The Agile Management Northwest one day 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.
Our theme this year is “Begin the Transformation with Us.” It seems like so much of transformation work is imposed by others, leading to change efforts that lack heart and authenticity. It’s time to change that approach. We need to begin with ourselves, personally, and with those most immediate to us. We need to be the change that the organization is looking for.
We are pleased to have the fabulous Christen McLemore deliver our keynote. Christen is a powerful new voice in the agile leadership space that you won’t want to miss. She speaks with passion, experience, and most importantly, authenticity.
This year’s conference is Monday September 16th, at the Brightwater Center. The event kicks off at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast, followed by a full day of open space sessions including lunch.
Christen is a recovering Project Manager and Agile Purist. With decades of practical experience coaching, leading agile transformations and consulting Fortune 100 companies, she took the leap to start her own business. She is dedicated to serving the agile coaching community by promoting Leadership, Love and Belonging!
With her quick wit and loving irreverence, Christen is known for her raw and humorous discussions with people struggling to be brave and successful in today’s sometimes callous, alienating workplaces. People appreciate her thoughtful, direct and grounding guidance that almost always ends with a mutual laugh and an f’bomb for good measure.
Christen lives in Denver, Colorado with her rescued Great Pyrenees mix, Ripley (named after Ellen Ripley from Aliens!). You'll likely find the two of them camping, finding new places for inspiration and visiting with friends year round.
The Agile Management Northwest conference is for leaders, executives and managers who use agile practices and techniques to help organizations find a better way of working and delivering value. Our conference provides a place to hear what’s working and explore new ideas with colleagues. Unlike many larger conferences, we are keeping Agile Management Northwest small, with only 60 attendees from local organizations, so that we can focus on creating a high quality, thoroughly engaging experience.
Agile Management Northwest facilitates community conversation and peer learning. For managers who need to understand what it means lead within agile organizations, our conference is an open space (Open Space Technology or Unconference) forum dedicated to leaders that provides a place for us to share our experiences, have conversations with leading agile practitioners, and find better ways to help our organizations become more agile.
Unlike other more traditional conferences our conference delivers community, ideas, and ultimately, action. Agile Management Northwest is focused on those of you who are accountable for successful outcomes and value delivery using agile practices.
Whether you are new to agile or a seasoned agile leader that has experience with agile practices, tools and techniques, we hope that you’ll join us for an engaging experience and gaining new ideas to take back to your organization.
The Agile Management Northwest conference premiered in September, 2016 with 80 attendees. Topics ranged from strategic leadership, managing distributed teams and the impact of offshore development to defining and measuring success, and organization structure including defining job titles/ families to support agile.
The sustainably built Brightwater Center features multi-purpose meeting areas for community groups, conferences, weddings and special events. The Center has a large event space that accommodates up to 260 people as well as a classroom and laboratory.
The Center is surrounded by 70 acres of natural area with ponds, wetlands and walking trails. Additional amenities include an exhibit hall, kitchen facilities, outside patios, fireplace and ample parking.
Tom 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. e led the Seattle eastside chapter of the APLN as well as creating the Agile Management conference. He is a speaker and author on Agile topics in local and international forums. He wrote "The Little Book of Impediments" which can be found on www.leanpub.com.
Connie is a value and customer driven Agile Product Manager with 30+ years successfully delivering well-received products. She has substantial experience in product planning, roadmap development and product lifecycle management including assessing organizational core competencies, building and delivering web-based software products that generate new revenue. She has been practicing Agile software development principles since 2006 as Senior Product Owner or Agile Coach.
Jay Vandewark started his agile journey in 2000. Along the way he has helped 15+ organizations, 5+ release trains, 30+ teams, and 500+ individuals with their journey in his role as an external consultant or an internal organizational leader. Volunteering as a co-organizer of Agile Management Northwest is one more way of trying to help people develop better products in a better way. linkedin.com/in/jayvandewark
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