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Over 25 hours of live talks, networking & collaboration with THOUSANDS of agilists!

FEATURING:

Jim Benson, 

Lyssa Adkins, 

Ken Rubin, 

Ahmed Sidky, 

Aino Vonge Corry 

Peter Green, 

Tricia Broderick, 

Adam Weisbart, 

Andrea Fryrear, 

Melissa Boggs, 

Chris Li, 

Jay-Allen Morris, 

Nigel Baker, 

Kirsten Clacey, 

Christopher 'Cp' Richardson, 

Sweta Mistry, 

Kevin Callahan, 

Michelle Johnson, 

Dr. Patrick McConnell, and 

Emily Epstein 

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Longing for real connection with your agile community?

It’s been a very VERY long year.

We’ve all had to make thousands of adjustments — both large and small — to every part of our lives.

Working from home… Endless Zoom calls… Social distancing…

It’s been a LOT to deal with.

This year has been scary, overwhelming, and exhausting.

We've navigated COVID lockdowns, worried about the security of our jobs (or the stress of looking for a new one), and missed connecting with with friends and family in person.


It has taken a toll on everyone.


It’s “only” been a year since we organized the first Agile Virtual Summit, but it feels much longer.


And while things are improving for some of us, it will be a long time before the world will be "back to normal".


We could all use a break…

Not just some distraction, but a REAL way to connect with our agile community.


If you were one of the 14,500+ people who registered for last year’s Agile Virtual Summit you know we organized that first event to help bring people some relief in difficult times.

Our community gathered together virtually for a full week of amazing speakers, with over 25+ hours of content.

And while last year’s summit was a wild success, we heard that people missed the connections they used to make at in-person events.

So this year?


We’ve inspected.


We’ve adapted.

Not only will there be 33% more LIVE speaker sessions…

But you'll also be able to connect with thousands of other participants to collaborate and connect in person right in your browser… Face-to-face (for free) on the new Agile Virtual Summit platform.

If you’ve miss the impromptu conversations you used to have with your friends at conferences — or the chance to meet new friends during breakout sessions — this year’s Agile Virtual Summit is for you.

Join us, and you'll:

  • Make new connections with like-minded agilists from around the world

  • Discover the latest actionable tips, tricks, and tools that you can use with your team right away

  • Earn continuing education credits (PDUs and SEUs) so your certifications don’t lapse

If you want to feel refreshed and reconnected to your agile community, you're in the right place!

Best of all?

It's 100% FREE!

That’s right, we’re not charging for the LIVE event, so it’s a no-brainer… grab your ticket now!



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// June 7th - 11th, 2021

WE'RE THROWING A PARTY, AND YOU'RE INVITED!

> 5 days
> 20 SESSIONS
25+ HOURS of content
> COLLABORATIVE BREAKOUTS
> LIVE NETWORKING

 We’re throwing a party! 


…And you’re invited!

We’ve assembled TWENTY world-class agile speakers, and built an online space for you to connect with THOUSANDS of other agilists from around the world LIVE! 

You’ll leave this summit with the latest tips, tricks and tools that you can use with your team right away.

Feeling social? Make new connections at the Lean Coffee sessions we'll be running at lunch, or during our small-group happy hour where you can connect with like-minded agilists from around the world.

Keeping up with your professional development requirements can be hard during these trying times. Attend the summit and earn continuing education credits (PDUs and SEUs) so your certifications don’t lapse.

Since this event is live, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to interact with speakers during Q&A in each session, and each other throughout.

// What people are saying

Michelle Legere // PM & BA

“The Agile Virtual Summit 2020 exceeded my expectations. The format and speakers were first-rate, and the sessions expanded my knowledge of Agile and introduced retrospection in these trying times.” 

Jesus Mendez // Agile Coach

"It was extremely well organized, the talks were amazing and brought great value to my practice. A week of fully inspiring content"

Bianka Rowińska // Scrum Master

“5 days of highest quality lectures and everything for free? It can't be missed. I would never be able to afford a conference of that scale in the US and AVS gave me that opportunity.”

Wendell Bickford // Scrum Master

“I loved being able to listen and ask questions to the leaders of Agile. To learn from someone the best.” 

Vesna Vuksan // Manager 

"It is an amazing experience to "sit" in the same room with famous agilists + the audience was great. I also loved how you made sure people had channels to communicate, and it was facilitated so well."

Kathryn O'Neill Karnes // PM

"The presenters and their topics were great. I got it for free, and I couldn't believe the quality of the presenters. I will probably buy the books that half of them have written."

