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Welcome Reception

TUE 29.MAY.12 | 5.30PM | Match Day Bar, Level B1, Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

Join us for some light refreshments and a relaxing atmosphere at the Welcome Reception sponsored by Rally Software. As well as enjoying casual conversation with fellow agilists, you will get to experience a preview of the amazing Agile content that will be on offer during the following 2 days through an informal 'ask an expert' roundtable. With experts under the coaching, testing and developing, project and product managing, and leadership and teams umbrellas; you'll be able to ask any tricky Agile questions during the reception evening.

You'll also be given the opportunity to creatively contribute to the discussion and to the conference in general. Come to this lively event to find out how!

The Welcome Reception is free to attend and is only open to Agile Australia 2012 delegates. If you are a delegate, please RSVP for the Welcome Reception here.

Experts include:
» John Sullivan - Head of Technology, New Business Development, Jetstar
» Adam Boas - Principal Engineer, Tiny Robot Army
» Erik Peterson - Senior Consultant, Emprove
» Kane Mar - President, Scrumology
» Steve Lawrence - Lead Agile Coach, Rally Software Australia

ThoughtWorks Open House 2012

WED 30.MAY.12 | 5.45PM | ThoughtWorks Offices

Following on from the success of the Open House last year, ThoughtWorks once again invites Agile Australia attendees to their Melbourne home for an exciting night.

You will have the opportunity to chat with ThoughtWorks' Founder and Chairman Roy Singham and ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons while enjoying gourmet finger food and drinks.

There is no cost for this event however there are only a few tickets remaining! To register please visit the ThoughtWorks booth at the conference.

The Open Space

The Open Space is a dedicated place in the conference networking area that allows you to to set the agenda! If we've missed an important topic you'd like to discuss, or haven't addressed one of your burning questions, The Open Space will provide the opportunity for you to discuss any question or topic you like!

Simply write your topic, question, idea, or challenge using the cards and markers that will be available in The Open Space area and put it up on the wall. Be sure to write down the time that your discussion will be kicking off. We ask you to please group the contributions into common themes.

It's an open and collaborative space, which allows all perspectives to be heard and respected. The Open Space area at Agile Australia 2012 will be a great opportunity for you share your ideas and experiences, and learn from the experiences of others!

Some other things that will be happening in The Open Space:

Lean Coffee with Jason Yip | WED-THU 30-31.MAY.12 | 7.30AM | The Open Space

"If we want to learn from our meetings, we need to allow the conversation to be set by the very professionals we invited to the meeting in the first place. If they were worth inviting, they must be worth including." Jim Benson

An introduction to Lean Coffee at Agile Australia by having a Lean Coffee!: dynamic agenda, dot-voting, discussion, debrief, repeat.

Agile Games with Kane Mar | WED 30.MAY.12 | 2.00PM | The Open Space

Join in for some fun and interactive games and take away some great learnings too!

Lightning Talks with Jonathan Coleman | WED 30.MAY.12 | 4.00PM | The Open Space

Check The Open Space noticeboard at the conference for more lightning talk sessions!

Lightning Talks are concise, informal mini-presentations that generate ideas and conversation points for the audience.

Lightning Talks can be on any topic and are a maximum of FIVE minutes long. The emphasis of these mini-presentations is on knowledge sharing, generating new ideas, and having fun!

Would you like to submit a lightning talk? Email a topic title (ten words or less) to with your contact details.

Lightning talks so far:
Blanket Ban on Email! Experimenting with Types of Communication in a Malfunctioning team
» Jonathan Coleman - Iteration Manager, Suncorp
Agile Adventures in China
» Erik Petersen - Senior Consultant, Emprove
User Story Centric Stand Ups
» Andrew Rusling - Agile Coach, CSGI

The Press Gallery

The 'Press Gallery' is an opportunity for you to continue the conversation with your favourite speaker that began with their presentation. Some of our speakers have bravely agreed to make themselves available in The Open Space directly after their presentation, to continue taking questions and further discussions arising from their session.

After their formal presentation, speakers will head head over to The Open Space and continue to take questions, just like a media Press Gallery. Stay tuned for a list of participating speakers.

Dinner with a Stranger

Want to spend more time with like-minded people? Perhaps you've travelled a fair distance to attend the conference and the idea of another room service meal isn't too appealing? Dinner with a Stranger is an easy and informal way to organise a meal with other conference delegates like yourself.

We've already booked tables at some of our most highly recommended eateries in Melbourne. There's sure to be something that takes your fancy - from modern Australian cuisine, to Italian, Greek, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese...

You simply need to add your name to the sign up sheet that will be pinned to The Open Space wall and hey presto! Instant dinner party!


WED 30.MAY.12 | 6.00PM | Ballroom, Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

Activate Agile is an exclusive forum for highschool and university students which explores what Agile organisations are really like, with case studies showing how Agile works in the actual world, and an engaging and inspiring look at Agile principles in a series of dynamic lightning talks.

If you know any high school or university students who would be interested in an introduction to Agile, this is the place for them. Find out more at

Fitness in the Park

THU 31.MAY.12 | 6.30AM | Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

Enjoy the beautiful Melbourne air with a free invigorating outdoor group fitness session exclusive to Agile Australia 2012 delegates. Meet at the fairy tree next to the cafe and model Tudor Village in Fitzroy Gardens.

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