22 FEBRUARY 2019 08:30

Open space results


Anthony and Leon
The Conference will be held in Christchurch 2019. It is part of the Agile Alliance New Zealand initiative to expose IT centers outside Auckland and Wellington to Agile.

Past events have been held in:
  • Tauranga on 29 September 2017.
  • Hamilton on 27 October 2017.
  • Christchurch 23 February 2018.
  • Dunedin on 25 May 2018.

Our Approach
Our approach is that we have four speakers in the morning and an open session in the afternoon.

Why Us?
We have people with multiple years of International experience.

We are a not for profit organization that simply wants to promote Agile Software in the New Zealand community because we believe in it.

Get 90% off a 1 year individual membership to Agile Alliance, on the day for only $10 USD.

Conference Details

22 February 2019
Hagley Oval Pavilion

Hagley Oval is located in South Hagley Park – 63 Riccarton Ave.
  • 08:30 Doors Open
  • 08:50 Welcome: Joe Kearns
  • 08:55 A word from our sponsors.
  • 09:15 The Golden Age of Agile Coaching: Shane Hastie
  • 10:00 Tea Break
  • 10:15 “I know better”, “That’s not how it's done in Agile” and other signs you may be wasting your time…: Tony O'Halloran
  • 11:00 The power of a team: Samantha Laing
  • 11:45 The DNA for catalysing organisational improvements: Manoel Pimentel
  • 12:30-13:00 Lunch (Provided)
  • 13:00-16:00 Openspace Event
  • 16:00 Close
Early Bird: $100

Full Price: $150 (Ends 15 Feb)

Late Price: $250 (End 15 Feb - Will only be released if all the Full price ones are sold - limited due to venue)


Shane Hastie
Tony O'Halloran
The Golden Age of Agile Coaching
“I know better”, “That’s not how it's done in Agile” and other signs you may be wasting your time…

Agile Coaching is a relatively new discipline and there is a lot of misunderstanding about why coaching is useful, what skills and competencies an agile coach needs to have, how they engage with individuals, teams and organisations and how to tell good coaches from mediocre ones.

As someone who wants to become a coach, what skills and competencies do you need to build? There are training courses, but they are not enough. Becoming an effective coach requires much more than book knowledge, it needs deliberate practice and experience working with individuals and teams.

As someone who is considering engaging a coach, what should you look out for and how do you establish the relationship to ensure the best possible outcomes. How do you create the environment where we can grow your own coaches inside an organisation, what is the pathway to competency for an aspiring coach?

In this talk Shane explores these topics and relates it to his own journey to becoming a recognized expert coach through a competency-based assessment (ICE-AC).

About Shane

Director of Agile Learning Programs

Shane Hastie joined ICAgile in 2017 as the Director of Agile Learning Programs.
He has oversight in the strategic direction and expansion of ICAgile’s learning programs, including maintaining and extending ICAgile’s learning objectives, providing thought leadership and collaborating with industry experts, and supporting the larger ICAgile community, which includes more than 90 Member Organizations and approximately 50,000 ICAgile certification holders.

Over the last 30+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives.
He spent 15 years as a professional trainer and consultant specialising in Agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements, testing and methodologies for SoftEd in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

He is co-author of the recent book #noprojects - A Culture of Continuous Value, available on Amazon and from InfoQ
Being an Agile change agent can often feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle. Have you ever felt like you’re pushing, instead of having your knowledge and support pulled from you? Have you ever felt that the ‘Agile’ you’re championing is completely different from the ‘Agile’ your organisation is pushing for? My answer is certainly YES to all of those things, and it sucks.

This will be an exploration the struggles I’ve encountered, the failures I’ve had and what I used to solve them.

About Tony O'Halloran

Tony is an Agile Coach and partner at Nomad8 living in Wellington.

He started his professional life as a developer, who became frustrated by the waste involved in large protracted projects that ultimately frequently led to underwhelming customer outcomes. This led him to the world of Agile, despite a brief regrettable foray into traditional Project Management.

Tony now works as a consultant Agile Coach for companies like Xero, PartsTrader, Timely and LIC. The idea of wasting the efforts of smart, engaged people is what keeps him up at night.
Samantha Laing
Manoel Pimentel
The power of a team
The DNA for catalysing organisational improvements

This is the story of a team who had been working in an agilely way for a while and was struggling. They decided to get serious about their process. This is what happened In the first 5 weeks. There were highs, there were lows. It felt crazy and yet awesome. Join us as we tell you all about:

  • Moving from 4 week sprints to 1 week.
  • Working together on stories rather than as individuals.
  • Taking on all the testing as a team.
  • Having a focused "fire" person.

