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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 are dedicated to a low-cost conference, and are pleased to hold the rate to only $300 for the 3-day event. We are currently sold out, but you can still join the waitlist. You can also 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:

Overview

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

WHERE IS IT?

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.

WHEN IS IT?

February 5-7, 2018.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

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

WHEN CAN I REGISTER?

Registration will open on this page on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at noon. In order to keep the conference small, space will be limited to the first 250 registrants. Contact us at info@agileopennorthwest.org to get added to our email list for a reminder.

CAN I BE A SPONSOR?

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


Conference Schedule

Here is a tentative schedule for the 2018 conference. There will likely be some changes as the conference grows nearer.

MONDAY, 5 FEBRUARY

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

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, & Opening
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Marketplace
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Session M-1
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Session M-2
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Session M-3
2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Session M-4 (afternoon beverages available)
3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Session M-5
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evening News & Daily Reports
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Night Owl Session M-6 (venue closes by 9:00 p.m.)

TUESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY

8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Early Bird Session T-1 & Lean Coffee (Continental breakfast available)
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Morning Announcements - New Sessions
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Marketplace
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Session T-2
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Session T-3
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Session T-4
2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Session T-5 (afternoon beverages available)
3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Session T-6
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evening News & Daily Reports
5:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. Conference Dinner
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Night Owl Session T-7 (venue closes by 9:00 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY

8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Early Bird Session W-1 & Lean Coffee (Continental breakfast available)
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Morning Announcements - New Sessions
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Marketplace
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Session W-2
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Session W-3
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Conference Highlights and Closing
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cleanup (afternoon beverages available)
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 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.

Mediterranean Inn

Receive a 12% discount off the best price with code “aonw”.

425 Queen Anne Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-428-4700 or 866-525-4700
http://www.Mediterranean-Inn.com

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


Pensione Nichols

1923 First avenue
Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206.441.7125
E-Mail: info@pensionenichols.com
http://pensionenichols.com/

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
http://fourpoints.com


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:


Sponsors

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto. With nearly 35,000 members and subscribers around the globe, Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. Agile Alliance organizes and supports events to bring the Agile community together on a global scale.

AGLX Consulting employs the disciplines of high-performing networks of teams, debriefing, red teaming, cultures of safety, complexity heuristics, and transformation initiatives to deliver cross-spectrum capabilities which enable organizational agility, resiliency, and innovation.

AIM Consulting, an Addison Group company, is a rapidly growing leader in technology consulting services and solutions delivery that helps companies compete effectively in the digital world. AIM builds long term relationships with the best technology consulting talent in the region and deliver end-to-end on business-critical initiatives with modern technologies and processes. Founded in 2006, AIM Consulting provides strategic guidance and scalable project teams in the areas of Application Development, Data & Analytics, Delivery Leadership, Digital Experience & Mobile, and Infrastructure, Cloud & Enterprise Service Management. Headquartered in Seattle with offices in Denver and Minneapolis and the capability to deliver solutions across the US, AIM Consulting has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies and best places to work. Learn more at aimconsulting.com.

Schools and districts nationwide implement Apex Learning digital curriculum to personalize the learning experience and support success for all students—from those who are struggling to those capable of accelerating. Proven to increase outcomes, Apex Learning digital curriculum actively engages students in learning, with embedded supports and scaffolds to meet the needs of diverse learners. During the most recent school year, there were more than 3.6 million enrollments in Apex Learning digital curriculum.

Integral GIS is a geospatial engineering and consulting company specialized in business growth. We help companies answer their key questions by mapping important business information. Our work leads to a better holistic understanding of key information, better strategic decisions, clarity of goals & objectives, and deeper cross-functional collaboration, ultimately boosting growth. We provide a clear and customized analytical platform at your fingertips.

The Open Space Institute(US) holds space for Open Space. The Open Space Institute(US) serves by providing access to resources on Open Space, by connecting individuals and groups to inform, inspire, mentor, and sustain each other in opening and holding space, AND by being an inclusive learning community.

The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) 2018 – Always ‘On the Road to Quality’. PNSQC is now in its fourth decade of hosting a prestigious annual quality conference in Portland, OR. Our 2018 program will explore the theme, ‘On the Road to Quality.’ Join us Oct. 8-10, 2018, in Portland, as the leaders of the software quality industry gather to discuss the latest trends and developments in QA and testing. You’ll learn from those on the cutting edge–and have plenty of opportunities to socialize too, making new friends and contacts to build your professional and personal networks. By following our blog, checking out our YouTube channel and delving into our rich archives, you can travel the road to quality with us throughout 2018. The Call for presentations will open in early February; registration opens in early July.

