Looking back at 2014: Agile Tour Brussels and XP Days Benelux

Agile Tour Brussels 2014

ATBru2014

Agile Tour Brussels is growing very quickly: the first year we had 90 participants; the second year we doubled that to 180 participants. In 2014 we welcomed 250 participants from Belgium, The Netherlands, UK and Luxembourg! We covered a lot of agile ground in 31 sessions over 6 tracks.

The program page contains slides from the presentation sessions. We have an extensive photo reportage by Patrick Van Est of Oniryx.

And we have a great video impression of the conference!

 XP Days Benelux 2014

Now in its 12th year, XP Days Benelux is still the place where experienced agilists gather to exchange ideas and techniques. 160 participants spent two days discussing, working, playing and relaxing to get fresh insights and ideas, away from the day to day grindstone.

The program pages contain outputs and presentations from the sessions. The feedback page contains conference feedback from participants, photos, blog entries and articles.

During the conference the artists of Getekend Verslag created giant, live sketchnotes.

XP Days 2014 sketchnote day 1

XP Days Benelux 2014 sketchnote day 2

EDUScrum

One of the highlights was the participation of students and teachers who apply “EduScrum” in the classroom. Nicole Belilos describes the session.

EDUScrum sketchnote

 What will 2015 bring?

More of the same… and more different things. As you’d expect from an agile community, we keep improving, learning, trying new things. We’re already preparing the next events.

We hope to see you there!

Call for Sessions XP Days Benelux 2014

XP Days Benelux 2014

XP Days Benelux is an international conference where we learn to bring software to life and grow mature systems that support business needs.

It provides an excellent environment for exchanging ideas, hands-on exercises and extreme experiences.

The best way to learn is to facilitate a session at XP Days. Why don’t you host a session?

What are we looking for?

What are you looking for? What would make it a WOW session for you and our participants?

We’re interested in:

  •  Experiences with new and old techniques. What worked; what didn’t? Why? What have you learned?
  • Unexpected ideas from other disciplines and sciences. How can we cross borders? What lessons have we missed? How can we collaborate better with people from other disciplines and departments?
  • Ask for help from other participants. What scary problems confront you and your team?
  • People from outside IT with an interesting story. What can we learn from their experience?
  • Pushing the limits of techniques and organisations, doing the “impossible”. How far can you go if you challenge commonly accepted assumptions?
  • Back to basics. What happens if we really take the Extreme Programming values of Simplicity, Commmunication, Feedback, Courage and Respectseriously?
  • Taking back agile. What does “agile” really mean to you and why is it important?
  • Questioning agile. Where, when and why would you not use agile methods? Why? What can we learn about context and applicability?

The XP Days community loves highly interactive sessions where everyone participates and learns from each other.

 How does it work?

Interaction and collaboration start from the moment you propose a session idea. From then on, organizers and session proposers work together to refine and improve your proposal. We’ll give feedback and provide opportunities for tryout. In return, we expect from you that you help others to turn their idea into a WOW session.

You don’t need to be an experienced presenter, you “just” need one good idea or question to start with.

We provide the following slot sizes:

  •  30 minute case study presentations
  • 75 minute interactive sessions, games or simulations
  • a small number of 2×75 minute workshops or hands-on coding exercises

Timeline

Date What happens? Status
17/05 Submit session ideas, improve them and provide feedback to others Busy
07/07 End of subtmissions. You can continue to improve existing proposals
11/08 You select the sessions you want to see in the program
22/08 The XP Days program committee creates the program based on your preferences and contacts presenters to announce accepted and rejected sessions
08/09 Program published
until the conference Keep improving your session, give feedback run tryouts of your session, work with the organizers to prepare for the conference

Send in a session proposal now

Mini XP Day Benelux

XP Days Benelux bannerWhat is ‘Mini’ XP Days Benelux?

Did you miss out on XP Days 2013 because the conference was sold out? Or the date didn’t suit you? Did you want to see some sessions again that you missed? Or perhaps you like to refer your colleagues and friends to attend that great session you experienced?
Mini XP Day is your second chance.

Program

Mini XP Day reruns 10 of the best sessions from last year’s program in 3 parallel tracks.We choose the sessions on the following criteria:

  1. The most popular XP day sessions among the participants
  2. Availability of the presenters
  3. Balance of subjects and session types

Behind the Scene

Take a look behind the scene see how the hosts select the program and plan the conference.

Location

The conference takes place on 16 May 2014 in Kapellerput in Heeze near Eindhoven, The Netherlands.We’ve reserved 20 hotel rooms at Kapellerput the night before the conference. Contact Kapellerput in time if you want to book one of the rooms.

Register now

Register now for the conference to profit from the early bird savings and to avoid missing out, because the conference usually sells out.

Would you like to present a session at the next XP Days?

The 12th edition of XP Days Benelux will take place on 27-28 November 2014 in the same location as Mini XP Day. Watch this space or register on the XP Days Benelux mailing list (by contacting us by email) to be alerted when the call for sessions for the conference opens.

See you there!