Join us for “Extreme Open Space” coming this July to Agile2024!

For Agile2024, we’re exploring how to “Reimagine Agile” in many different ways, starting with the Reimagining Agile keynote panel on Wednesday. But then the fun really begins! We’ll take what we learned in the keynote and host deep-dive conversations with fellow Agilists in our full-day Extreme Open Space session. 

What exactly is Extreme Open Space?

Open Space is an awesome way to bring people together, organize them in small groups, and allow them to create their own agenda of parallel sessions around specific themes. We think that Open Space learning is so valuable that we’re dedicating our entire Wednesday program schedule (after the keynote panel) to this format.

But something THIS BIG needs a new name – presenting Extreme Open Space!

Imagine 34 separate spaces during each time period (for a total of 102 sessions) with each space containing a table, chairs, a flip chart, and a topic for discussion. Topics will be proposed during the opening remarks for Extreme Open Space. In true Agile form, participants will determine which of the proposed topics are of the most interest. You then decide which sessions to join and explore the topic together with your group, or you can move on to another session as you prefer.


Open Space is a self-organized “un-conference”

Open Space participants create the Agenda!

When you bring together a group of people, empower them to co-create their own learning, provide just enough structure to ensure progress, and hit the Start button – that’s Open Space, a style of self-organized “un-conference.” Open Space is the perfect match for Agile values.

In Open Space events, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel sessions around a specific theme. Open Space is a straightforward way to create participant-driven events to address a specific question or theme. 

After being introduced to the principles and practices of Open Space, participants are invited to build the event schedule “just-in-time.” Individuals propose sessions they’d like to lead or sessions they’d like to see someone else step up and lead. Quickly, almost if by magic, a schedule emerges, composed of sessions around topics people feel passionate about pursuing.

The “nuts and bolts” of Open Space

Open Space is a process that allows everyone to participate in sessions with others whom they may not normally have a chance to talk with. Like Agile itself, Open Space sessions operate under a small set of guiding principles. These principles are deceptively simple yet provide just enough structure for spontaneous discussions:

  • Whoever comes are the right people.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
  • Whenever it’s over, it’s over.
  • Wherever it happens is the right place.

Additionally, there is one law—The Law of Personal Mobility: If you find yourself where you can’t learn or contribute, move yourself to a place where you can.

Don’t miss Extreme Open Space at Agile2024!

Your team and organization are facing unique challenges. Industry trends are somehow both encouraging and frightening at the same time. But, the techniques required to solve these issues need to be practiced and given the appropriate “space” to flourish. This is an incredible opportunity to problem-solve with other Agilists and make the connections you need to grow and advance your career. You don’t want to miss Extreme Open Space!

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