Agile Open Northwest

March 29 - 31, 2023

Agile Open Northwest, a non-profit alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, presents our 17th annual Open Space conference about agile practices and techniques! It will be held March 29 - 31, 2023 (4 hours each day). We are dedicated to a low-cost conference, and are pleased to hold the rate to only $60 (plus TicketTailor fees) for the 3-day event.

Please register using the big green button above.

This will be a virtual Open Space event, held over the course of 3 days, lasting from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Pacific Time each day. Over the last year there’s been a great blossoming of tools and techniques for online events. We are excited to bring together the best of the best to make this an inclusive, engaging, and valuable event for all our old friends, and for those new to AONW.

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Keep an eye on our home page for information about other upcoming events!

More about the 2023 Conference, held in March:

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


It’s all virtual this year!


March 29 - 31, 2023 (4 hours each day).


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 $60 (plus TicketTailor fees) for the three-day virtual event.


Registration is now open using the button at the top of this page! In order to keep the conference small, space will be limited to 250 attendees. Contact us at to get added to our email list for a reminder.


After registering, check your email - instructions will be sent to the same email address you used to register. Look for the subject line “Participation Instructions for Agile Open Northwest 2023” from

If you don’t find that message, go to our event page, click RSVP, then create an account using the email address you registered with.

If you’re still having trouble, reach us on our event Slack in the #tech-support channel, or send us a message at


  • Update your Qiqo profile with a picture, location, and connection details if you desire.
  • Tour the space and snoop around !
  • Watch this two-minute video demonstrating how to use QiqoChat and Zoom together.
  • Update your Zoom application.
  • Join our Slack. This is optional, but if you’re comfortable in Slack, it can be a great additional way to connect with other participants.


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

Below is the provisional schedule for the 2023 conference. All sessions will be virtual, and will occur over the course of 4 hours on each of the 3 days. Check your email (the one you registered with) for information on how to join the virtual conference.


All times are in the Pacific time zone

8:00 am Early Bird time: Speed Networking, Lean Coffee, etc
9:00 am Opening Circle
9:15 am Grounding, Purpose, Building Agenda
10:30 am Sessions
12:30 pm Afternoon News
1:00 pm Social Time - our space will be open all day for playing games and connecting with friends


All times are in the Pacific time zone

8:00 am Early Bird time: Speed Networking, Lean Coffee, etc
9:00 am Opening Circle
10:00 am Sessions
12:30 pm Afternoon News
1:00 pm Social Time - our space will be open all day for playing games and connecting with friends


All times are in the Pacific time zone

8:00 am Early Bird time: Speed Networking, Lean Coffee, etc
9:00 am Opening Circle
10:00 am Sessions
12:15 pm Closing Circle
1:00 pm Social Time - our space will be open all day for playing games and connecting with friends

Session Notes

We will update this section of the page with a link to session notes after the event.


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


AONW 2023 is brought to you by our conference chairs, Open Space facilitator, and the Agile Open Northwest Board of Directors

AONW 2023 Conference Co-Chairs

BrySondra Williams

BrySondra is a newbie to agile and openspace concepts coming from the world of Higher Education. She believes that agile methodology is the best way for process improvement across most industries. She is an avid traveler, reader of thrillers and young adult fantasy, and frequent cat napper.

Jeff Weaver

Jeff is a coach, mentor, and visionary leader who creates space for others to thrive and develop into their best selves. He believes in practical Agile - using Agile methods to deliver effective solutions, regardless of framework or method. He is the founder of the AgileSEA Slack channel (, for agilists in the Pacific Northwest to better collaborate.

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.

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.

Michaela Hutfles

Michaela Hutfles is a sideways E-shaped person (rather than T) with three major depths: agile software development, earth-building and performing arts of all flavors. For a salary, they coach agile thinking and self-management to software developers and keep teams focused on continuous improvement, growth mindset, and general meta-cognition. At the moment they do this at Qumulo. They’re building a tiny house on the Olympic Peninsula using clay, straw, and sand. They dream of someday starting a tiny arts foundation called Dionysus Giving. Because it amuses them, Michaela often claims to raise champion naked mole rats.

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.

Ron Quartel

Ron will tell you his life purpose is to “unleash the human spirit in the workplace.” He loves all things software and nurturing business/development harmony in particular.

His agile and Extreme Programming journey started in 2002, and over the years he has built strong technical skills and a deep understanding of agile methods. He has put these to good use in several roles during his career: developer, development manager, and agile coach.

In 2014 Ron had an epiphany about a new way of working. A way that makes self-organization inescapable rather than just paying lip service to the concept. This method aligned with his vision and has been his passion ever since.

Steve Kuo

Steve accepted Agile and Extreme Programming (XP) into his professional career more years ago than he likes to count. Although it took him a few years to get fully into all the disciplines, he’s a firm believer and staunch advocate for the XP technical practices. Steve is most frequently embedded with a team helping them to become excellent. It’s also not uncommon to see him helping friends, teaching classes, or attending conferences extolling the virtues of code craft, deliberate practice, and collaborative working. He continues to run experiments discovering new ways to work and bring joy to the workplace.

Willem Larsen

Willem Larsen has been training software teams to master the skills of high performance and accelerated learning for a decade. He is the 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 the non-profit Language Hunters, and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.