The People – We attract an incredibly diverse audience. I’m not really sure why, but I love it. Lawyers, software geeks, musicians, managers, agilists, and executives. There are a wide range of people with very different interests that find this conference invigorating.
The Sophistication – People are often surprised at the esoteric topics that come up. There is a very high standard of quality to the conversations that take place. Previous attendees have often remarked that the topics were sophisticated and remarkably accessible. I guess that when you have the right people, good things happen.
The Format – Open space enables people to have the conversations that they need to have. Perhaps that explains why people are so satisfied with the Agile Management Northwest experience. If you haven’t tried it before you owe it to yourself to join us and give it a spin.
The Self-experimentation workshop is something that I originally developed a few years ago for XP2013. It is very hands-on, each attendee contributing their own experience to the workshop. To date it has been very popular. Some attendees have described it as one of the most invigorating talks they have ever attended. That’s pretty high praise – it’s probably my all-time favorite workshop.
If you are interested in getting a bit of a sneak preview of what this self experimentation stuff is all about, you can check out the experiments that I have run on the onestandardman blog. There is also background material here and here.
On the impediments front, there is a lot of material that you will find right here in this blog. For example there is this, and this and this. And then of course there is The Little Book of Impediments. There will be copies of the book at the bookstore for purchase at the conference. Catch me and I’ll be happy to sign one.
There will also be an Agile Management Conference meetup that will be held in the Open Jam area (time & date at the conference is TBD – check the Open Jam Board) so please join us for that if you are interested.