Agile Open Northwest Presents

In addition to hosting our annual February conference about agile practices and techniques, Agile Open Northwest sponsors and hosts other events that focus on agile topics, use Open Space, and occur in the Northwest United States. One of these has just completed! Open Agile Management 2016 was a one-day event held on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at the AXIS Pioneer Square in Seattle. A fabulous time was had by all. You can read the session notes here.

About the Event

The Open Agile Management Conference is for managers, executives and leaders who use agile practices and techniques to help organizations find a better way of working. This conference provides a place to have conversations with leading agile practitioners, share stories, and explore new ideas.

About Our Format

We will be experimenting with a conference format derived from Harrison Owen’s Open Space Technology. In addition to the normal things you would expect to see at an “un-conference” you will also find some new ideas that we are incorporating into the experience:

A keynote speaker: We are very lucky to have Ray Arell, Founder and Principal Coach at nuCognitive, LLC giving our keynote. Ray will be sharing his experience as a manager coming to terms with what it means to be agile.

We will also be incorporating frequent reconvening to share ideas: In order to maximize the spread of ideas through the group, we will come together after each session to briefly share what we have learned.

Creating a Session

After the keynote, we will invite those who want to convene a session to come forward and present it. It’s a simple process. You don’t need to prepare papers, slides, or flip-charts. You will simply step forward and briefly describe the session you propose. You’ll include just enough information to let people decide whether to attend…and no more. Generally, you need less than thirty seconds.

After presenting a summary of your proposed session, you’ll select a time and place and post a notice on our Marketplace wall. As each person does the same…Voila! The agenda is born.

We ask that everyone attending our conference show up for the keynote and opening. It’s important. You’ll listen to the presentations and take note of those you would like to attend. As you listen, you may be inspired to present a session yourself. There are no deadlines or time limits: simply step up and describe your idea for a session.

Attending Sessions

At the end of the presentation, you will browse the notices on the Marketplace and sign up to attend any sessions that interest you. Signing up for a session is optional. You may attend any session you like and even move between sessions.

Adding Sessions

You may add a session to the schedule at any time during the event by posting information about it in an available slot in the agenda. We’ll have periodic announcements of any new or rescheduled sessions, but it’s a good idea for all participants to keep an eye out for schedule changes as well.

More about Open Agile Management 2016, to be held on September 16th in Seattle:



AXIS Pioneer Square - Seattle, WA


September 16, 2016.


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 $250 for the one day event, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.


Registration will open on this page on Sunday, July 24th, 2016. In order to keep the conference small, space will be limited to the first 100 registrants. 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 2016 conference. There will likely be some changes as the conference grows nearer.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Introductions & Opening
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. MarketPlace
10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Session 1
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Reconvene & Update Marketplace
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Session 2
12:20 p.m. - 12:35 p.m. Reconvene & Update Marketplace
12:35 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Session 3
2:20 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Reconvene & Update Marketplace
2:35 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Session 4 (afternoon beverages available)
3:25 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Reconvene & Update Marketplace
3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session 5
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Integration & Moving Forward
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closing
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Drinks & Appetizers

Location & Map

The conference will be held at AXIS Pioneer square, the former location of the Elliott Bay Bookstore. Housed in the historic 1889 Globe building, it is a space rich with character. It has been re-designed as a flexible meeting space, ideal for open space style gatherings.


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Open Agile Management 2016 is brought to you by our conference chair and the Agile Open Northwest Board of Directors

Open Agile Management 2016 Conference Chair

Tom Perry

Tom has been working in software development for over 20 years. He has worked on teams at startup companies, large corporations in the Fortune 100 and the State and Federal Government. His background includes testing, development, project/program management, agile coaching/mentoring and training. As part of his involvement in the greater agile community, he led the Seattle eastside chapter of the APLN.

Tom speaks at a wide variety of software development conferences all over the world on a wide variety of Agile and Lean topics. He is also the author of the recently published “Little Book of Impediments.”

Check out his blog for more information about his writing, presentations and current projects or follow him on twitter @tlperry.

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 ( 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 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.