14 January 2019

Alternatives to Agile Coach Camp Canada! or My Recommended List of Conferences, Un-conferences, Local Meetups and More!

Agile Coach Camp Canada is very popular this year. The organizers decided to use a lottery style ticketing system. If you have not put your name on it, do it! It reminded me of Google I/O when the tickets were sold out in less than an hour. ACCCA is the Google I/O of Agile, even Agile 20xx is not sold out in that record time!

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If you are like me, i.e. not lucky at all, you probably will be left out this year. It's not the end of the world. Be positive, there are four draws, you will get four chances (as I do). You might get lucky and score a ticket. If not, it's always next year too. If you got lucked out of ACCCA this year, what are your alternative options? These are some of what I know in North America, and recommend!

Agile Games Canada - Toronto

A one day of open space. You can learn, contribute or even invent new games. It is not limited to the games only, it's an open space after all. If you like to talk about anything agile and beyond and if you like a good audience this is for you.

Agile Coach Retreat - Toronto

A one day retreat for coaches to get together; usually, learn a new thing or two in the morning, and in the afternoon to practice coaching. Sometimes the afternoon becomes a mini-open space too. 

Spark The Change - Toronto

A two-day event focused on many perspectives and aspects of the Change! You won't leave without inspiration, guaranteed! 

Play 4 Agile North America - Cornwall

This is very similar to the Agile Coach Camp, just focused on the gaming aspect more; or not! You have to take part to know! Also, it is one day longer, you get to have fun one more day! 

Agile Open Canada - Vancouver

This used to be called Agile Coach Camp West. They rebranded to Agile Open Canada from the last couple of years. This year it is in beautiful Vancouver. A great excuse to visit the west coast with family.

Agile Coach Camp - U.S.

There is an annual coach camp happening in the US. This is a rotating coach camp, it will give you a chance to visit different cities in the US. 

Local Gatherings 

There are plenty of gathering happening locally where you live, I am sure. These are some that can give you back what you might miss at ACCCA. These are the ones I know and can recommend to you:

East - Toronto

Ceased to Operate:

East - Ottawa

West - Vancouver 

West - Calgary

  • Calgary Agile: A meetup group for practitioners of agile methods in Calgary

Conferences

Conferences are good alternatives to ACCCA, and in general to attend! These are the ones I would recommend if you are in North America.

Unconferences


Please point out any good ones that you know of! I will add them to the list.

4 comments:

  1. Awesome post! Thank you for sharing! Can I share via other methods?

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    1. For sure @Stuart. Please feel free and do so!

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  2. Hi Shahin - you could add Agile Ottawa meetup to Local Gatherings East. I'll let you Google it, so I don't spam a link.
    - Dag

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