An Evening with the Scrum Master: Using the Agile Methodology to Innovate and Increase Quality

Consulting Roundtable

January 27, 2011: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

In today’s business world, success can often depend on your organization’s ability to adapt to change. The Agile methodology is increasingly being adopted by firms that want to accelerate time-to-market, innovate, and increase quality. Could your organization be more Agile?


Join certified scrum master David Babicz and J Schwan of Solstice Consulting for this collaborative discussion focused on understanding the concepts of Agile. This overview will raise your level of understanding of the Agile approach to developing product and improving processes. We will discuss the reasons organizations turn to Agile, and the principles and values that are key to a successful Agile adoption. We'll explain the essential elements of "Scrum," the most popular flavor of Agile, and share some of the latest industry information on the success rates of organizations which are making the move to Agile.


Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

 Chicago Booth has arranged discounted parking at the AMC Theater-River East Self-Parking Garage, 300 East Illinois Street $6.00 after 3:00pm

To receive discounted rate: Go to card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. The new Garage system is automated:  Insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot, you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee. 

Directions to Garage: 

Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater. a)  When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street.  b)  If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street. 



No Charge


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Reception & Cash Bar

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Speaker Presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Reception and Networking

Speaker Profiles

David Babicz (Speaker)
Practice Lead, Solstice Consulting

As the leader of the Agile Transformation practice at Solstice Consulting, David has more than a dozen years' experience leading mission-critical efforts for organizations from the Fortune 500 to non-profit organizations. As a certified “Scrum Master,” he specializes in coaching organizations on transitioning to Agile culture, strategies, and tactics. He is particularly focused on the application of Lean principles in Agile to help clients optimize their business processes. David has a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has developed and instructed numerous courses and workshops on Agile and is a board member of the Chicago chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network.

J Schwan (Speaker)
Founder and VP of Product Development, Solstice Consulting

J is the founder and VP of Product Development for Chicago-based Solstice Consulting. Solstice, which provides enterprises with IT strategy, mobile and web software development and infrastructure implementations, was named one of Consulting Magazine's Seven Small Jewels of 2010. J has over a decade of experience helping companies couple their existing enterprise technology with emerging technologies like mobile, cloud and social media to gain an edge over their competition. In addition to consulting, J speaks about emerging technology topics at many educational institutions, technology conferences and focus groups. He has been interviewed and published in many of the industry's top trade journals including InfoWorld, CIO Magazine, ComputerWorld, and CIO Insight. Before founding Solstice, J started his career at Accenture and has a Bachelors degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Kevin Knapp, '07