Conference season madness

It is conference season again, lot’s of exciting places to visit, sessions to attend and people to meet!
So many options, so little time & budget.  Madness, I tell you!

Let me share my list of favourites with you:

Agile Central Europe – March 31 till April 1 in Krakow, Poland

This is quite a new conference, targeting a specific audience of agile enthusiasts in Central Europe.  I haven’t been there last year, but I will be hosting a session about Kanban this year.  From my interaction with the organization, this promises to be a really interesting one.  Instead of scheduling a full program of talks and workshops, the program is a mixture of sessions and open space.  I like the idea.

Mini XP Days – April 1 in Mechelen, Belgium

This is a smaller version of it’s bigger brother XP Days which are held at the end of each year.  The  Mini XP days is a 1 day only conference with a program of the best rated sessions of the XP Days.  High quality guaranteed!

Scandinavian Developer Conference  – April 4 till April 5 in Göteborg, Sweden.

I visited the SDC last year and loved it from the start.  They convention center is a great venue with plenty of space and modern accommodations.  Besides that, they always seem to be able to book great speakers.  Last year, they had Kent Beck, Brian Marick and Diana Larsen.  This year, Alistair Cockburn will do the keynote.  If you’re not interested in agile, they have 10 parallel stages and a conversation corner where open discussions can be held, facilitated or not.

Agile Open Belgium somewhere in May, Ghent.

A two day open space event, where I always learn something new and meet interesting people.  The atmosphere is very relaxed, but also very committed.  It usually runs from Friday to Saturday, which makes that all attendants are really interested, because they sacrifice their personal time.  I recommend it to everyone willing to learn more about agile.  You will learn so much more than in a standard conference where you just sit and listen.

Lean Software & Systems Conference May 3 till May 6 in Long Beach, California.

The growing Lean Software & Systems community holds their annual conference in California this year.  This is a great conference if you want to learn more about Lean software development, Kanban, Systems thinking, etc.  I ‘m very proud to host a session about Kanban in a government context.  The program looks amazing!  A lot of thought leaders and experts will share their experience is this emerging field.

XP2011May 10 till May 13 in Madrid, Spain.  

XP is an international conference on agile methods in software and information systems development.  It will be organized in Madrid this year.  I’ve never been to an XP conference, this year will be my first.  From all the comments I’ve heard over the years, this should be great.  I will be hosting a tutorial with Patrick Kua on Agile Retrospectives.  The program looks amazing, with many interactive sessions and workshops.

That’s quite a list already!  Many more conferences are coming, too much to write in one blog post.  You can find conferences based on your location or interests on this great website:

About Nick Oostvogels

Hi, I'm an independent management consultant. My biggest strengths are located in the fields of teamwork, motivation, leadership and continuous improvement. In the IT industry you find a lot of these values in the agile movement, in which I often act as a project leader, product owner or coach. My interests go a lot further, into other industries where we find these values in lean production. Besides that, I try to broaden my horizon as much as possible, always looking for better ways of doing business.

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