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.
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.
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.
We know that self-organization is a critical aspect of every successful Agile project and we know that it takes trust, respect, openness and responsibility; so why many teams have a hard time to achieve it? Self-organization changes the manager/team dynamics and the teammate/teammate ones. Resistance may arise and the source is frequently rooted in mental habits, such as a latent blaming culture, confusing guidance and command, fear of taking responsibility or losing status, unconscious agendas. Attend this session to learn, through demos and exercises, how to deal with these kind of issues.
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The failure of traditional management has led to the reinvention of management: the whole organization must be focused on creating a stream of additional value to customers through continuous innovation. The reinvention reflects an application of Agile thinking to the whole organization. The session shows how applying Agile thinking to the whole firm involves five fundamental shifts in terms of the firm's goal, the role of managers, the way work is coordinated, the shift from value to values and the shift in communications shift from command to conversation: http://bit.ly/bryJHX
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.
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!
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!
User story maps help us understand the product we're building, break in down into small pieces to build iteratively and incrementally, and effectively plan minimal viable product releases in holistic product slices. In this quick tutorial participants will learn the basics of user story mapping by building their own story map quickly and collaboratively. They'll see examples and hear stories of a wide variety companies who've used story maps to simplify backlog building, planning, and delivery.
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.