Agile Coach Camp 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
The art of coaching teams toward excellence and productivity is tricky business. Daily we make recommendations in increasingly complex contexts... and too often, as coaches, we work in isolation from other coaches. This is our opportunity to share stories and practices and to wrestle with the direction in which this discipline is going, or should go.
Growing a Community of Practice
Agile Coach Camp is about creating a network of practitioners who are striving to push the limits in guiding software development teams, while staying true to the values and principles at the core of the Agile movement. We've invited practitioners who, like you, are passionate about their work, active in the field and willing to share what they've learned.
Do you have a technique or practice worth sharing with your peers? Or an idea you'd like to test out with some leaders in the community? Are you facing challenges and want to get some perspective from other practitioners, or hear how they do things? If you feel you’d benefit from connecting with 80-100 ScrumMasters, XP Coaches, Trainers, Change Agents, and Mentors to talk, draw, argue and explore ideas, then this conference is for you.
What's the Agenda?
Agile Coach Camp is a practitioner-run conference for peer-to-peer learning and exploration; our theme this year is "Delivering value to those who deliver value". It’s your conference, so there will be no agenda until you arrive! We will create it collaboratively. If you prefer a conference where you can sit and listen to expert lectures, this isn't it. As at BarCamp, so at AgileCoachCamp there are no speakers, only participants.
We use the OpenSpace meeting format, which means you, the participant, determine the topics and questions that you want to talk about. We’ll create our agenda Saturday morning and people will then join the small group discussions that interest them. Open Space is very complimentary to Agile & Lean thought processes, and actually shares some of the same principles. Open Space is all about self-organizing and empowered teams. Open Space will allow YOU and other participants to bring to the conference the issues and opportunities that are emerging for you in real time. For some of you this will also be a first opportunity to experience Open Space, yet another effective tool you should know about, for cultivating communities of practice in your region.
You don’t have to be an expert to propose a topic or ask a question at AgileCoachCamp. You are simply inviting people into a conversation with you - other people who are also passionate about your topic or question. These conversations can build knowledge, and often lead to future collaborations; Open Space is great for networking! It has the feel of a good coffee break, where people are free to come and go from conversations as they please, yet it has a structure that helps you to know what conversations are happening so that you can join up with people interested in the same things as you.
What Does It Cost?
Nothing. BUT you do have to file and have accepted a suitable position paper to be accepted into the conference. The registration process will ask you to provide the position paper topic's title and an abstract of the points you want to discuss. We recommend you create a simple text document of this abstract and paste it in appropriate registration field rather than trying to create it on the fly. We also highly encourage you to post your background and this position paper on the AgileCoachCamp wiki site, to which you will be directed at the end of the registration process.