We are pleased to offer your organisation the opportunity to partner with Agile on the bench to help make the first Agile on the Bench conference happen.
Dates: 25th July 2015
Venue: Debden campsite and conference centre, Newham
About Agile on the Bench
The premise was simple: could we run a low cost fun event, that gives people the chance to share their stories with like minded people over a lunch break and help strengthen the Agile community’s connections? We decided that excluding technology (strictly no PowerPoint or Keynote slides), keeping talks short and informal and hosting the event outside in a public place would be a good place to start. We shared the idea amongst our Agile networks and they seemed interested, so we gave it a go. We hosted our first minimum viable event in November 2014. It went so well that we have continued to host it and our audience has grown.
Topics have been broad, but all related to Agile, lean and teams, including how a pasta factory improved through transparency, how the making of Blondie’s parallel lines is like an Agile project and what learning how to ride a motorbike teaches us about being Agile.
We’re now extending the lunchtime event to a one-day conference. In keeping with our original ethos, we aim to keep the event accessible, both in terms of location and fees. Because of this we have chosen to host our minimum viable conference at a campsite close to London and will keep the ticket price to a minimum (an estimated £25-£35 a ticket). We have chosen to not make it free as we want people to commit to coming. As the organisers, we will not be making any financial gain from the conference, and plan to publish all costs. Event sponsorship will go towards keeping costs low. Any money that we raise over and above the cost of the conference will go towards food and drink on the day or future events.
If you think the name sounds familiar, you’re correct: it’s a friendly nod to Agile on the Beach, an annual Agile conference held in Falmouth.
About the people who’ll attend Agile on the Bench
We will be inviting our networks including Agile on the Bench attendees.
Agile on the Bench is attended by passionate Agile practitioners, our audience consists of Agile coaches, delivery managers, product owners, developers, UX consultants and designers. Our reach includes companies such as Government Digital Service, Pearson, reed.co.uk, DXW, Ministry of Justice and Department for Work and Pensions.
We have an ever growing mailing list of 161 people and a twitter following of 132, amplified by the organisers’ combined personal followers of around 8500. The conference will be attended by ~50 people.
Here’s what people are saying about us:
Mark O’Neill, Deputy Director, GDS – “Highly recommend @agileonthebench to anyone in London who wants to know/do more with agile”
Allan Kelly, Agile consultant, organiser of Agile on the Beach – “Thanks to team @agileonthebench for lunch time learning”
Juliet Eccleston, Transformation consultant – “Really enjoyed my first @agileonthebench meet up today, great speakers and great turn out. Thank you!”
Pawel Kaminski – “Agile on the Bench was really cool…”
Amy Wagner, Agile coach – “Agile on the Bench a fun way to spend lunch”
Craig Strong Director Global Product Development Lifecycle at Pearson plc – “Enjoyed the interesting conversations at the first @agileonthebench already looking forward to the next one”
Sponsoring this event will enable you to:
- Increase awareness of your organisation and its commitment to Agile practices to a community of Agile practitioners.
- Reach high quality talent from the local Agile Community.
We are offering one simple non-exclusive package to sponsors, for £150 you will have your logo on our conference website, emails and be visible at the conference centre. You will also receive a public thank you from the organisers.
If you would like to take up this offer, please let us know