// a few of our speakers

Jim Benson

The co-author and creator of Personal Kanban and the co-creator of Lean Coffee,  will talk about creating humane, visual, and culture-driven teams that truly perform, rather than conform to the rules of others. 

Lyssa Adkins

Author of Coaching Agile Teams and co-founder of the Agile Coaching Institute,  will help you detect your value so that you can believe it, convey it to others, and help improve the measuring sticks used for us all. 


Ken Rubin

Author of Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process,  will help you avoid widely held beliefs about dependencies that can kill your agility at scale. 

Ahmed Sidky 

The Head of Business Agility at Riot Games, President of ICAgile, co-founder of the Business Agility Institute, and co-author of Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World,  will talk about the organizational "muscles" needed to build Business Agility. 


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Here’s a taste of what you’ll discover by joining the free Agile Virtual Summit:

  • The Truth about "Agile" in today’s changing world
  • The key to effortless facilitation that helps your team achieve miracles 
  • How to survive an Agile Antipattern deathmatch
  • Practical facilitation techniques for team decision making
  • Learn the key elements to building a visual library that turn complex ideas into a quick, universal and simple communication method
  • How to bring REAL human connection to remote spaces
  • How to manage stressful situations using the CHART Method, even when it feels like you have no control over what's going on around you.
  • The most common retrospective antipatterns (and how to avoid them)
  • Why "Context is kING" and why it's TransformING the World of Work
  • The trouble with gender & negotiation, and the reason you need to fix it (even though it's not your fault)
  • Tricks to overcoming the problems that arise when introducing Agile ways of working to new groups
  • The exact techniques that consistently create breakthrough Story Mapping sessions
  • Why DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) matters for your team and organization

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Summit Sessions


DAY 1 - JUNE 7th, 2021
Kickoff Of The Agile Virtual Summit

Monday June 7th, 2021 @ 9:00AM - 9:25AM PT (12:00PM - 12:25PM ET)

Lyssa Adkins

Monday June 7th, 2021 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM PT (12:30PM - 1:30PM ET)

Coaching Agile Teams Deep Dive: So What Did You Actually DO?

Learn ways to detect your value so that you can believe it, convey it to others, and help improve the measuring sticks for us all. When done well, Agile Coaching, or any 21st century leadership role, is impossible to see from a distance and can even be invisible to those who you work with up close.


How do you react when you hear this at performance management time: “Yes, I know the team is doing well, better than we could have imagined, and that’s great. But, what did you do? What was your specific contribution to their success?” If you’re like many Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches, you are hard pressed to answer this challenge.


In this session, we will take a deep dive into the Coaching Agile Teams book to uncover the practices that help you become specific and solid in recognizing your contribution. We will also work through the ways common measuring sticks need to change so that we can start valuing the value of 21st century leadership skills, such as coaching and team capacity building.

Adam Weisbart

Monday June 7th, 2021 @ 10:45AM - 11:45AM PT (1:45PM - 2:45PM ET)

The Facilitator's Guide to Effortless Miracles

Bruce Lee said: "Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot."

Masterful facilitators have a way of making the hard work of holding space for their teams look simple. When they are doing their job well, they often appear formless, enabling their team to discover their own direction without getting in the way.


In this session, we'll explore 3 frameworks you can use back at work to help your team find their own brilliant solutions to whatever they're currently struggling with.

Breakouts & Networking

Monday June 7th, 2021 @ 11:45AM - 12:45PM PT (2:45PM - 3:45PM ET)

Dr. Patrick McConnell

Monday June 7th, 2021 @ 12:45PM - 1:45PM PT (3:45PM - 4:45PM ET)

Agile Anti-Pattern Deathmatch!

In the twenty years since the signing of the Agile Manifesto, countless teams have used Agile frameworks to deliver awesome things. We’ve also seen many, many ways that Agility can be derailed into chaos, misery, boredom, and other unfortunate outcomes.


So let’s fight it out to discover what the absolute worst of the worst Agile Anti-Patterns are! Bring your anecdotes and prepare to argue for your (least) favorites in a March Madness style Single Elimination Death Match!

Tricia Broderick

Monday June 7th, 2021 @ 2:00PM - 3:00PM PT (5:00PM - 6:00PM ET)

Tips for Facilitating Team Decisions

Is your team struggling to make decisions collaboratively? As a leader, observing this pain over and over may lead to a desire to just make the decision on behalf of the team. Sure, this might get some short-term results and relief but this will also absolutely impede achieving long-term high-performing results.


Instead, let's level up our leadership capabilities to facilitate team decision-making. In this session, expect to explore several practical facilitation techniques that support all voices being actively engaged.

