Agile Open Southern California Conference 2011 (Sep 15-16)

THEME:  People, Principles and Performance

WHEN:  Thursday and Friday, September 15 & 16
WHERE:  University of California, Irvine

What is Agile Open California?

You don’t want to miss this! Imagine an event where experienced Agile practitioners and newcomers alike come together for two days to discuss, examine and otherwise brainstorm the most timely and relevant topics in Agile development today.

Agile Open California is a coalition of agile practitioners and advocates intent on providing an opportunity for learning, networking and growth to the Agile community in California and to others who are interested.

What Will I Get?

  • A 2-day conference pass – up to 24 sessions to choose from each day
  • Continental breakfast and lunch both days
  • A networking reception on Monday evening
  • Free Agile Alliance 1-year Membership – a $100 value! With your registration and attendance, you can receive a free one-year membership in the Agile Alliance, which is a $100 dollar value. Just check the option when you purchase your ticket!

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Understand Technical Debt by Playing a Game

Packing Peanuts

There is no better way the learn then by doing.   And games are a great way to do that as well as very popular in the Agile community.   Here is another game by Masa K Maeda one of The Agilista PM’s popular speakers.   Try playing the game during a lunch-n-learn at your organization or team.    And you’ll have a lot of fun doing it !!!!

This games gives people a great understanding of what Technical Debt is and why it is so costly to projects.

Timing:    10 minutes


  • 4 cardboard boxes. Size: around the standard size of a moving box (13”x18”x12”)
  • Enough packing peanuts to fill two of the boxes
  • 2 people (these folks are the key ingredient ;-p). You can do this exercise with more people (adding 2 at a time, up to 6 people without the need to have more boxes or packing peanuts). For even more people you’ll need to add more boxes and packing peanuts

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