We Hope You Enjoyed

Agile Open Northwest

Portland, February 6-8, 2019

Thank you to all who attended AONW 2019 in Portland. You can find session notes here. Our next annual conference will be AONW 2020 in Seattle, to be held in February 2020. 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 2019 Conference:


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


The Leftbank Annex in lovely Portland, Oregon

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


February 6-8, 2019


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 for the three-day event $295. It will include a continental breakfast and lunch each day. As always we strive to deliver a low-cost conference while still meeting our financial commitments.


Register now at the top of this page. In order to keep the conference small, space will be limited.


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


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

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


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Early Bird Session T-7 & Lean Coffee (Continental breakfast available) (see menu)
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Morning Announcements - New Sessions
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Marketplace
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Session T-8
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session T-9
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (see menu)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Session T-10
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Session T-11
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Snack
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session T-12
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evening News & Daily Reports
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Night Owl Session T-13 (venue closes by 9:00 p.m.)


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Early Bird Session F-14 & Lean Coffee (Continental breakfast available) (see menu)
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Morning Announcements - New Sessions
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Marketplace
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Session F-15
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session F-16
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (see menu)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Conference Highlights and Closing
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cleanup
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. AONW 2019 retrospective for all interested

Location & Map

Agile Open Northwest 2019 convenes at the Leftbank Annex, a fabulous and funky former airplane-part machine shop turned event center.

A stone’s throw from the Pearl District, the Leftbank Annex is located one block east of the Leftbank Project and across the street from the Rose Garden. The Leftbank Annex is easily accessible by bus, MAX, and streetcar. The area is a major bicycle corridor and is easily accessible from every direction. A number of restaurants are within walking distance.


If you’re from out of town and staying at the Crowne Plaza or anywhere in town, we hope you’ll walk or take public transit to the Leftbank Annex.

If you need to drive to the Leftbank Annex, limited paid parking is available at the Rose Quarter East Garage and at a nearby public lot. Parking for Wednesday and Friday will be $8 for the day. Please note that parking at the small Leftbank Annex lot is reserved for AONW volunteers, those needing reasonable accommodation, and Leftbank Annex staff. If you are unfamiliar with the Rose Quarter, please refer to this printable map to orient yourself to the venue and nearby parking.



For out-of-towners, the Leftbank Annex is within walking distance of a number of affordable places to stay.

We have arranged for a courtesy discount price of $179 with the nearby Crowne Plaza. Be sure to mention “AONW 2019” or “Agile Open Northwest” when you register.

The Crowne Plaza is 6 minute walk from the Leftbank Annex and has received good reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Parking is plentiful but is $20 per night. The hotel is walking distance from the Convention Center MAX station for those arriving by air and not wanting a rental car.

Other Nearby Hotels

Below are the other nearby hotels that are within walking distance of the LeftBank Annex. These provide a range comfort and affordability.


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AONW 2019 is brought to you by our conference chairs and the Agile Open Northwest Board of Directors

AONW 2019 Conference Co-Chairs

Willem Larsen

Willem Larsen has been training software teams to master the skills of high performance and accelerated learning for a decade. He is a developer at Hunter Industries, birthplace of Mob Programming, author of the Language Hunter’s Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, host of the yearly Thermodynamics of Emotion Symposium, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to a renaissance in how communities of practice learn together in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

David Whitlock

David Whitlock began his career as a software engineer hacking on the Java Virtual Machine. After realizing that the challenges of leading people were just as exciting as crafting software that delights its users, he turned his attention to working with others to help grow individuals and Teams within the context of a larger organization. He feels that listening and communication are fundamental to understanding others and understanding yourself. By night, he is an adjunct lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Portland State University. David likes watching things grown whether they are Teams, companies, his students, his family, or the vegetables in his garden.

AONW 2019 Open Space Facilitator

April Jefferson

April leads with empathy and courage while partnering with others to help unlock their full potential. She believes the path to authentic growth and change begins with invitation and a people-centered approach. She favors a blended mindset of agile, lean, design thinking, open space, and improvisation when engaging. April values connecting people to ownership of their needs and goals. You may find April coaching organizations, speaking at conferences, facilitating social change as a Design Action Lab partner, or mentoring youth.

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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