The last few weeks, I have been picking up my life in Belgium again. While I was doing that lot’s of announcements came into my inbox:

Geoff Watts was interested in following a course on Visual Facilitation and decided he would organize it himself.

I have huge respect for this kind of course organization; (Done a few of these myself.)

Here is his announcement:


    • As subscribers to the site, I thought you might be interested in something that I am organising. Please note – this is not a service that I am selling. It is a course I am organising so that I can attend 😮
      Due to the amount of time I find myself in front of a flipchart, I have personally decided to invest in my facilitation skills. At a recent conference I attended, I saw first-hand how impressive some other coaches outputs from openspace sessions and they all had something in common – they have attended a course in Visual Facilitation by a company from Germany.
      I have booked a trainer to come over to England for 2 days (28th & 29th March) and a venue in a hotel in Birmingham (The Apollo). I have a few spaces available on this course if anyone wishes to join me and a few other coaches/trainers. The cost will likely be about £500
      The details of the course can be found here // and if you would like to chat more about it then please feel free to drop me a line either by email or by phone (07717 111199

The site for AgileGames2011 also went online.

  • I wanted to let you all know that registration has opened up for the
    Agile Games 2011 conference being held in Boston, Massachusetts April
    The really big announcement is that we managed to get a nice discount
    for very early registrations. The price is $295 for people buying by
    1/24. That will be the absolutely cheapest price for this conference.
    you can see more details here:
    we’ll be having one more big announcement next week when we officially
    open our "call for games". I will keep this group posted.
      -Brian Bozzuto, Co-Chair Agile Games 2011

I heard that 2 bootcamps are being organized. (Did not receive any links yet.)

After one year of Retroflection of the Day I decided to keep it alive for at least another year. (I would love to have more people asking open coaching questions as the current 20 people are temporary out of idea’s. Contact me if you want to participate.) More good news about that project in the coming weeks.


A few deadlines for upcoming agile conferences:

– Agile 2011 end next monday
– Xp2011 ends today

  • Reminder. January 7 is the last day for proposing sessions for XP2011 conference in Madrid Spain on 10-13th May.
    XP2011 is the 12th international conference on Agile Software Development and will be hosted by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain. The conference brings together both industrial practitioners and researchers in the fields of information systems and software development, and examines latest theory, practical applications, and implications of agile methods.
    The conference has a strong research bias. We’re looking for various session types:- instructive tutorials, exploratory workshops, innovative demonstrations, visible posters, industrial experiences, and more. Get the details on session types at at //
    This conference is a non-commercial conference organised at a university by a team of volunteers, we hope you understand that this limits the speaker compensation package we are able to offer. There will be 1 free registration for each tutorial or workshop that is accepted (hotel and travel costs are not included). Presenters of other session types will be offered significant registration discounts.
    Please submit details of your session proposals online at // by Jan 7.
    .. and pass this reminder onto friends and colleagues too 🙂
    Rachel Davies
    General chair, XP2011 conference


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What a great start of the year. If now I find time to propose a session on agile games for agile 2011.