This is not the story of perfect scrum or perfect agile. Instead it’s a story of experiments, reflections, learning and growth. All done in a very agile way of course.

About Sam Laing

My personal motto is ‘be brave’, and I embody this by taking on challenges one small step at a time.

Most of my career has been in the IT industry, specifically Software Development. Nowadays I find myself guiding and mentoring others with a passion for agile.

My day job is as an agile coach at Datacom, I also blog and do a few other things here: https://www.growingagile.co.nz

Agile Coaching is an approach to foster an organisation shift to improve the work, the behaviours, and the outcomes in the context of the development of solutions/products. It is not only about adopting framework X or Y. Agile Coaching is about how to enable people to respond more quickly, with less risk, and more qualitatively for business opportunities.

To provide this enablement, Agile Coaches can work on five elements: Catalyse Improvement, Promote Awareness, Boost Ownership, Develop Competencies, and Facilitate Barrier Removal. These elements work as big goals for Agile Coaches. For this reason, Agile Coaches must act as catalysers for the continuous improvement culture. Providing support and facilitation to the change journey is the primary element during the Agile Coaching process. As Agile Coaches, we need to continuously help organisations, teams, and individuals in the trip from the current state to the future state. This is the real gist of coaching and, this is the purpose of the Agile Coaching DNA.

In this session, we are going to explore how to use the Agile Coaching DNA, as a practical compass of objectives and metaskills, to overcome the challenges and barriers to adopting agile. Additionally, we are going the explore tools and experiences regarding how our community have been evolving the Agile Coaching DNA to facilitate the change journey in different companies across the globe.

About Manoel Pimentel

Manoel is a catalyser of changes, author of the book ‘The Agile Coaching DNA’ (https://leanpub.com/TheAgileCoachingDNA), speaker, cyclist enthusiast, and Agile Coach at Elabor8 in Australia.

He has over 20 years of experience working as a designer of solutions and helping software development teams to create better ways of working. He was one of the pioneers of the Brazilian community in agile methods and one of the founders of the Agile Alliance Brazil.

Manoel is also passionate about innovative ways of improving organisations, for this reason, he helps companies applying practices of Management 3.0, Learning 3.0 and Lean Change Management and Agile in large scale.


Media Suite
Media Suite

Positioning-centric information is changing the way people, businesses and governments work throughout the world. By applying Trimble's advanced positioning solutions, productivity increases and safety improvements are being realized.

Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. Its integrated solutions allow customers to collect, manage and analyze complex information faster and easier, making them more productive, efficient and profitable.
Media Suite

Our culture

Culture is people. At Media Suite, our people are the core of what we do.

Culture isn't something you can manufacture or force. We believe in hiring the right people who will contribute to, and evolve, the core principles our culture is based on.

  • flexibility and accountability
  • learning and growth
  • people and community
  • value and integrity
Christchurch City Council

Catalyst is a global team of skilled open source technologists. We're creative, collaborative thinkers and doers solving complex business problems with smart technology solutions. Since 1997, we've been tirelessly championing free and open source software for clients across New Zealand and around the world. At Catalyst, free and open source is not just what we do, it's what we stand for.

We are one of the city’s largest businesses and the second-largest employer in the South Island, with more than 3,000 staff working in sites across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

We provide services and facilities to more than 380,000 residents, plus visitors. From rubbish collection and recycling, to cycleways, libraries, sports and recreation facilities, events and festivals we do it all – and a lot in between.

Our vision is to make Christchurch a city of opportunity for all – open to new ideas, new people and new ways of doing things – where anything is possible.

Openspace event

Open Space
How to run an open space event
This guide was taken from Transition Network.
How can this help us?
Open Space is a powerful tool for engaging large and small groups of people in discussions to explore particular questions or issues.

It can be used with groups from anything between 10 and 1,000 people.

In Transition it is particularly important because it enables people with ideas and energy to connect creating the opportunity to turn ideas into action.

