Category Archives: Travels

New Zealand Travels and Social Impact

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What an amazing experience!

Traveling from L.A. –> Queenstown, NZ –> Dunedin, NZ –> Bay of Islands, NZ –> Vanuatu –> Fiji

Starting in Queenstown, New Zealand, meeting 39 incredible people, performing random acts of kindness, and exploring the city in adventure mode.

Dunedin, New Zealand, speaking on stage and DJing at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in New Zealand at the INSPIRE event to raise money for the Sophie Elliott Foundation to create awareness on preventing violence against young women.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand, staying off the grid with an indigenous tribe on a Marae for five days and bringing fresh water filters to nearby tribes.

Vanuatu, bringing fresh water filters to schools, churches, and non profit organizations and providing training for the locals on how to use them.

The best part of this trip was the inward journey and opportunities for self reflection throughout these many countries and cultures.

It was an absolute dream come true to DJ at the stadium and also DJ at the Marae with the tribe!!!

It has definitely been an adventure with an amazing group of people!! And lasting friendships for years to come.

Will be heading to Fiji tomorrow for a week of reflection and relaxation.

Join Our Yearly Boardroom Cruise!

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There is a trend of conferences on cruise ships that has been emerging over the last few years and it is brilliant. Join our group, the Boardroom Cruise as we partner with a group of more than 400 Marketing professionals as we sail on a week long cruise from New Orleans to Montego Bay Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel Mexico.

This cruise sells out every year and there are only a few cabins left!! Reserve your cabin today:

www.BoardroomCruise.com

 

Adventures in January 2016

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A lot of great cities are on the travel list for January to kick off 2016.

9 cities across a few countries with 3 islands and a cruise.. There has been a trend in the last few years with more and more conferences being held on cruise ships. We host the Boardroom Cruise every year in the last week of January. This year, we leave out of Ft. Lauderdale and stop to visit Aruba, Grand Turk, and Curacao Islands. The cruise sells out each year, but we will have up the registration soon for 2017 – You are invited to join us!

More details at: www.BoardroomCruise.com

I rather enjoy this conference on a cruise ship trend and I bet you will too!

Maria Matarelli Travels in January

Agile Marketing in the Caribbean

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I had the privilege of speaking at a marketing event on a cruise ship to Cozumel, Mexico to a group of business owners from the Tampa Bay Business Owners group.

Tampa Bay Cruise Presentations

I spoke on Agile Marketing and this was one of the first formal presentations as we unveiled case studies of the incredible results we have seen our clients get when applying the Agile techniques to Marketing, the same techniques that we have seen such incredible results in product development and software development.

Maria Matarelli Agile Marketing Presentation

The coolest format of this trip is that we left out of the Tampa port and had a day at sea, then a day of excursions in Cozumel, Mexico, then another day at sea to return to Florida. On the days at sea, we had a line up of expert speakers and then the conversations while lounging on the beach were around application of these processes and strategies. I can’t think of much of a better way to hold a conference or event!!

Cruise Group in Cozumel

The view in Cozumel was just amazing!

Maria Matarelli Travels in Cozumel

There were so many great networking opportunities and so much learning of new strategies and techniques – all in one of the coolest environments!

We are heading on our next cruise in January 2016 – the Boardroom Cruise where we will be talking about more business strategies and marketing techniques! You won’t want to miss this!!

Check it out at: www.BoardroomCruise.com

Agile in Shanghai, China

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I had the honor of speaking at the Shanghai Scrum Gathering on the value of connecting with our customers and the importance of customer collaboration.

Maria Matarelli_Shanghai Presentation

There were so many great conversations and I had the opportunity to talk with several Agilists about the Agile Advantage they see in their use of Agile and Scrum around the world.

I had the opportunity to interview several of the speakers and agile practitioners including Joe Justice, Keynote Speaker, Founder of Wikispeed, and Trainer at Scrum Inc.

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Expert interviews include Joe Justice, Manny Gonzales, Vernon Stinebaker, Julien Mazloum, Stephen Forte, Daniel Gullo, and Jun Wang.

The Agile Advantage Interviews in Shanghai

Joe gave an incredible Keynote presentation on Scrum in Manufacturing

Joe Justice Keynote Shanghai

Stephen Forte, Managing Partner at Fresco Capital talked about Agile and Lean full circle.

Stephen Forte Keynote Shanghai

Manny Gonzales, the CEO at the Scrum Alliance talked about the State of Scrum survey results.

Manny Gonzales Keynote Shanghai

The Shangri-La venue for the Gathering was incredible and people attended from all around the world.

Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai

It was an incredible trip to Shanghai and a good refresher that the challenges we see in one location tend to be similar challenges around the world and the same good agile practices can combat those challenges to reach a level of continuous improvement and a level of higher performance.

Gotham City in Chicago

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I just arrived back in Chicago after a week in Arizona.. (What a delight!! A whole week in one location!!)

It was one of those cool Gotham City-like nights. It’s always eerie when you can’t see the tops of buildings that you normally see. I’m sure Batman is out there somewhere.

What to do on a Saturday night with one day in Chicago after being on the road for a week and transitioning to another city in a day? Absolutely nothing. I ordered carryout seafood from Eddie V’s – to include a caesar salad, lobster bisque soup, and their ever-so-divine scallops, and it was dreamy.

Gotham Chicago

San Francisco Explorations

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San Francisco is such an amazing place… the people, the culture, everything. I had the pleasure of leading a certification class and an Agile for Executives class with a startup company on the West Coast and while I was there, decided to stay and visit friends over the Fourth of July.

Driving around the city is so fun.

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At night, the streets are lit up in such a beautiful way with so many unique shops and restaurants.

San Francisco

I met up with my friend Eliza and we began our explorations at Yuubi Japanese Restaurant.

San Francisco Yuubi Sushi

One of the coolest things was exploring a Japanese Tea Garden – so tranquil.

San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

One of the most delightful experiences was eating at Scala’s Bistro.

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The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance, divine.

San Francisco Scalas Bistro