In today's market, networking has become more important than ever.
The Agile2012 experience extends well-beyond the sessions with great special events aimed at helping you network with participants and speakers in casual, social settings. You'll have lots of opportunities to make valuable professional contacts, catch up with colleagues, and make new friends.
First Time Attendee Orientation
If you find the conference schedule slightly overwhelming, make sure to attend the Agile2012 Orientation Sessions. These special sessions are designed to give first-time attendees a little "101 Guide" to Agile2012, including insight into ways to get the most out of their experience. There will also be a "Q & A" session at the end in case we miss anything. There is no pre-registration required and any registered Agile2012 attendee may attend.
Orientation is held in the Open Jam space on Sunday, August 12 at 14:00 and 17:00, and on Monday, August 13 at 8:00.
The Agile Lounge - Open daily from 9:00 to 17:00
Take a break from Agile2012 action and relax in the Agile Alliance Lounge. Check out the activities of the organization, meet board members, enjoy a refreshing beverage, and pick up Agile Alliance swag. While you are there, inquire about ways you and your company can become more involved in the Agile community, take a look at the updated Agile Alliance roadmap, and see a new graphic banner highlighting historical events in the organization's history. You are a member - this is your professional organization - be a part of it!
Open Jam Huddle - Monday August 13th - Thusday August 17th - 8:30 - 9:00
Producers: Rachel Davies & Linda Rising
Like bees around a jampot, Open Jam is buzzing place for thought leaders to hang out, it’s where juicy conversations about edgy and groundbreaking topics happen. Come along to discuss your sticky issues and burning questions. Pick up valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.
Anyone at the conference can convene a session at Open Jam stage. Open Jam sessions run throughout the day and late into the evening. All you need to lead a session is passion and commitment. We encourage interactive sessions providing opportunities to explore Agile ideas and techniques.
Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program -- it's more fun if they are not!
Come along to our daily huddle at 8:30AM in the Center Prefunction space, to grab a timeslot and announce your session to fellow conference participants.
Ice Breaker Reception - Monday, August 13th at 19:00 - 22:00
Join us for Agile2012's Opening night reception. The night will be filled with food, drink and fun! After chatting with new attendees and reconnecting with old friends, be sure to stop by the vendors to see what's new in the industry.
AGILE DEVELOPMENT Lab - Monday August 13 - Thursday August 16th
Producer: Bob Payne
Donate your software development skills at Agile2012 for a great cause.
We are truly excited about this year's Agile Development Lab at Agile 2012! This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a real Agile project for a Not for Profit.
This year we will be building Wishlisting.org, a future website for AHIP, one of central Virginia’s oldest, most effective and most respected non-profit housing organizations. This new website will enable AHIP donors to fund specific items and projects from family "Wishlists", and learn about the families they are helping. We will be building this website in a general way so that other charities can also use it for similar purposes.
Join us in practice and sharing for a good cause, and engage in a truly interactive, hands-on experience. Contribute your expertise, or learn new practices to go with new ideas. See the experts in action, get talking with fellow analysts, developers and testers, and combine your skills with new friends from other disciplines. We’ll give you guided walkthroughs, clear instructions and helpful explanations. If you’re inspired to give us a lighting talk, the floor is yours!
See you in the Code Lab at Agile2012!
The lab will be open Monday, Aug. 13 - Thursday, Aug. 16th
Bob Payne – Bob.Payne@LitheSpeed.com
Arin Sime - Arin@AgilityFeat.com
Kent McDonald – Kent@KBridgePartners.com
Industry Analyst Panel Discussion - Tuesday, August 14th - 17:30-18:30
Agile Trends and Future Directions - Come join the leading industry analysts as they discuss the latest trends and emerging best practices around Agile software development. Learn how the most successful software organizations are utilizing Agile to drive business performance. Find out how the latest innovations in Agile practices continue to mature as development organizations deploy Agile further across the enterprise.
Dinner with a Stranger - Tuesday, August 14th - Various Restaurants
Socializing and networking are an integral part of Agile2012. If you'll be attending Agile2012 alone, make sure to stop by the registration desk and sign up for "Dinner with a Stranger" on Tuesday, August 14th. Just add your name to one of the sign-up sheets with the names of nearby restaurants and later that night meet your fellow participants for dinner and great conversation. Seating is limited, so sign up early!
Agile Alliance Members Meeting - Wednesday, August 15th at 17:30 - 18:30
The annual Agile Alliance Member's Meeting will be held at the Agile2012 conference. Members are invited to meet, hear about, and discuss Alliance business with the Agile Alliance Board of Directors. Drinks and snacks will be served.
Sponsor Reception - Wednesday, August 15th at 18:30-20:30
Get your Agile2012 passport stamped at this year's Sponsor Reception. The sponsors have played a large role in making this year's conference a great success. So come out and visit their booths, find out the latest and greatest in agile development, collect stamps, enjoy appetizers and drink, and enter for your chance to win great prizes!
Conference Party - Thursday, August 16th at 19:00-22:00
We reserve the final evening for this year's Agile2012 conference party. We are still working on the details of this event and waiting for the last responsible moment to finalize our plans. But trust us; it will be a party that you won’t want to miss. It will include a scrumptious dinner, beverages and entertainment rarely found at software conferences.