for it.

Most of the organizations do not even get half of the potential of the Agile teams, because they never considered that an update of their leadership model\operating system was a precondition to make those teams successful.

In this session I will be using a number of interactive exercises and thought-provoking statements to deal with the following topics:

How to update the operating system for the Agile Leader and what could be missing in the old one?

What are the paradigm shifts we need to make as Leaders in order to make Agile succeed?

What are the first steps that we can make as Leaders to make sure that we can create the most fertile soil for Agile teams to grow?

What Organizational\Human Design Systems we are using to design a Learning Path for the Agile Leader?

How do these Systems link to the context of an Agile team?

How you can start using these ideas as a Leader in the Agile transformation?

These exercises will trigger you to think more from the perspective from a more traditional leader who struggles with adopting the new Agile mindset.

Ron Eringa
Ron Eringa

Ron’s mission is to develop organizations where he trusts his kids to work.

He does this by developing Agile Leadership in organizations:

  • As steward for the leadership curriculum at Scrum.org he supports and serves other trainers to create great Learning Experiences.
  • As an interim manager he helps organizations to create self-organizing teams to develop brilliant ideas and valuable products
  • As professional Scrum trainer for Scrum.org he teaches Leaders, Scrum Masters, Product Owners and team how to get the best out of Scrum


In addition to our usual conference we offer optional add-ons of intimate and interactive workshops with our keynote speakers.

Tuesday 3rd March, All Day

Why should a Scrum team learn Kanban?

Scrum is a fabulous way to organize a team to deliver value and quality consistently, and it is extremely flexible. Within a Sprint, a Scrum team can organize their collaboration in any way that helps to achieve the Sprint Goal. Kanban can provide the visibility, clarity, and flexibility that a team needs to do that, even in the face of new information or priorities.

I was a Scrum Master on many Scrum teams for years before discovering Kanban. It addressed so many issues that I was having with reporting, predictability, overburdening, and delivering faster. It helped to establish trust with new clients early in the process by delivering working features earlier in a Sprint. It felt like Scrum's missing superpower.

In this workshop, we'll teach you to improve visibility into your team's process so that everyone on the team can make better decisions, communicate and collaborate more effectively, and forecast more accurately. You'll learn to improve your retrospectives with metrics that make it easier to identify opportunities for improvement and to demonstrate which improvement decisions are effective.

You could learn Kanban for Scrum from a Scrum trainer. But why not learn it from a seasoned Kanban professional, who also has a decade of experience managing Scrum teams?

Tuesday 3rd March, All Day

Agile Culture Design Workshop

In this workshop you will discover how believe systems determine the way we think, act and communicate.

You will also discover how an individuals’ worldview is shaped by the condition he lives in and how that affects culture in your organization.

After you have discovered a framework to design culture you will discover how to use this framework in your role as a consultant, coach, change manager or (Agile) Leader.

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Ron Eringa

Wednesday 4th March, Morning

Exploratory Testing

Exploratory Testing is a skilled multidisciplinary style of testing. It treats test design, test execution and learning as parallel, mutually supportive activities, to find things we don’t know we don’t know. Exploratory testing isn’t new but it has evolved further in agile projects with regression test automation. Great test automation is created through exploratory mindset, and there’s a place for throwaway automation in exploratory testing. With exploratory testing, we make the best possible use of our limited time with intelligent testing that delivers results!

This workshop sets out to clarify through shared experiences from exercises what it means to do exploratory testing. We look at what it is and how it is done, and why should you care to include the exploratory testing perspective in your projects.

Your skill to self-manage your testing work and your learning – making learning and reflection a habit – is what differentiates skilled exploratory testing from randomly putting testing activities together. Exploratory testing frames the thinking about the system, and engulfs the idea of creating artifacts to support testing. An hour of testing can be completely different in contents and you control the contents!

Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Wednesday 4th March, Half Day

Scrum PLOP - real-world patterns for improving your Scrum

The Scrum Patterns were developed in the field and curated over 10 years by distinguished authors like Jeff Sutherland, James Coplien, Cesario Ramos and many more. They are an indispensable treasure for any skilled Scrum practitioner.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to build your Scrum Team; your Product Organization and your Value Stream. This workshop provides Scrum Patterns for you to use in your daily work to grow your Scrum. It gets you ready to use the patterns from the book.

Photo of Cesario Ramos
Cesario Ramos


This is a preliminary schedule, but will likely not change that much.


March 3rd

~All day~

Workshop with one of our speakers. Special tickets are required (see above).

08:30 Workshop Registration
09:00 Workshops:
  • Why Should A Scrum Team Learn Kanban?
  • Agile Culture Design Workshop
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Workshops:
  • Why Should A Scrum Team Learn Kanban?
  • Agile Culture Design Workshop
16:00 Finished


March 4th


Workshops. Special tickets are required (see above).

08:30 Workshop registration
09:00 Workshops:
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Scrum PLOP - real world patterns to improve your Scrum
12:00 Lunch

Traditional talks by people in the agile community.

12:30 Conference Registration
13:15 Welcome
13:30 Scrum Patterns - Cesario Ramos
14:30 Break
14:45 Agile as If You Meant It - Maaret Pyhäjärvi
15:30 Break with fika
16:00 Sponsors
16:15 Breaking through the middle layer - OKRs and Flight Levels - Paul Klipp
17:00 Agile Leadership – A look inside pandoras box - Ron Eringa
18:00 Closing

Dinner and networking.

18:15 Evening event
22:00 Venue closes


March 5th

~All Day~

Anyone can propose a workshop, and the participants will chose which ones we run.

8:30 Lightning Talks
9:30 Open Space
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Lightning Talks
14:00 Open Space
16:30 Retrospective
17:00 The End


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If you are interested in being a sponsor, mail: brewing­agile@scrumbeers.com


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