Special Events

Networking is more important than ever, and an integral part of your Agile2016 Conference experience.  Be sure to attend these 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.  You must wear your conference badge to participate.

Registration Desk

Centennial Foyer, Ballroom Level [LL1]

Sunday – 15:00 – 19:00
Monday – Thursday – 7:00 – 18:00
Friday – 7:00 – 12:30

Pick-up your badge and conference materials and ask any questions you may have at Agile2016 throughout the week.

Attend the Early Registration Meet & Greet on Sunday from 18:00 – 19:00 to miss the crowd!

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First Time Attendee Orientation

Centennial I, Ballroom Level [LL1]

Sunday @15:15 & 18:15
Monday @8:15

Get the most out of Agile2016 by attending a First Time Attendee Orientation Session.  These short half-hour sessions are designed to give you a little “101 Guide” to Agile2016, including insights into ways to get the most out of your experience.  There will also be a “Q & A” session at the end in case we miss anything.

There is no pre-registration required for this, or any other session.

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Agile Alliance Lounge

Centennial Foyer, Ballroom Level [LL1]

Monday – Thursday – 9:00 – 17:00
Friday – 9:00 – 12:00

Take a break from Agile2016 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.  As an Attendee, you are a Member – this is your professional organization.  While you are there, inquire about ways you and your company can become more involved in the Agile community.

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Early Registration Meet & Greet

Centennial Foyer, Ballroom Level [LL1]

Sunday – 18:00 – 19:00

We invite everyone to kick off the conference week early.  Join us Sunday evening from 18:00 – 19:00 for a casual get-together with other early arrivals.

The Registration Desk will open at 15:00 pm on Sunday.

Come early and miss the crowd! Pick up your badge, registration package and an additional complimentary beverage ticket.

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Sponsor Exhibition

Grand Hall, Exhibit Level [LL2]

Sponsors are an important element of the Agile2016 Conference.  Be sure to stop by and say Hi to all of our Sponsor Exhibitors in the Grand Hall, Exhibit Level during the following Exhibit Hours:

Monday – 12:00 – 15:45 & 19:00 – 22:00
Tuesday – 12:00 – 15:45
Wednesday – 12:00 – 15:45 & 18:00 – 20:00
Thursday – 10:00 – 14:00

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Open Jam

Grand Hall Foyer, Exhibit Level [LL2]

Sunday – 15:00 – 18:00
Monday – Thursday – 9:00 – 17:00 with Daily Huddle @8:30 & 13:30
Friday – 9:00 – 10:15 – in Centennial Hall

Want to delve deeper into a session you went to?  Have an edgy or groundbreaking topic to share?  Got some questions you want to discuss?  Then you want to come to Open Jam, where folks gather to introduce thoughts and take away ideas while building off of one another’s creativity.

Anyone may convene an Open Jam session. They are short sessions that run throughout the day, from early in the morning, like Lean Coffee, and sometimes late into the evening! All you need to lead a session is passion and commitment. We encourage interactive sessions providing opportunities to explore ideas and techniques. Sessions don’t need to be formal, in fact, sometimes it’s more fun if they are not!

So come to the Open Jam to choose a time slot for your session, then announce it to fellow conference participants so they can join!

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Coaches Clinic

Grand Hall Foyer, Exhibit Level [LL2]

Monday – Thursday – 9:00 – 17:00 and Friday – 9:00 – 12:00

Want some help with specific challenges you have encountered on your way to a more Agile way of working? Come to the Coaches Clinic where you can speak one-on-one with an experienced Agile Coach. We can help you find the right coach to discuss technical practices, organizational change, Scrum, Kanban, Agile Coaching as a career and many other topics.

The Coaches Clinic will offer appointments as well as walk-in service. Look for the schedule board in the Grand Hall Foyer.

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Centennial Hall Foyer, Ballroom Level [LL1]

Shop our extensive book selection, many written by Agile2016 speakers. Visit the Agile2016 Bookstore:

Sunday – 15:00 – 18:00
Monday – Thursday – 8:00 – 18:00 and
Friday – 9:00 – 12:00

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Ice Breaker Reception

Grand Hall, Exhibit Level [LL2]

Monday – 19:00 – 22:00

Join us for Agile2016’s Opening Night reception. The evening will be filled with food, drink, live entertainment and games! Mix and mingle, chat with new Attendees, reconnect with old friends, and be sure to check out the Sponsor booths to see what’s new and exciting in the industry.

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Industry Analyst Panel Discussion: Agile Trends and Future Directions

Centennial I, Ballroom Level [LL1]

Tuesday – 17:30 – 18:30

Hear from 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.

This year’s theme is Agile Trends and Future Directions. Join us to hear unique perspectives and gain industry knowledge from this year’s participants.

  • Margo Visitacion, Vice President Research at Forrester Research
  • Tom Grant, Practice Director, Agile Product Management & Software Engineering Excellence at Cutter Consortium
  • Ray Arell, Former Director Intel Emergent Systems and Coaching at Intel
  • Steve Denning, Author and Independent Management Consulting Professional
  • Jim Newkirk, VP Cloud Development at CenturyLink will serve as Moderator

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Agile Alliance Members Meeting

Centennial I, Ballroom Level [LL1]

Wednesday – 17:00 – 18:00

The annual Agile Alliance Members’ Meeting will be held at the Agile2016 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.

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Agile2016 Sponsor Reception

Grand Hall, Exhibit Level [LL2]

Wednesday – 18:00 – 20:00

Have fun — eat, drink and be merry!  Get your Agile2016 party map signed at this year’s Sponsor Reception for your chance to win lots of cool prizes.

Explore the latest, greatest Agile resources while having a blast with friends and colleagues!

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Conference Party @Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

Thursday – 19:30 – 22:30

Celebrate an awesome week with colleagues and new friends as you enjoy delicious food and drinks, great music and dancing and surrounded by aquatic entertainment!  It’ll be a Conference Party to remember!

This year’s Agile2016 Conference Party will take place at the famous Georgia Aquarium.  Meet fellow attendees in the Lobby of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at 19:15 for a short guided walk to the venue.  Transportation will also be provided.

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