Mark Your Calendars for #AATC2017, April 19-21 in Boston

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It is our pleasure to announce the upcoming Agile Alliance Technical Conference, AATC2017, which will take place in Boston, MA on April 19-21. We’re at the very start of planning this conference but we — your conference chairs Craig Smith and Brian Button — intend to post frequently about the progress being made towards opening day in mid-April, only 160 or so short days away.

Some of the things we plan on accomplishing very soon are publishing our vision for the theme for this year’s conference (see below!), finalizing our Program Team, and beginning to solicit talks for this year’s program. Like last year, all of our sessions and workshops will be delivered by invited speakers and their duration will be either 45 or 90 minutes. A strong preference will be given to hands-on activities.

Getting to Our Vision

In coming up with the vision and theme for this year’s conference, we did a lot of talking about where our industry is now versus where it was when Extreme Programming first set our world afire in 1995 or so. The Agile world was mostly developer-focused then, and our practices reflected that. In looking at where we are now, it’s very apparent that everything about our industry has grown. Instead of being strongly developer-focused, we now have a much bigger tent that encompasses a half dozen roles or more. We also cover a much wider range of technology, systems, and scale.

That realization led directly to our vision — to explore the emerging and growing set of Agile practices used by practitioners of every type to deliver value to our customers. This allows us to open our tent to new audiences beyond developers and testers, creating a larger sense of community throughout all involved in system creation.

And with that, I give you our vision for #AATC2017:

AATC2017 Vision Statement

The Agile Alliance Technical Conference is focused on exploring the emerging and growing set of Agile Engineering practices. Initially very developer-focused, we have grown into a multi-disciplinary field that now includes practices from operations, testing, data science and infrastructure/cloud engineering.

New challenges and new directions need new tools and techniques, and new patterns and practices. AATC2017 will provide a space for practitioners in all involved fields to gather, present, and discuss new advances, learn from experts, and practice our craft together while exploring topics such as:

  • New and updated core development practices
  • Integration of user experience principles
  • Advances in testing practices and automation
  • Evolution of tools and techniques that bridge development, deployment, and operations
  • Growing importance of Big Data across the entire spectrum of activities

While cultural changes are equally important, we’ll leave those discussions for our larger conference, Agile20XX. Here we focus on the doing, the building, and the creating.


About the Author

Hi, I'm Brian Button, and I've spent most of my 30+ year career deeply embedded in the Agile world. I started as a developer, writing realtime C/C++ code for some very interesting products and projects. After doing that for a while I moved into the Agile world around 1999 by I accepting a position with one of the first Extreme Programming consulting companies.

Through them, I traveled the western world and the US teaching, training, and mentoring companies in their adoption of XP and agile. Since then, I've worked on team and organization transformations in several companies while still doing my best to remain at least tangentially technical. Eventually the lure of tech called me back, and I've been a technical leader for organizations in my last two roles. My happy place lies at the intersection of Agile and technology, which is why I'm such a fan of XP.

Giving back to the community is very important to me, so I've volunteered through Agile Alliance for the last 15 years or so. I've been involved with running the Agile20xx conference series many times, and I've served as a Director on the Agile Alliance Board for the last three years and was fortunate enough to have just been re-elected to serve a second term.

This is an Agile Alliance community blog post. Opinions represented are personal and belong solely to the author. They do not represent opinion or policy of Agile Alliance.

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