We Hope You Enjoyed

Agile Open Northwest

Seattle, February 5-7, 2018

Thank you to all who attended AONW 2018 in Seattle. You can find session notes here. Our next annual conference will be AONW 2019 in Portland, OR, to be held in February 2019. 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 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.


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.


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.)


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.)


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

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

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

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:

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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

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.

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.

Nora Beyerle

I journeyed into technology via a music education. Working in the software industry since 2000, I’ve explored responsibilities of business analysis, project management, and people management. It was the agile values and principles that resonated strongest with me, and I have since focused on coaching agile development teams and championing individuals. I appreciate all the learning opportunities within our agile community of practice! I enjoy volunteering at AgilePDX, and now joining Agile Open Northwest. Additionally I am looking forward to further collaborate with Future of Work communities. I believe that people can change the world, and that we can achieve this by being curious, open, and kind.

I hesitantly tweet at @sunhiltb.

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 Smilebox, Aviarc, RealNetworks, and more. He was recenlty co-founder and CTO of Blok24, and is currently having a grand time as VP of Engineering at LiquidPlanner. 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.


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