Agile Open Florida

October 22, 2021


Agile-Open-Florida-2018-Agile-a-journey-not-a-destination-poster-logo1000AgileOpenFlorida 2018 marks our fifth year on the journey to help people across the state of Florida come together to share their agile journeys and learn from each other. What a journey it was!  With almost 300 participants this year and over 40 sessions!  This is why this year’s theme was important for us:

Agile: A Journey Not a Destination

More important, the journey becomes easier when we know we have others to help us.

This year, Michael Herman served as our open space guide and facilitator.  Michael 2018-10-27 Michael Herman at AOF2018helped introduce open space to the agile community when he “held the space” at XP 2002 in Chicago.  Mark first met him there and then reconnected and collaborated with Michael on a few “distributed agile” experiments in 2015-2016.  His gentle manner and deep knowledge of open space meant that he could guide us well.

Also, this is the first year we asked for a volunteer chairperson to bring a fresh Dottieperspective to the conference.  With humility and a scrummaster’s zeal, Dottye Stewart rose to the challenge!  We are grateful for her tireless efforts to help us plan this journey for you.

We hope you find value in our notes from this year’s gathering.  Feel free to add comments, questions, or send us other pictures from the event.  We would welcome sharing your part of the journey.

Mark Kilby, Stephanie Davis, and Ryan Dorrell, co-founders of Agile Open Florida.

Over 40 sessions were held during Agile Open Florida 2018.  We are grateful to the hosts that proposed and facilitated their session. We are also thankful to those who captured a summary of the sessions below.  These are but glimpses into the various journeys.


Some of the session notes you will find:

  • Agile in a Startup – HOST: Shelby Everitt
  • Agile Journey: How to avoid checklist adoption – HOST: Prashanth Prasannathirtha
  • How to Get Your Teams to Speak Up in Retros – HOST: Jacinta D’Oyen-Woadley
  • Culture and Agile Transformation – HOST: Claudia Alarcon
  • Balancing your roles as a functional scrummaster / How to handle multiple roles – HOST: Nate Gamer
  • How to Quantify Best Performers – HOST: Ken Dick
  • Inception Planning – HOST: Christine Fredley
  • Agile Teams: Less Rules, More Value – HOST: Travis Jones
  • Retro on Retro – HOST: Lamont Chambliss
  • Opinions on Spikes – HOST: Bernie Manlapig
  • Project Management and Tracking in an Agile World – HOST: Vinod
  • Change Agents: How do we deal with a culture that resists change? – HOST: Beth
  • What Quaker faith and practice taught us about facilitation – HOST: Mark “Trog” Prather
  • Building Creative Teams – HOST: John Trimble
  • What is the future of Agile/SAFe? – HOST: Saajan Panibar
  • Story pointing: Why not in hours? – HOST: Paula Scott
  • Pitfalls of Agile and Content Creation – HOST: Jeff Wayman
  • Agile is dying. What Punk can show us where we are going wrong – HOST: Mark “Trog” Prather
  • Agile in a Dev & Ops Support-focused environment – HOST: Karen Taylor
  • How to Get Your Team Out of a Rut – HOST: Joan Chase
  • Agile City – HOST: Mason Alley
  • Distributed Agile (4 sessions combined) – HOSTS: Mark Kilby, Samantha Miller, Vicki Braun, Sally Leader
  • Apocalypse Prevention Through Agile – HOST: Partrick Cannon
  • Creating and Modifying a Regression Test Suite Over Time – HOST: Antonio Ooms
  • So You Want to Be an Agile Coach – HOST: Mike Miller
  • Looking for Creative Ways to Influence Sign-off on Key Project Artifacts – HOST: Melanie Lowery
  • Practicing Agile Under a Waterfall – HOST: Peter Valha
  • Conflict with Civility – HOST: Logan Butler
  • Metrics That Matter: It May Not Be What You Think – HOST: Jessica Wolfe
  • Sprint Planning: Focusing PO on Team vs Individuals – HOST: Gayle Borgen
  • Create Your Innovation Strategy – HOST: Julee Everett
  • How do you do Product Prioritizatio – HOST: Sarah Urriste
  • The Age of Agile / Map Your Network – HOST: Christy Erbeck
  • Agile at a Non-profit/Church – HOST: Mason
  • Kill the Unprepared Standup Attendance – HOST: Ken Dick
  • Agile and DevOps – Will You Be My Neighbor – HOST: Sean Davis
  • Who’s Looking for a Scrummaster? – HOST: Dana Haukoos