We are pleased to announce the 5th Agile Coach Camp in Canada! This event is an opportunity for Agile Coaches of all levels to come together and learn from each other.
The coach camp will be held June 6-8, 2014. We have booked facilities at the University of Guelph as they can provide the environment needed for a successful event! Guelph is located approximately 100 kms west of Toronto. There are numerous options for accommodations including the university residence and nearby hotels. Refer to the "Location" menu for additional details.
Agile Coach Camp Canada is an open space conference inspired by the original Agile Coach Camp. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the event in Canada! Friday evening will include lightning talks and an interactive agile learning session! Saturday will be an opportunity for Agile leaders to collaborate and learn from each other in an Open Space setting.
This is a practitioner-run conference for peer-to-peer learning and exploration. It’s your conference, so there will be no sessions until you arrive! We will plan it collaboratively. If you prefer a conference where you can sit and listen to expert lectures, this isn’t it.
The art of coaching teams toward excellence and productivity is tricky business. We often don’t have direct control over groups but have responsibilities to motivate team members who don’t report to us. Too often, as coaches, we work in isolation from other expert coaches in the field. 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 Canada 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. It’s a great chance to form relationships that can last a lifetime (and act as a lifeline).
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 ScrumMasters, XP Coaches, Trainers, Change Agents and Mentors to talk, draw, argue and explore ideas, then this conference is for you.
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Open Space Technology
We use the Open Space Technology meeting format, which means you, the participant, determine the topics and questions that you want to talk about. We’ll create our own agenda 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. 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.
Created fifteen years ago in a two-martini brainstorming session by Harrison Owen, Open Space runs on Owen’s ”four principles and one law,” and has been used by thousands of people around the globe since then:
Whoever comes is the right people
Whenever it starts is the right time
Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
When it’s over it’s over
The Law Of Two Feet : “If at any time you find that you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet and move to some place more to you liking.” Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable. It’s your conference, and you’re in charge of it.
In Open Space there are no leaders, no followers, definitely no talking-heads – only participants. Does this sound strange to you? Come prepared to create the event you need – starting with collaboratively building our agenda on the first day, full of topics we have passion for.