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AgileTour 2017 Details

Here is how the AgileTour Conference on OCTOBER 23th, 2017 is shaping up. (The event page does not have enough room to tell you about all that we will have going on. )

Our Theme for the Day,

Be Brave . Be Smart. Keep on Keeping On .  That is how Battles are won.

Location is FrontLine Education ( previously Frontline Technologies)

List of slides available from Speakers will be here later:

. . . The DAY . . . October 23rd . . .

A new experiment: Have 3 optional Lean Coffees in the Delaware Valley ON THE MORNING OF the Half Day Conference, and then afterwards, people can carpool together to the HalfDay Conference.

( If you have never been to a Lean Coffee, perhaps this is the day to try one. )

Locations for Lean Coffee on Oct 10 morning: 30th Street Station ( for downtowners ) , K of Prussia RestStop on the PA Turnpike, 3rd Location in Delaware County to be determined, like Rte 322 or Johns’ Hotdogs in Dilworthtown, Delaware County on Rte 202, and lastly, a Fallback of a 4th Locn being FrontLine Education.

 

Lastly, Encourage others to come out.  Your boss, your CIO, Product Owners and all the unitiated to come out for half a day and see that Agile and Scrum are mainstream and is an accepted discipline for over ten years now.

 

 . . . COST . . .

We will gain be using the catering at our host Frontline Education

and will once again we will be collecting $20 for lunch from attendees using TicketLeap.com

Tickets are available at https://agilephilly.ticketleap.com/oct-10th-2016-half-day-conference

For Sponsors, we ask a flat $100.  This is to pay for our webpage and the occasional pizza for when we did not get a local company to step up and sponsor the pizza for our monthly evening meeting.

Sponsors are also encouraged to bring some swag or a gift card to make the raffle interesting.

 . . . TOPICS . . . ( We officially start at 11:00 AM   )

Talks to fill the conference rooms in the first hour.

Tracks that we will have =

    An emphasis on KANBAN and LEAN 

    and Team Building and the importance of Teamwork

 

. . . CLOSED . . . Submitting proposals for a Talk . . .

We kept it loose.  For next year, remember to

Discuss your ideas at http://AgilePhilly.slack.com

Email us your finalized subject to mailto:AgilePhillyCoordinators@YahooGroups.com?Subject=Oct.10.Talk

- An abstract with catchy title 

- Include your name and your email contact

- Is it an hour talk or a Lightning Talk ?  If Lightning Talk, how long do you think it will take ?

- If a workshop, will it be two parts ?

- We will get back to you to flesh out the talk and schedule it in the day.

- Identify your audience: Novice or  Intermediate

 

. . . OVERALL SCHEDULE . . . 

We will finish the day at at 4:30 pm 

8:30-10:00 Optional Lean Coffee

10:00-11:00 Drive Time, some members participating in a Optional Lean Coffee Caravan

11:00-12:00 Morning Session

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 First Afternoon Session

2:15-3:15 Second Session is Panel of Experts and Raffle

3:30-4:30 Third Session

. . . SPEAKERS . . .

check out http://www.agilephilly.com/page/oct-23-2017-session-grid 

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During the Raffle and Panel of Experts, some other things you will hear about which AgilePhilly has been doing

   - Our Mentorship program run by Andre and Doug.

   - Lean Coffees and feedback about them

   - Surveys of members done by Coordinators.

** And who are the Coordinators ?

“Coordinators”, like our "Members", are loosely defined. 

We have over 1,500 members. Since we do not charge dues or fees, if we have your email address and you get our announcement email, you are a member.

AgilePhilly does not have a Board of Directors and officers like President and VP.  Our “Coordinators” do what a board of directors would do – review stuff.  NEW IDEAS and FEEDBACK are the delivables they bring.  It is all done virtually by floating some ideas in our listserv for the coordinators. mailto:AgilePhillyCoordinators@YahooGroups.com?Subject=Coordinator.stuff

We believe if someone can do something good for AgilePhilly – like Greg Robinson running downtown meetings or Tiffany Powley running Lean Coffees – we encourage it. We try not hold people to anything too firm, but will let you experiment and change-up events to see what works - - - And if all of a sudden, you get busy, we have someone else here who can step in and help out.

 But at over 1,700 “members” - - we may have to put more formal organization together. And may have to charge dues or fees.  So we “Coordinators” think about that a lot.  But we like it how it is. It's fun and it is really not a lot of work for us who love what we do, making better software and the process of its construction even better.

As far as all the other things required to run a meeting . . . the website handles much of the mechanics of our organization, so we don’t really need officers.  Since so many of our dedicated Coordinators ( active organizers and helpers of AgilePhilly ) are consultants, and since it is hard for anyone nowadays to commit to a “full year term” or other stint, we have kept commitments of the Coordinators quite loose. "Many hands make Light Work"

And the sponsorships of our Half Day Conference pays for the website.

And the occasional pizza.

We love pizza.

. . . AgilePhilly has three core beliefs that come from the Agile Manifesto and Scrum doctrine.

These are supported by the website  www.AgilePhilly.com   We emphasis

 - a personal welcome when you join ( people over process )

 - religiously schedule meetings every month ( have a cadence )

 - announce the meetings beforehand in emails ( expectations and commitments are honored )

and while we are at it, we will crosspost on the website other local events our members find interesting, since we want everyone to grow and find what works for them, works for their teams, and works for their software projects.

- The Coordinators

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