Agile Open Northwest

Seattle, February 5-7, 2018

Agile Open Northwest, a non-profit alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, presents our twelfth annual Open Space conference about agile practices and techniques! It will be held February 5-7, 2018 at the Exhibition Hall in Seattle Center. We expect to open registration here on this page on November 6th (exact time TBA). In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or join our email interest list to stay up to date with all the latest info.

Also, keep an eye on our home page for information about other upcoming events.

More about the 2018 Conference, held in February in Seattle:


Due to attendee demand, this year’s conference is a full three days long!


Seattle Center Exhibition Hall - Seattle, WA

Coming from out of town? We’ve arranged special rates with several local hotels. Check out the Location section for more information.


February 5-7, 2018.


YOU and other experienced, collaborative, committed agile practitioners. Registration will be limited, so watch this space or join our email interest list to be notified when registration opens.


The registration fee is $300 for the three-day event, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch each day.


Registration will open on this page on Monday, November 6th, 2017 (exact time TBA). In order to keep the conference small, space will be limited to the first 250 registrants. Contact us at to get added to our email list for a reminder.


Yes you can! Agile Open Northwest depends on sponsorship support to keep registration costs affordable. See our Sponsors section, or contact us at for more information.

Conference Schedule

Here is a tentative schedule for the 2018 conference, based on last year’s event. There will likely be some changes as the conference grows nearer.


Note - this is a preliminary schedule, subject to change!

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, & Opening
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Session W-1
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Session W-2
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Session W-3
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Session W-4 (afternoon beverages available)
3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Session W-5
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evening News & Daily Reports Plenary
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Night Owl Session W-6 (venue closes by 10:00 p.m.)


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Early Bird Session T-7 (Continental breakfast available)
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Morning Announcements Plenary - New Sessions
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Session T-8
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Session T-9
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Session T-10
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Session T-11 (afternoon beverages available)
3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Session T-12
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evening News & Daily Reports Plenary
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Night Owl Session T-13 (venue closes by 10:00 p.m.)


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Early Bird Session F-14 (Continental breakfast available)
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Morning Announcements Plenary - New Sessions
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Session F-15
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Session F-16
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Integration & Moving Forward Plenary Session
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Conference Closing Plenary Session
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cleanup
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. AONW 2018 retrospective for all interested

Location & Map

Created for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, Seattle Center calls itself “the nation’s best gathering place.” It certainly has a lot to offer, including cultural venues, sports arenas, entertainment options, the Science Center, and a Food Court, in addition to beautiful grounds. It is easily accessible by car, bus or riding the monorail from downtown Seattle.

This year we’ll be in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, located at 299 Mercer Street and directly across from the convenient Seattle Center parking facility. There are numerous spots nearby for impromptu gatherings, including a McMenamin’s pub for you Oregonians. For your dinner choices, a number of restaurants are within walking distance.

Hotel Information

For out-of-towners, here are a few local hotels we’ve worked with in the past. We are currently arranging special rates at nearby hotels (these or others) and will post here when the information is available.

Pensione Nichols

1923 First avenue
Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206.441.7125

This is a small bed and breakfast hotel, but note that we are providing breakfast at the conference.

This B&B hotel has a large, glorious English country shabby chic common room on the third floor with a glorious view of the sound where you can take your bottle of wine and talk all night. The hotel backs up against the Public Market. We negotiated a no-breakfast rate since we are providing breakfast at the conference, and the hotel doesn’t start serving until 8:00 AM. Be prepared for a couple of long flights of stairs and no elevators, but the location and the view are worth it. The hotel is nine blocks from the Seattle Center and three blocks from the monorail.

Four Points by Sheraton

Downtown Seattle Center
601 Roy Street, Seattle, Washington 98109, United States

Mediterranean Inn

425 Queen Anne Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-428-4700 or 866-525-4700

This is a recently updated and refreshed older hotel right next to Seattle Center.

There are numerous other hotels available close to the Center and in the nearby Seattle downtown area. Watch this page for news of additional special rates for Agile Open Northwest attendees.