DAY 2 - JUNE 8th, 2021
Opening Session

Tuesday June 8th, 2021 @ 9:00AM - 9:25AM PT (12:00PM - 12:25PM ET)

Ahmed Sidky

Tuesday June 8th, 2021 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM PT (12:30PM - 1:30PM ET)

The Mindset & Culture of Business Agility

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before. Organizations of every size are overwhelmed by the pace of change and are being constantly challenged to understand & react to the major disruptions in the marketplace and in their organizations.


High-performing and adaptable organizations that leverage, lead, and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market will be in the best position to win with their customers. We call this business agility; the ability of the organization and its leaders to respond in an effective, sustainable, and disciplined manner to the constant change & disruptions.


Business Agility is not something an organization has or doesn't, it more like fitness or athletic performance, your organization can increase its agility with intentional, deliberate, and disciplined effort.


Using the Domains of Business Agility (published by the Business Agility Institute) we will explore the different "muscle groups" that an organization needs to "exercise" in order to increase its agility. Most importantly, we will discuss the Mindset and culture necessary to endure the journey and grind of improving your Business Agility.

Sweta Mistry

Tuesday June 8th, 2021 @ 10:45AM - 11:45AM PT (1:45PM - 2:45PM ET)

Mastering your art, shape by shape

When you attend a conference and see a visual artist whip up a masterpiece during a keynote or session that captures everything in one engaging snapshot - have you ever thought “I could never draw like that!” or wondered “how did they do that?” Well, until recently that was me.


But, over time, I’ve learned that it comes down to a few basic elements, lots of practice and letting go! There’s also proven science behind why we find visualization like this so appealing. It’s a great way to turn complex ideas into a quick, universal and simple communication method.


Attend this session to learn key elements of building a visual library. Bring your favorite writing utensils and something to follow along on (pencil, paper, iPad etc.) as we run through tips and techniques so you too can create visual components with confidence!

Breakouts & Networking

Tuesday June 8th, 2021 @ 11:45AM - 12:45PM PT (2:45PM - 3:45PM ET)

Jay-Allen Morris & Kirsten Clacey

Tuesday June 8th, 2021 @ 12:45PM - 1:45PM PT (3:45PM - 4:45PM ET)

Bringing Human Connection to Remote Spaces

Do you miss the spontaneous moments of connection at the coffee machine? Have you ever been in a remote meeting that maybe feels just a little awkward?


Perhaps it feels more difficult to get to know the people you work with, or you feel a little more lonely working from home. Join us in exploring how to bring more human connection to remote spaces.


We’ll share 3 levels from which to design connection experiences, as well as lots of practical tips you can put to use straight away.

Peter Green

Tuesday June 8th, 2021 @ 2:00PM - 3:00PM PT (5:00PM - 6:00PM ET)

Leading change in complexity: how to take advantage of resistance to design good change experiments.

Most well-known approaches to change management treat change like a process that is rolled out. But change in human systems involves uncertainty, different preferences, and doing things for the first time.


It is ripe for an Agile approach!


As we've worked with senior leaders at dozens of companies to help them adopt a more agile approach to work, we've started to see a clear, agile approach to change emerge. Adopting ideas from Theory of Constraints, Lean Startup, and Agile, we'll share an overview of the approach that is getting great results for our clients.

DAY 3 - JUNE 9th, 2021
Opening Session

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 @ 9:00AM - 9:25AM PT (12:00PM - 12:25PM ET)

Ken Rubin

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM PT (12:30PM - 1:30PM ET)

Dependency Myth Busting – Avoiding the Widely Held Beliefs That Can Kill Your Agility at Scale

Dependencies are killing your agility and you want to fight back. A common belief is that if we just re-organize ourselves “correctly” (for example, organize 100% into feature teams) we can eliminate dependencies.  This is a myth. Certainly re-organizing can help, but eliminating all dependencies when trying to do agile at scale is not practical. There are many other beliefs that cloud our minds when dealing with dependencies. For example, if we could just identify all of the dependencies upfront, we could manage them. Or if we just had a more detailed dependency-management process with awesome tool support, we could tame our dependencies. Yeah, no.


In this session Ken will bust many of the common myths surrounding how to best deal with dependencies. He will provide critical insight drawn from his years of experience working with many different clients and their dependency issues. At the end of the session, you will be in a better position to evaluate your organization’s approach to dependency management and begin utilizing reality-based rather than myth-based approaches that will actually help lessen the impact of dependencies. 

Melissa Boggs

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 @ 10:45AM - 11:45AM PT (1:45PM - 2:45PM ET)

The Truth about "Agile"

Chances are, if you’ve been in the software development industry for any amount of time, you’ve heard the word “Agile” thrown around a time or two. Perhaps you’ve been part of an “Agile Transformation” or you have attended a certification course for Scrum or Kanban.


