Agile Alliance Conference Updates

by Phil Brock

What happens when you can’t hold a physical conference event?

The first thing that comes to mind is shock, with a large dollop of sadness. Then the wheels start to turn. Everyone wants to move things online. There is a sense of urgency: we can’t lose the passion and the energy.

Next, a reality begins to crystallize — we can’t move a physical conference sideways, drop it into a convenient online package, add people, and stir. It just doesn’t work like that. So we begin to think of creating something new, different, and hopefully compelling.

That’s where we are within Agile Alliance with this year’s events. deliver:Agile, XP 2020, and now Agile2020 — all not possible to hold safely in the physical world.

What’s next?

The time frames for each event are, of course, very different. deliver:Agile 2020 is still something of an unknown. XP 2020 is going online in a slightly abbreviated but interesting way on June 8–12, 2020. Lots of attention is going into exploring concepts to enhance interaction between attendees and speakers. Academics will still get to present their research and publish their papers. Experience Reporters will present and publish.

Agile2020 is different altogether. The program team, our staff, and the Agile Alliance board of directors are thinking about different ways to connect the Agile community while still providing great content. What that experience will be, how long it will take to unfold, and what the ultimate value that will be provided — these things are very much still up in the air.

The Alliance has attempted to keep you apprised of the thought process as it evolves. Some things we know, many things we don’t know. All of us are working together on this and hope that you will have patience as these processes evolve. We promise to keep you informed.

Originally published at on April 30, 2020.

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