Special Events

In today's market, networking has become more important than ever.

The Agile2011 experience extends well-beyond the sessions with great special events aimed at helping you network with participants and speakers in casual, social settings.  You'll have lots of opportunities to make valuable professional contacts, catch up with colleagues, and make new friends.

The Agile Lounge - Open daily from 9 to 5

Take a break from Agile2011 action and relax in the Agile Alliance Lounge. Check out the activities of the organization, meet board members, enjoy a refreshing beverage, and pick up Agile Alliance swag. While you are there, inquire about ways you and your company can become more involved in the Agile community, take a look at the updated Agile Alliance roadmap, and see a new graphic banner highlighting historical events in the organization's history. You are a member - this is your professional organization - be a part of it!

First Time Attendee Orientation - Sunday, August 7th, 15:15 & 17:15

If you find the conference schedule slightly overwhelming, make sure to attend the Agile2011 Orientation Sessions. These special sessions are designed to give first-time attendees a little "101 Guide" to Agile2011, including insight into ways to get the most out of their experience. There will also be a "Q & A" session at the end in case we miss anything. There is no pre-registration required and any registered Agile2011 attendee may attend.

Open Jam - Sunday August 7 - 12th - Grand Salon

Producer: Steven “Doc” List and Rachel Davies

Open from 3:00pm Sunday until 12:30pm Friday, Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas.

Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program (in fact it's more fun if they are not). Anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen.

To share ideas, you can talk, write, play, or engage in the excitement of PechaKucha: up to ten people doing 20 slides set at 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds per person. We'll be having a PechaKucha each evening just after the end of the programmed sessions. Come share your excitement and your passion for any topic that interests you!

Bring your crucial issues and ideas, your passion and your commitment to the Open Jam. Walk away with valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.

The "Park Bench" within Open Jam 
The Agile Manifesto Signatories will be stopping by the "Park Bench" throughout the week-long conference to make themselves available to attendees.  Visit the "Park Bench" -- a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives, and grow new possibilities. Come, share, ask, interact, learn and create.

Coaches Corner within Open Jam  - Sponsored by Scrum Alliance
New to Agile Coaching or new to Agile? Trying to get your head wrapped around how to help people without any official authority? Need to know how to convince your teams to listen? Have a tough coaching problem your not sure how to handle? 
We may not be able to solve all your problems but we can help start down the right path. Come to Agile 2011 Coaches Corner within Open Jam. Unlike the Canadian hockey version  (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hnic/coachscorner/) it won't be loud brash former coaches telling it like it is, it will be a clinic where you can catch some time with an experienced coach. During office hours: 8-9, 12-1, 5-7 - daily - just drop by for a chat. Otherwise write a question on an index card and leave it in the "Ask a Pro Coach Box". Questions will be discussed in OpenJam and after the conference on the Agile Coach Support mailing list.

The Agile Manifesto 10th Anniversary Reunion
The Big Park Bench - Monday, August 8th at 17:30-19:00 - Imperial Ballroom

Be sure to attend this historic event where we reunite nearly all of the authors of the Agile Manifesto.  Meet the authors at the celebratory reunion on opening night, including a Q&A session where questions will be fielded from the audience.  Visit the Special Reunion Event  website.

Ice Breaker Reception - Monday, August 8th at 19:00-22:00 - Grand Ballroom

Join us for Agile2011's Opening night reception. The night will be filled with food, drink and fun! After chatting with new attendees and reconnecting with old friends, be sure to stop by the vendors to see what's new in the industry.

LiveAid Lab - Tuesday August 9 - 12th - Ballroom Foyer

Producer: Bob Payne

This year the LiveAid Stage is implementing the work from last year's collaboration with the UX/UI stage.  Please join this NFP Extreme Makeover for Mano a Mano. The lab will also be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for the ongoing good work of Mano a Mano.

The LiveAid Lab allows attendees to participate in a real agile project for a Not for Profit. Our lab will be staffed with experienced mentors to help you maximize your ability to contribute and learn in the lab. We are dedicated to creating a unique lab experience that uses real projects with real deliverables.

Participate:

  • Donate Time by participating for 10 minutes or a Day
  • Observe an Agile Project in Action
  • Donate money to help the cause

By marrying the efforts of dedicated professionals experiencing Agile Development techniques with communities that need high quality software we hope to be a small part of a positive change. Code developed during the course will be deployed in the final product.

To follow our progress please visit agilephilanthropy.org.

Industry Analyst Panel Discussion - Tuesday, August 9th at 17:30-19:00 - Imperial AB

Agile Trends and Future Directions - Come join the leading industry analysts as they discuss the latest trends and emerging best practices around Agile software development. Learn how the most successful software organizations are utilizing Agile to drive business performance. Find out how the latest innovations in Agile practices continue to mature as development organizations deploy Agile further across the enterprise.

  • Dave West, Forrester Research
  • Michael Cote, RedMonk
  • Melinda Ballou, IDC
  • Michael Azoff, Ovum

Dinner with a Stranger - Tuesday, August 9th - Various Restaurants

Socializing and networking are an integral part of Agile2011. If you'll be attending Agile2011 alone, make sure to stop by the registration desk and sign up for "Dinner with a Stranger" on Tuesday, August 9th. Just add your name to one of the sign-up sheets with the names of nearby restaurants and grab your "I'm a stranger" ribbon. Later that night, put it on and meet your fellow participants for dinner and great conversation. Seating is limited, so sign up early!

Agile Alliance Members Meeting - Wednesday, August 10th at 17:30 - 18:30 - Grand Ballroom D

The annual Agile Alliance Member's Meeting will be held at the Agile2011 conference. Members are invited to meet, hear about, and discuss Alliance business with the Agile Alliance board of directors. Drinks and snacks will be served.

Sponsor Reception - Wednesday, August 10th at 18:30-20:30 - Grand Ballroom

Get your Agile2011 passport stamped at this year's Sponsor Reception. The sponsors have played a large role in making this year's conference a great success. So come out and visit their booths, find out the latest and greatest in agile development, collect stamps, enjoy appetizers and drink, and enter for your chance to win great prizes!

Conference Party - Thursday, August 12th at 19:00-22:00 - Garden Court & Grand Ballroom

We reserve the final evening for this year's Agile2011 conference party. We are still working on the details of this event and waiting for the last responsible moment to finalize our plans.  But trust us; it will be a party that you won’t want to miss.  It will include a scrumptious dinner, beverages and entertainment rarely found at software conferences. 

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