NYC Scrum User Group - January meeting

New York, NY United States

NYC Scrum User Group

19 Jan 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Scrum practitioners of New York!

Please join us for the January gathering of the NYC Scrum User Group on Thursday, January 19th at Euro RSCG!

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Place: Euro RSCG, 350 Hudson Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10014


6:00 - 6:30pm - Pizza and networking

6:30 - 8:00pm - Turbo-Charging Agile Software Development with Lean Methods and Systems Thinking with Satish Thatte, Ph.D. and CEO of the New Synergy Group.


Abstract:  Agile software development and project management methods (such as Scrum) are proving that they can deliver high value to customers, while increasing productivity of software producers without sacrificing quality. Agile methods are enjoying a growing momentum in software industry. I will present a brief overview of agile software development methods. I will then present how agile methods can be turbo-charged and be made more effective by applying lean methods and systems thinking.  Lean methods focus on eliminating waste, leveling the work, reducing work-in-progress queues, and increasing the value flow. Systems thinking helps us understand cause-effect-cause feedback loops and delays in organizational systems, and optimize the whole-system performance by thinking holistically instead of sub-optimizing parts. Systems thinking not only helps us better understand and improve agile Scrum team organizational behavior dynamics, but also makes the agile development more effective and impactful in the context of a larger company-wide organization beyond software groups. All three methods (agile, lean and systems thinking) are very complementary and synergistic in nature.

Biography: Satish Thatte has over 30 years of industry experience in a variety of technology areas and management positions. His industry experience covers large, multinational companies (Texas Instruments, Bellcore and LG Electronics), and entrepreneurial companies and start-ups. He has extensive experience of customizing and adapting agile software development methods in a number of companies to deliver client-specific IT services as well as commercial software products. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.    

Dr. Thatte is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Senior Member of the IEEE, and Member of the ACM. He holds 14 patents (13 US and one International).  

Dr. Thatte is the Founder and CEO of New Synergy Group. Drawing on the strengths of agile and lean methods, and organizational systems thinking, he offers customized training, workshops, coaching and consulting services for software project and product management. He also offers software business strategy development services driving product vision, development lifecycle, and operational processes.


The NYC Scrum User Group meets on the third Thursday of every month to talk about Scrum, to share experiences, to network, and to provide support for local Scrum practitioners.

Our Sponsor:

Euro RSCG 4D






Contact Name: Rob Purdie
Contact Email: email

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19 Jan 2012




350 Hudson Street

9th Floor

New York, NY 10014

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