敏捷嘉年华, 2013 Scrum Gathering in China (Scrum 中国聚会)

I had the privilege of participating in this month’s China Scrum Gathering, called 敏捷嘉年华, which means Agile Carnival!  While this was designated a “regional” gathering, I saw at least 300 people at the Shanghai carnival.  The gathering also covered Beijing and Suzhou, and featured presenters from the US, Europe, China, and Japan.  Read more about who was there in English or 汉语普通话.  Session proceedings and video will be available soon.

Interest in Agility has taken off since my first visit to Shanghai in 2009.  Chinese businesses are trying it for real now, supported by a growing community of local experts and enthusiasts.  I learned a lot from hearing the successes and challenges faced by people doing Scrum in China.  While there are Chinese Agile experts, there’s still a strong appetite for western perspectives.  To address this, native speakers of both “standard” (mainland) Mandarin and traditional Mandarin (e.g. Taiwan) will be translating resources such as the Scrum Training Series, Scrum Reference Card, and ScrumMaster Checklist.  Note there is already a 汉语普通话 ScrumMaster的检查清单 thanks to Yi Lv.  Translations will be done by Victoria Xu of Agile Nanjing and Brian Lin of Scrum Taiwan User Group.  If you would like to help translate or proofread, please let me know.

Since I haven’t learned Chinese, for my keynote I enlisted friend and Agile expert Yi Lv to improve the content and adapt the presentation to the 300 or so Chinese participants.  As usual, I did this presentation interactively because I find this more fun than long speeches.

Michael James Keynote

Yi Lv helped MJ reach the Chinese audience

Shanghai audience in a discussion activity
Shanghai audience in a discussion activity

Shanghai audience listening during a presentation
Shanghai audience listening during a presentation

Shanghai is one of the safest cities in the world. (Author with Eric Zhang.)

Michael James

Michael James is a software process mentor, team coach, and Scrum Trainer with a focus on the engineering practices (TDD, refactoring, continuous integration, pair programming) that allow Agile project management practices. He is also a software developer (a recovering "software architect" who still loves good design).

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3 comments on “敏捷嘉年华, 2013 Scrum Gathering in China (Scrum 中国聚会)
  1. Anand Mahadevan says:

    Nice know the interest on scrum is getting momentum in China as well.
    Are you also planning to translate scrumtrainingseries & check-list cards to Japanese & Korean?

    Btw.. We have our scrum India gathering coming up next week http://scrumgatheringindia.in/ which would feature some great pepople Jurgen Appelo, Agile bob & some many other people..

  2. Jinlin Ding says:

    way to go, Michael!

  3. I went China for attend this Scrum Gathering in 2013. I know this Agile Carnival. Several Scrum\Agile developer are together in place and share their experience and new logistics with others. This was best opportunity for me to learn new technique and methods which very helping me in my ongoing projects.

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