Agile Open Northwest

Portland, February 6-8, 2019

Agile Open Northwest, a non-profit alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, presents our thirteenth annual Open Space conference about agile practices and techniques! It will be held February 6-8, 2019 at the Leftbank Annex in Portland, OR. We are dedicated to a low-cost conference, and are pleased to be able to set a registration fee of only $295 for the 3-day event.

You can register on this page using the green button above or on our home page. You can also follow us on Twitter or join our email interest list to stay up to date with all the latest info.

More about the 2019 Conference, to be held this February in Portland:


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.


Registration will open on this page soon. In order to keep the conference small, space will be limited. 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 2019 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
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 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 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 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 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.


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