It is the foremost tool used by Transition groups to move from ‘we have no idea’ to action.
The guide:
Open Space has Four Rules and One Law (the Law of Two Feet), and two insects, and a coffee/tea area.
The Four Rules state:
1. Whoever come are the right people
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
3. Whenever it starts is the right time
4. When it’s over, it’s over
The Law of Two Feet states that:
“If, during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they can go to some more productive place.”
The insects are:
  • Butterflies.
    • These people hang out, maybe drinking tea, and don’t appear to do much
    • However they may just be involved with the most important discussions of the day
  • Bees.
    • They flit from conversation to conversation bring new ideas, and fresh eyes to the table
    • They can also encourage mingling for those for whom the Law of Two Feet feels a bit rude
You will need the following materials:
  • Lots of marker pens
  • Lots of pieces of paper to write questions on
  • Big pieces of flipchart paper to record discussions
  • Blutack
The question is very important
Key to a successful Open Space event is the question.
The question you ask and how you frame it will determine who comes so be mindful of this.
It can be tempting to just want people who agree with you to turn up, but this will limit the diversity of your group and the success of Transition!
Usually this is in the title of the event as it helps set the ground for what is to be under discussion at the session.
Some examples from Transition Town Totnes have included:
  • How Will Totnes Feed Itself Beyond the Age of Cheap Oil?
  • Powering Totnes Beyond Cheap Oil . . .
  • The Economic Revival of Totnes – how can we build a sustainable, equitable and healthy economy in Totnes?
You may choose to invite specific people, or just leave it open to whoever turns up.

It is important that the question is stated clearly on the invitations and all publicity.
You need a suitable venue
Your venue needs to be:
  • Large enough to take those who attend sitting in a large circle
  • Has walls on which you can stick things
  • Has enough space for several discussions to happen
Running the open space
Setup a circle of chairs so when people arrive they take a seat in the circle (maybe after a cup of tea).
  • In the centre of the circle is a pile of sheets of A4 paper and pens, and on the wall or floor have an empty timetable with the timings of the different sessions on left and the various discussion areas on the top like on the Left
  • Explain to people the four rule, the Law of Two Feet, the insects and how to record discussions.
    You also might include a bit about how to facilitate at the tables.
    For instance making sure one or two voices don’t always dominate discussions, or the art of making people feel safe and welcome so they have the confidence to take part.
  • Then offer people the opportunity to propose a question, if they do this then they must:
    • Host that discussion
    • Record the conversation themselves or arrange someone else to do it for the benefit of anyone unable to participate
    • Write their name on the sheet
  • Then they post the question on the timetable.
  • Then say “Go!”.
    This is the nerve-racking bit.
    You may worry that no one will come forward, but then one person does and often loads more then follow.
    Then the following needs to happen:
    • Ten minutes of people proposing questions and sticking them up on the timetable
    • You may well end up with more questions than you have slots available, in which case put those on similar topics together
    • Once your timetable is full, allow people a few minutes to look at it and work out what they want to go to, and then ring a bell, or something similar, to announce the start of the first session
    • People then go to the space where there question is being hosted and the discussions begin
    • In theory, the rest of the day will organise itself as long as you do the following:
    • Ensure each break-out space has plenty of flip-chart paper and pens
    • Tell people when each session starts, and remind them about the Law of Two Feet
    • At the end of each session, ring a bell to let people know it is finished
    • Go round and collect up the note filled sheets
    • Put them up on the wall in the area you have pre-designated as the ‘Market Place’
    • You may also choose to have someone typing up the sheets, if you are posting the proceedings live on the web or if you want it typed up to send out quickly
    • Leave 30-40 minutes or so at the end to allow one person to feedback from each discussion and for everyone to feedback on the process
    • The notes generated can be typed up and circulated to everyone who attended
Harvesting and Completion
You may decide that this day is about harvesting ideas, and no specific decisions are reached.
Future activities might well emerge from the session, but you might want actions to be agreed and taken forward.
This will determine what shape the closing session takes.

It could be a brief thank you and hope you had a good time, to a more specific planning,setting up working groups or anything else that needs to happen. In which case more time is needed to come to agreements.

Open Space is surprisingly easy to run, and an amazingly powerful way of exploring issues.

What it does is draw out all those who are really passionate about a subject.
For your first one you might find it useful to have someone with prior experience of running Open Space to facilitate it, but once you have a successful Open Space under your belt, you’ll marvel at how simple it is!