October 6-8, 2023
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Agile Coaches and practitioners (from different industries and cities) come together to share, connect and learn from each other.
Although agendaless (no speaker lineup, formal presentations, lectures or sponsored talks) it’s a well-structured and thought-out event —topics emerge on the fly from attendees’ needs and curiosity.
Some people attend to explore Agile topics, ask questions and/or share experiences. Others come to test new ideas, look for support or build skills.
Designed for Agile Coaches, Team Leads, Managers, Executives, RTEs, Scrum Masters, Developers, Facilitators, and Trainers.
Open to anyone interested in learning, sharing or exploring modern approaches to work with people, teams and organizations.
Some attendees come as “explorers” to create new ideas, others as “shoppers” for Agile techniques, and some others as “visitors” to see old friends and make new ones.
You do not need to be an expert in coaching nor come with anything more than a question you want to explore. Often these questions turn out to be some of the most powerful sessions as participants explore answers and related topics.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – CONNECTIONS and NETWORKING
We will get together to break the ice, say hello to old friends in the community, and start new connections.
Hors d’oeuvre and drinks will be provided.
Place TBD (it might be at a restaurant or bar in the venue’s area, or in the venue itself).
09:00 am – 09:30 am – Coffee, fruit, and breakfast snacks
09:30 am – 10:00 am – Welcome | Ground rules | Acknowledgments
10:00 am – 11:00 am – Opening Circle | Populate Marketplace for the day
11:00 am – 01:00 pm – Open Space sessions
01:00 am – 02:00 pm – Lunch served
02:00 pm – 05:00 pm – Open Space sessions
05:00 pm – 05:30 pm – Reconvene | Highlights | Evening news.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – HAPPY HOUR
We will get together to chat, and get some food and drinks.
Wine and bear will be provided. Hors d’oeuvre or pizza will be served (we will decide as a group).
Bring your favorite board or card game –we might be playing some and figure out their application to Agile.
09:00 am – 10:00 am – Coffee, fruit, and breakfast snacks
10:00 am – 11:00 am – Reconvene in Circle | Populate Marketplace for the day
11:00 am – 01:00 pm – Open Space sessions
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm – Lunch served
02:00 pm – 04:00 pm – Open Space sessions
04:00 pm – 04:30 pm – Closing Circle | Announcements
04:30 pm – 04:45 pm – Retrospective
FORMAT: OPEN SPACE
The overall event starts with the Opening Circle. A guest facilitator set the tone and explains four principles:
– “Whoever comes are the right people.”
– “Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.”
– “When it starts is the right time.”
– “It’s over when it’s over.”
The “law of two feet” or mobility is also explained: “If at any moment you are not learning or contributing, feel free to move to a sesion or place where you can learn or contribute.”
Once the rules an dynamics are clear, participants come together to build the high-level topics of the event.
Whoever is interested or curious about a topic or an idea has the opportunity to deliver a 30- 60-second pitch, write a title on a sticky note, choose a space in the grid, and fix it along the wall: that is the Marketplace.
Each day of the Camp a new Marketplace is populated.
For the rest of the day, participants gather into smaller groups to have conversations about each of the topics posted in the Marketplace: discussing, brainstorming, asking questions, suggesting, debating, and sharing information and experiences.
At any time, participants can jump from session to session cross-pollinating ideas between groups (known as bumble bees).
At the end of the time window established for each session, some people will continue on the topic for further conversation, while others move to the next session of their choice.
Think about a topic (or a few) that you are passionately wanting to learn, explore, and/or share.
You don’t need to prepare the topic or have an agenda. In fact, as you propose topics for the Marketplace, you are basically agreeing to “hold a space” and “facilitate a discussion” on the topic, not to lecture folks on the subject.
Moreover, there is no expectation that you are an expert in that area. You can simply propose a topic with the purpose of collecting tips, ideas, insights, examples, techniques or experiences from others.
1. Be kind to others.
2. Behave professionally.
The Agile Coach Camp is a safe, welcoming and accepting space, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why unacceptable behaviors or harassment will not be tolerated.
We have adopted the Agile Alliance’s Code of Conduct and expect that you agree to follow the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching.
2300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
10-min drive from The White House
Excella’s offices are only 0.1 mile –one-minute walk– from the Court House Metro Station (Orange Line):
– Friday: 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m.
– Saturday: 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m.
– Sunday: 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.
Excella’s headquarters is surrounded by convenient street parking. Coins, credit/debit card and mobile app are accepted.
– Friday and Saturday: $1.75/hour
– Sunday: Free
Just across the street from Excella there is a building with plenty of parking (2200 Clarendon Boulevard. Arlington, VA 22201):
– Saturday: Free
– Sunday: Free.
A few days before the event, we might create a channel for attendees to ask for and offer carpooling. Stay tuned!
There are plenty of options in the area, from hotels to AirBNB.
PREFERRED HOTEL (just across the street from the venue and half block from the Court House metro station):
2401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, United States, 22201. +1 703 243 2494
Although it wasn’t possible to secure a group rate for the Camp, it is a very convenient, not-expensive option. Depending on the day of booking, some websites such as Google and Kajak offer lower rates than those published directly by the hotel.