Directions & Maps

The Seattle Center Exhibition Hall is in the same building as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, on the lower level:


The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) 2017 – Scaling Quality Software October 9-11, 2017.
At the World Trade Center in downtown Portland we will host the leaders of the software quality industry, presenters from the software quality trenches, poster papers and exhibitors offering current trends and networking. Join us to scale new heights of quality together at PNSQC 2017

Find out how your company can become a sponsor of Agile Open Northwest


AONW 2018 is brought to you by our conference chairs and the Agile Open Northwest Board of Directors

AONW 2018 Conference Co-Chairs

Aki Namioka

Dan DiCamillo

AONW Board of Directors

Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen served three years as Chair of the Agile Alliance board of directors and served terms as a board member for the group. As a partner in FutureWorks Consulting, Diana consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish. With more than fifteen years of experience working with technical professionals, she brings focus to the human side of organizations, teams, and projects. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! with Esther Derby, Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects with Ainsley Nies, Virtuosity with Willem Larsen and writes occasional [blog posts ( and articles.

Diana discovers solutions and possibilities where others only find barriers and obstacles.

Ian Savage

A quality evangelist, Ian Savage is a veteran software developer, quality engineer, and manager with experience in manufacturing, financial services, construction project estimating, and software security. For more than thirty years, he has worked to improve productivity and software quality through rigorous development methods and processes and now through the pragmatic application of agile methods.

He founded/co-founded various Pacific Northwest software and quality volunteer organizations. By day he works with the Quality Initiatives Team at McAfee focusing on metrics, static analysis, and quality systems. His present interests are software security, insourcing vs. outsourcing, and quality training. Like many others, Ian looks forward to retirement or Career 2.0.

Jeremy Lightsmith

Jeremy Lightsmith spends most of his time and energy building highly performant software development teams.

A seasoned agile coach, trainer, and facilitator, Jeremy excels at creating environments where teams can discover how they work best. He has a deep understanding of agile, and is constantly looking for better ways to share knowledge and collaborate. As a presenter, Jeremy favors interactive and group techniques and pulls from disciplines as diverse as Theatre Improv and Montessori.

Find Jeremy at or @lightsmith.

Michael J. Tardiff

I love hearing what people want to do and helping them see the ways in which they might do it. In doing the work, we discover the work that needs to be done.

For the last decade that’s been my story: facilitator, trainer, coach, mentor, guide, storyteller, provocateur. Happiness for me is working with a team of people who are different from me; together, we serve others better than I could alone. Along the way, I’ve held all the software roles that begin with “p” and end with “manager.” Twice I was a director at a growing startup. My early years were spent technically writing.

I write things at Still available on iTunes is the “The Agile Coach” podcast. @mjt on Twitter is me being short. Invite me and I’ll talk, wherever and whenever you like. Agile Open Northwest’s annual Open Space brings me joy. And I find peace sailing the waters north of Seattle.

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

I invented the set of design practices known as Responsibility-Driven Design (RDD) and by accident started the x-DD meme. Along the way I authored two popular object design books. I jog (even in the rain).

In my work I help people hone their design and architecture skills, address architecture risks, and manage and reduce technical debt. In addition to coaching and personal mentoring, I conduct workshops on Pragmatic TDD, enterprise application design, agile design skills and thinking, being agile about system qualities, and Agile Architecture.

I am program director of the Agile Alliance’s Experience Reports Program and co-chair of the 2016 Agile Conference Experience Reports Track. Another interest of mine is patterns. I am on the Board of the Hillside Group and recently I’ve written patterns about sustainable architecture, agile QA, and adaptive systems architectures. If you are interested in writing about your experiences or sharing your wisdom in pattern form, contact me. I can help you turn your itch for writing into the written word.

You can read my blog at and find articles and patterns on my resources page.

Troy Frever

Troy Frever discovered XP in 2000, after two decades as a professional software developer. Since then he has been an Extreme Programmer and Coach for a number of companies in the Seattle area, including Active Voice, Cisco Systems, Quicksilver Technology, Aviarc Corporation, RealNetworks, Smilebox, Fanzo, and Ripl. He is currently having a grand time as co-founder and CTO of Blok24. When he’s not writing unit tests or refactoring mercilessly, Troy enjoys backpacking and skiing with his family and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Troy is also a former organizer of the Seattle Extreme Programming Users Group (SXPUG) and a co-founder of Seattle’s Beyond Agile user group.


After we open registration for the conference later this fall, watch this space to see who has signed up!