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Driving Adventures in India

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It’s always an adventure while traveling around the world… while in India, there was a moment when we were approaching a pretty heavy traffic jam and our driver turned around in the middle of the road and drove into oncoming traffic! It was absolutely amazing!!! We safely made it to the next intersection and saved hours of stand still traffic…

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.

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 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.

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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

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

Desert, DJs, Interviews and Sold out Conferences in Phoenix, Arizona

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I purchased a one-way ticket to Phoenix, primarily to attend a conference. The conference has come and gone and here I reside with the rarity of 5 days between ventures. I don’t have to be anywhere until next Tuesday where I’ll be leading a Certification training class at Microsoft in Virginia.

Phoenix, Arizona. It’s beautiful here. I forgot how beautiful it is.

I arrived in the afternoon on Saturday and tried to finalize my intro presentation for the event that began on Sunday morning, however the window of my room was literally vibrating with bass from an extremely loud pool party that was going on at the hotel/resort/casino/paradise. I worked for a minute, then figured that this was perfect case of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” and headed down to the pool myself to see what all that racket was about. The DJ had his fair share of EDM/trance music, although overall, he did play some pretty good tunes.

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My travels brought me to Phoenix for the Global Scrum Gathering. The conference itself was sold out at more than 700 people and I was asked to facilitate the retreat for the CSTs (Certified Scrum Trainers) and CSCs (Certified Scrum Coaches) that began on Sunday. Facilitating a room of facilitators may seem like an intimidating feat, however I decided that I was up for the challenge. It went really well and it was a really great day. To have Maria facilitate your next event, contact her here: http://mariamatarelli.com/contact

Maria Matarelli Facilitating Trainers and Coaches in Phoenix

At the gathering itself, I reunited with my good friends and fellow trainers, Dave Prior, Richard Cheng, Dhaval Panchel, and Tom Perry. I’ve been at the conferences where this crowd runs up to twice a year since 2009. We have formed a podcast called the “Agilistocrats” and provided a summary of presentations, previews, and highlights throughout the event.

SGPHX Podcast 1 includes a summary of Maria Matarelli leading the CST/CSC Training and Coaching Retreat and Conference Selections for Day 1: http://bit.ly/1IjpyA3

SGPHX Podcast 2 includes a summary of Day 1 and Selections for Sessions to attend on Day 2: http://bit.ly/1Ed3YHg

Maria Matarelli Media Interview Agilistocrats Podcast Phoenix

While at the event, I was interviewed by Aakash Srinivasan and Vivek Angires, awesome Agile trainers and coaches from the D.C. area. We discussed how to become a trainer, training experiences and motivations behind training. To schedule an interview with Maria, contact her here: http://mariamatarelli.com/contact

Maria Matarelli Interview as Professional Speaker and Trainer

Maria Matarelli Best Selling Author Interview Phoenix

It was great to catch up at dinner with good friends and fellow Agilistas.

Maria Matarelli Phoenix Conference

I facilitated an Open Space session on Sustainable Pace, discussing challenges, current state, definition, and specific, actionable steps to take to get past the challenges. To hire Maria to speak at your organization or next event, you can contact her here: http://mariamatarelli.com/contact

Maria Matarelli Facilitating Open Space in Phoenix

It is always great to see good friends and Agile legends, Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson.

Maria Matarelli and Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson Agile Conference

I was interviewed by Alan Dayley on the Trainer’s retreat, facilitating an Open Space on Sustainable Pace, and my Workaholic book.

Maria Matarelli Interview with Workaholic Book Phoenix

I hosted a topic at the Open Space and presenting it to the group at the closing of the day.

Maria Matarelli Presenting at Open Space

Maria Matarelli Open Space Phoenix

Carsten Jakobsen, the Senior Process Improvement Manager at Systematic in Denmark, pulled together a great group for dinner to include Rob Carstons, Dan Greening, Stacey Louie, and Alex Brown. Lots of great discussion on Agile transitions and journeys.

Maria Matarelli Conference Networking

I had another interview with the Scrum Alliance while at the Gathering. As one of only 180 Certified Scrum Trainers in the World, it is great to be a part of this community. To learn more about Agile solutions and training that Maria and her team offer, visit http://formulaink.com/agiletraining

Maria Matarelli Interview by Scrum Alliance

My Workaholic Book made quite a few appearances at the event! Covering the walls of twitter by many far and wide! To get your copy, visit www.WorkaholicBook.com

 

At the close of the last day of the event, I spent the evening with the Scrum Alliance staff, board members, conference chairs, and other contributors as we celebrated the closing of a successful, sold out event! Fifteen floors up overlooking the mountains was absolutely breathtaking, though I kept wanting to dive into the infinity pool…

Maria Matarelli View in Phoenix

Maria Matarelli and Conference Coordinators Phoenix

After the gathering concluded, I figured I would ride out my one-way ticket a bit longer and took the next day to relax and also co-hosted two webinars with Greig Wells. The first one was on Business Mastery on LinkedIn. Greig is an expert on LinkedIn and gave away so many incredible techniques, it was huge value for everyone that attended!

Maria Matarelli and Greig Wells Webinar on LinkedIn

The next webinar we held was on how to apply Agile skills to develop your career. With Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) as one of the highest paying certifications in 2015, many people are finding great success in their career in learning and applying this approach.

Maria Matarelli Speaker for Agile Webinar

Now that the event is over and I finished my online presentations, it is time to relax 🙂 Meeting up with some friends in Phoenix today and will venture out to enjoy the environment. Still haven’t booked my ticket out of Phoenix yet, will see how the day unfolds. I just have to make it to Virginia by Tuesday for the next adventure.