In the 20 years since the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was drafted, “Agile” has taken on a life of its own. But what is “Agile” really, and what does it mean for you? Is it story points and two week deadlines? Is it kumbaya and “soft skills”? In this talk, we’ll get into some real truths and real talk about what it means to be agile in today’s changing world.

Breakouts & Networking

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 @ 11:45AM - 12:45PM PT (2:45PM - 3:45PM ET)

Christopher 'Cp' Richardson

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 @ 12:45PM - 1:45PM PT (3:45PM - 4:45PM ET)

Emergency, Stress Alarm

Ever felt like you have no control over anything that’s happening around you? We’ve all experienced this especially when it comes to stressful situations within the workplace.


As you continue on your professional journey, you’ll run into situations where you have very limited ability to influence. Fun fact, you have more options than pulling your hair out. Join this session to understand what makes these kinds of situations stressful, why it’s hard but necessary to manage stress, and techniques for practicing good self-care.


Expect to assess and manage a stressful situation using the CHART Method adapted from the public safety industry.

Chris Li

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 @ 2:00PM - 3:00PM PT (5:00PM - 6:00PM ET)

Netflix and ______ - a knockout approach towards decisions and prioritization

If staying at home for most of 2020 taught us anything, it's that making a choice between things can be difficult: what to eat, what to watch, and what to clean. In this workshop, you will get to experience a fun and interactive approach towards prioritization and decision making that can be applied to your personal and professional life.

DAY 4 - JUNE 10th, 2021
Opening Session

Thursday June 10th, 2021 @ 9:00AM - 9:25AM PT (12:00PM - 12:25PM ET)

Aino Vonge Corry

Thursday June 10th, 2021 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM PT (12:30PM - 1:30PM ET)

A Good Retrospective is Hard to Find - or is it?

Anti-Patterns are like patterns, only more informative. With anti-patterns, you will first see what patterns recur in “bad” retrospectives and then you will see how to avoid, or remedy, the situation.


Based on her experience with facilitating retrospectives, join Aino for an entertaining and informative presentation on the anti-patterns she has seen and how to overcome the problems. This talk will be interesting for everyone facilitating meetings in general, and retrospectives in particular.


If you find yourself eager for more after the talk, her latest book “Retrospective Anti-Patterns” will give you much more info about this.

Nigel Baker

Thursday June 10th, 2021 @ 10:45AM - 11:45AM PT (1:45PM - 2:45PM ET)

Context is kING: TransformING the World of Work

I have spent over a decade trying to articulate a philosophy on Agile and Scrum and how organisations change - Or more precisely - don't change. Even when they claim they are undergoing an "Agile Transformation". Unlike everyone else, I have failed to find that philosophy to drive my own certifications and books sales I mean help people. However, I have uncovered some interesting tools that may or may not deepen your understanding. I will add jokes to make it less terrifyingly dry.

Breakouts & Networking

Thursday June 10th, 2021 @ 11:45AM - 12:45PM PT (2:45PM - 3:45PM ET)

Michelle Johnson

Thursday June 10th, 2021 @ 12:45PM - 1:45PM PT (3:45PM - 4:45PM ET)

Why DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Matters

Organizations frequently use the terms diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as if they are synonymous, which they are not. Truly embedding DEI principals requires deep organizational commitment and skill. Agile principles, employed consistently, offer guideposts for building and maintaining diverse and inclusive teams. This session will help participants understand what DEI really means and explore the mission critical nature of equity and inclusion work. National racial equity trainer Michelle Johnson will talk about how patterns of historical inequity, and individual, institutional and cultural bias show up on teams today. Building diverse and inclusive teams is essential for organizational growth, health and, ultimately, success. She will offer support in how teams can build skills to address issues of race and gender.

Emily Epstein

Thursday June 10th, 2021 @ 2:00PM - 3:00PM PT (5:00PM - 6:00PM ET)

Gender & Negotiation: It's Not Your Fault, and You Still Have to Fix It

Do you work with women? Are you a woman? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you need to learn how gender impacts our attempts at influencing and persuading one another. (If the answer is no...we really need to talk.) This interactive workshop gives women the tools they need to navigate prejudice at the negotiation table and gives everyone the tools we need to create a more even playing field.

DAY 5 - JUNE 11th, 2021
Opening Session

Friday June 11th, 2021 @ 9:00AM - 9:25AM PT (12:00PM - 12:25PM ET)

Speaker Panel Extravaganza!!

