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Derby City Agile Open Space

October 20th, 2022, Louisville, KY

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Bringing The Louisville Agile Community Together

Featured Guest

Chet Hendrickson

Chet Hendrickson has been involved with Agile Software Development since 1996, when as a member of Chrysler’s C3 project he helped develop Extreme Programming. In 2000, Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson, and Chet wrote Extreme Programming Installed. It detailed XP’s core practices, how to do them, and how they work together to help teams be successful.
Chet is the first signatory to the Agile Manifesto.

Since 2002, Chet has been an independent consultant, coach, and trainer. In 2009, he was asked by the Scrum Alliance to help develop the Certified Scrum Developer program. Chet and Ron Jeffries taught the first CSD course and continue to offer them in the United States and Europe. He has been a Certified Scrum Trainer since 2009.

Ron and Chet were the curators of the Scrum Alliance’s Agile Atlas website and in that function created the Alliance’s official Scrum description, Core Scrum.

Chet and Ron Jeffries often work together and are popular conference speakers, bringing an interesting mix of humor and deep knowledge, and the odd cat picture. The are a fixture at the Agile Alliance’s annual conference, Agile 20xx, as presenters in the Stalwarts track.

Your Host

Eric Dickson

Eric Dickson

Anna Kepshire

Anna Kepshire

Jay Brown

Jay Brown

Theresa Bivens

Theresa Bivens

What is Derby City Agile Open Space?

Here’s How it Works

In the practice of Open Space Technology (OST), the event is formally Opened and Closed… the magic happens in the “open space”.

Opening the Space

During the initial session of the Gathering, the facilitator “opens the space”. All participants attend and sit in a large circle or concentric circles. The facilitator begins by introducing Open Space and explaining the Principles, the Law of Mobility & Responsibility, other aspects of Open Space, and how they all integrate to create an environment for self-directed learning.

The Four Principles:

  • Whoever comes are the right people.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could.
  • It starts when it starts.
  • It’s over when it’s over.

The Law of Mobility and Responsibility (also known as the “Law of Two Feet”): “If you are not learning or contributing where you are, find a place where you can learn or contribute.”

Creating the Sessions

When the introduction is over, the facilitator explains how to create sessions and then invites participants (you!) to present sessions they would like to convene. All you need to do is come forward and talk briefly (less than a minute) about your proposed session. There are many types of sessions possible and you don’t need to be an expert to convene. For instance, you might propose a session about:

  • a question or topic you want information about
  • a concept to be developed or idea to discuss
  • a tool or technique you’d like to explain
  • a problem that needs solving
  • an experience, lessons learned, best practices to share.

After announcing your proposal, you’ll select a time and location for the session from the available options and post a session notice on the wall.

Since there will be more sessions introduced than anyone can remember, the session postings need to state clear intentions. Be sure to include words like help, share, need, explain, discuss, present, etc. 

The Marketplace

When there are no more sessions to propose, the Market Place process begins. Participants move to the wall to browse the posted sessions (the Marketplace), and sign up to show interest (not commitment) in attending. While people mill around and discuss what they might want to attend, hosts may combine or reschedule their sessions. People leave the Marketplace whenever they are ready – the space and time are now open for holding sessions.

Check the Marketplace frequently – session hosts may update the Marketplace at any time during the Open Space. Existing sessions may be moved only by the session host; new sessions may be added by posting a notice in an open time/location.

Closing the Space

All participants come together again in a circle for the Closing. As the last session of the gathering, the Closing includes a time for thinking about and/or proposing action going forward that will put into practice the energies and insights that emerged from sessions. We conclude by sharing reflections about the Open Space experience.

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