Plaster Group is dedicated to partnering with our clients to identify Agile solutions that accelerate the delivery of business value and enable our partners to maintain or gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Whether you are just beginning the Agile journey, or are struggling to make existing Agile practices more effective, our experienced and knowledgeable consultants are passionate about identifying and implementing strategies for your success.

At Premera, we make healthcare work better. By focusing on improving our customers’ experience purposefully and serving their needs passionately, we make the process easier, less costly and more positive. Through empathy and advocacy, we change lives. Premera, a not-for-profit organization, is proud to serve more than 2 million people—from individuals and families to members of Fortune 100 employer groups. As the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest, we provide comprehensive, tailored services to customers in Washington and Alaska that include innovative programs focused on wellness and prevention, disease management, and patient safety. We deliver these programs through health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability, workforce wellness, and other related products and services. We’re committed to controlling rising medical costs while ensuring access to quality care for our members.

Keeping pace with the velocity at which markets and industries change is essential. This new era of continuous disruption needs a brand of management consulting that instills speed and agility. Propeller helps large organizations navigate and succeed in this increasingly volatile business landscape. We are consultants, fixers, change makers but mostly we’re a company full of people who love the adventure of solving complex problems.

Qumulo is the leader in universal-scale file storage. Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) gives data-intensive businesses the freedom to store, manage and access file-based data in the data center and on the cloud, at petabyte and global scale. Founded in 2012 by the inventors of scale-out NAS, Qumulo serves the modern file storage and management needs of Global 2000 customers.

Slalom is a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps companies solve business problems and build for the future, with solutions spanning business advisory, customer experience, technology, and analytics. Our clients come to us to find new ways to accelerate innovation, do more with less, get to market faster, create experiences their customers love, and build operational muscle for sustainable results. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, WA, Slalom has organically grown to nearly 5,000 employees. You can find us in 25 cities across the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Learn more at slalom.com.

SolutionsIQ is the leading Agile transformation and Innovation consultancy. We guide our clients toward becoming learning organizations capable of adapting at the speed of market change, consistently delivering high-quality products and thrilling customers. SolutionsIQ helps technology-driven organizations outlearn and outperform their competition. SolutionsIQ is an Accenture company.

SourceCell helps people create better products & services, using the best ideas & practices from Agile, Scrum, Lean, Lean Startup, Design Thinking, & more. We help transform organizations, and keep them adapting & learning, through a combination of consulting and training tuned to their unique challenges. We utilize a principles-based approach for pragmatic progress, at whatever rate makes sense for an organization. We emphasize early progress via rapid learning cycles and continuous improvement. We work holistically at all organizational levels from individuals, to teams to leadership, bringing empathy for all participants.

As part of UW Continuum College, UW Professional & Continuing Education expands the educational impact of the University of Washington, breaking down barriers so learners of all types can access quality opportunities that fit their lives. Whether you’re pursuing a higher level of education or simply forever curious, you’ll discover innovative and relevant programs that fit your schedule and your budget – so you can keep learning at the University of Washington.

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


Hosts

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

Aki has been an Agile practitioner since 2002 and a Certified Scrum Master since 2010. She specializes in Agile coaching, and has helped several organizations transform into high-functioning Agile teams, using XP, Scrum, and Kanban. Aki’s background includes Boeing, IBM Global Services, and Cisco Systems. Aki enjoys learning from others in the Agile community, and is active in BeyondAgile and Agile Open Northwest.

Dan DiCamillo

I’m a part of the Northwest Software Craftsmanship, DevOps, Product, and Agile communities, and an 8+ year AONW attendee. I’ve received so much from them that I’ve focused on giving through volunteering and hosting within my company and externally. Internally through things like Hackathons, Multi-Team Planning, Open Spaces, Open Demos, Meetups, and Curation. Externally through this conference, DevOpsDays Seattle, BeyondAgile, Seattle Scaled Agile, and CodeRetreat. Topics on my mind these days are things like Scale and Systems Thinking, Social and Software System Dynamics, The evolving ways we communicate, Bottlenecks | Betrayals | Trust | Safety | Chaos | Flow | Agility | Improvement | Responsibility; at their many scales like Individual | Role | Teams | Leadership | Software | Systems | Infrastructure | Products | Planning | Business | Companies | Culture | Communities | etc.

Excited to help create another event that seeks to add value, and grateful to be involved. My goals for this event are for you to leave with new energy, ideas, examples, and a better sense of where Northwest companies and practitioners are with these topics.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dandicamillo, https://twitter.com/criticalthinker

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 (http://futureworksconsulting.com/blog) 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 http://jeremylightsmith.com 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 FeelingAgile.com. 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 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 www.wirfs-brock.com/blog 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.


Attendees

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