Friday June 11th, 2021 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM PT (12:30PM - 1:30PM ET)


Come ask your AVS 2021 speakers questions during this free-form jazz odyssey panel EXTRAVAGANZA!


Andrea Fryrear

Thursday June 10th, 2021 @ 10:45AM - 11:45AM PT (1:45PM - 2:45PM ET)

Unexpected Agility: Why the Key to High Performance Marketing Lies with People Not Projects

Total organizational agility is the future of business, yet only a tiny fraction of organizations have successfully managed a complete Agile transformation. With its litany of benefits and decades of application history, why does Agile struggle to make the jump to the rest of the organization?


What if the very experiences that drive Agile change agents to evangelize it outside of IT are standing in the way of total Agile transformation? Join Certified Professional in Agile Coaching and 15-year digital marketer Andrea Fryrear as she uses Agile marketing departments as a case study for understanding and eliminating the cognitive biases that hold back business agility efforts.


By the end of this hands-on session, you’ll be able to: Overcome the translation problems that arise when introducing Agile ways of working to groups that have never used them before Identify and mitigate the two most detrimental cognitive biases that plague Agile trainers, coaches, and change agents Help marketers (and other non-Agile groups) start exploring Agile by taking a people-first approach, instead of a process-first approach

Breakouts & Networking

Friday June 11th, 2021 @ 11:45AM - 12:45PM PT (2:45PM - 3:45PM ET)

Kevin Callahan

Friday June 11th, 2021 @ 12:45PM - 1:45PM PT (3:45PM - 4:45PM ET)

6 Ideas For Advanced Story Mapping

User Story Mapping is a powerful approach to creating shared understanding and effective plans. Kevin has been facilitating story mapping sessions since 2014. In that time he has developed and discovered techniques that consistently create breakthrough mapping sessions. In this session he will break down some of his favorite tips and techniques.

Jim Benson

Friday June 11th, 2021 @ 2:00PM - 3:00PM PT (5:00PM - 6:00PM ET)

Individuals Work In Teams to Provide Value

Agile focuses on teams. Lean focuses on value. It's time to recognize that people actually do the work and provide their products to other people. The communications, relationships, respect, flow, and improvement of our work relies on professionals, individuals who must collaborate to make work rewarding, effective, and humane. Jim Benson will talk about creating humane, visual, and culture-driven teams that truly perform, rather than conform to the rules of others.

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Why Should I attend 
Agile Virtual Summit?


Once-In-A-Lifetime Curated Speakers 
Actionable Content (at a time we need it most)

Fresh agile content presented by top agilists in the world. As someone said at our last summit: “It was a great way for us to learn from leaders of agile practice. Learning, connecting, and applying the learned skills is something you cannot pass up especially as we work in a world that is changing.”

Attend From Your Computer, Phone or Tablet

You might be stuck at home, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on connecting with other agilists. Learn from amazing speakers during our live talks, meet your peers in the post-summit happy hour, and walk away with tons of value. 


Out-Of-This-World Content

This is not your ordinary online event. We take pride in delivering you the absolute best content so that you can get great results with your team and organization back at work. It's the next best thing to an in-person event.


Continuing Education Credits

Need to keep your Scrum Alliance or PMI certification up-to-date with continuing education credits? Attend and earn your PDUs and SEUs all without having to leave the house or the cost and hassles of travel.


Connect With Other Agilists 

You'll make new connections with other attendees via our post-summit happy hour, and in our private online community set up just for the summit.

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Erin Parsons // Scrum Master

“The week was packed with valuable content, addressing issues I haven't seen in any of the other conferences or courses I've attended.” 

Carol Erickson-Clarkes // PM

"The topics and speakers were right on target for all that we are experiencing in the agile world right now, and I am most impressed with the speakers’ virtual presentations - you gathered a fantastic group of experts! will absolutely attend virtually again!"

Dhan Joseph Praga // Scrum Master

“The topics are actually great, we didn't expect that even though we are in Covid situation who would have thought that things can go remotely and smooth.”

Adam Weisbart
Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach

MEET YOUR HOST

Adam weisbart

Hi, I’m Adam.

You might know me from such hit YouTube videos as "Sh!t Bad Scrum Masters Say", my training materials like Build Your Own Scrum, or Recess (my retrospective-in-a-box).

If there's one thing I know, it's how to make learning about your team, your product, and yourself fun...

...and as you may have noticed, we could all use some fun right now.

Which is why I've assembled this fantastic group of agilists for Agile Virtual Summit 2021. Your speakers include mentors I've know for a decade whom I've learned so much from, and some new friends I've made along my agile journey.

Join us for our 5-day summit and you'll benefit from their experience too.

Stay agile. Never change.

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