Agile2011 Conference Arranges 'Park Bench' Area for Attendees to Interact With Authors of Agile Manifesto

Opening night reception and week-long sharing of ideas within the Open Jam area will spur ideas and vision for next 10 years of Agile software development

Jun 16, 2011, 09:03 ET from Agile Alliance

PORTLAND, Ore., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Agile Alliance, ( a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of Agile software development principles and practices, has designated a "Park Bench" within the Open Jam area at the Agile2011 Conference where authors of the Agile Manifesto will be available to share ideas, answer questions, learn and develop new ideas with attendees of the conference. In addition, participants can interact with the authors, ask questions and hear commentary on the state of Agile during the "Big Park Bench" reunion event scheduled for the conference's opening night, Mon., Aug. 8 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. MTN.

Agile2011 is scheduled for Aug. 8 – 12 in Salt Lake City (, and conference organizers have received commitments from nearly all of the 17 visionaries who crafted the enduring principles that have changed the way software is developed and delivered today.

"In addition to the opening-night celebration and reunion of the Agile Manifesto authors, we are excited to have a dedicated space where attendees can meet and interact with the visionaries that helped start the Agile movement," said Todd Little, Agile2011 conference chair. "The program is outstanding and the energy leading up to the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of Agile principles indicates this year's conference will be better than ever."

Open from 3 p.m. Sunday, August 7 until 12:30 p.m. Friday, August 13 the Open Jam is a place to share questions and quandaries, talk to experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with emerging Agile practices and ideas. Sessions are not formal, and anyone can convene a session at the Open Jam stage based on a passion and a commitment to make the session happen. The "Park Bench" within the Open Jam is where the Agile Manifesto Authors will make themselves available to attendees throughout the week-long conference. The "Park Bench" is a casual, comfortable setting to share ideas, ask questions, challenge perspectives and explore new possibilities.

On Feb. 11-13, 2001, at The Lodge at Snowbird ski resort in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, 17 representatives from Extreme Programming, Scrum, DSDM, Adaptive Software Development, Crystal, Feature-Driven Development, Pragmatic Programming and others interested in an alternative to documentation driven, heavyweight software development processes convened. Naming itself "The Agile Alliance," this group of independent thinkers developed and agreed on the values and principles that make up the Agile Software Development Manifesto, or what is commonly referred to as The Agile Manifesto (for the complete history as told by Jim Highsmith, please visit: (

To learn more about the Agile2011 Conference and to register for the conference please visit (

About the Agile Alliance

The Agile Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development, as outlined in the ( With nearly 6,000 members located around the globe, the Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. The Agile Alliance organizes the annual Agile Conference, the industry's leading event that attracts practitioners, academia, business and vendor-partner community members from around the globe. The Agile 2011 Conference ( is scheduled for August 8-12 in Salt Lake City. For more information about the organization, visit (

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