Ranked as the third leading agile conference in the world the Agile on the Beach conference based in Cornwall is set to grow again in its fifth year. Over the past four years the conference has steadily reduced its dependency on European and Public sector funding from 100% to 0% for 2015 while continuing to grow its position as a globally recognised event.
As a not-for-profit enterprise the conference has developed to sustain itself based on ticket sales and private sponsorship to secure its future post the current phase of European support. This year the conference plans to extend its capacity from 300 to 350 with a move to the Performance Centre in Penryn, and, with a third of tickets already secured it is well on its way to selling out early for the third consecutive year.
This year keynote speakers Jenni Jepson on Agile Leadership and Dave Farley on Continuous Delivery head up the conference with over 40 more speakers to be announced over the next 2 months. The conference explores 4 agile themes; Agile Business, Agile Software Craftmanship, Agile Teams and Agile Product to provide an array of perspectives on the evolution of this popular methodology.
As agile develops throughout the digital sector and beyond into wider business management practices, the conference aims to bring together thought leaders and practitioners to share their experiences. Last year when surveyed 95% of attendees said ‘Yes – being agile makes them happy”, the conference not only explores the techniques and practical aspects of agility, but emphasises people and teams as key to sustaining and scaling products and organisations in an agile way. The variety of topics at the conference attracts a diversity of attendees from business owners through to development teams from global giants and local enterprises.
The conference spans two days and three nights, beginning with a Cornish pasty pre conference gathering for those arriving on the Wednesday evening, followed by two full days of speaker sessions ranging from quick lightening talks to extended practical hands on workshops. On the Thursday evening the committee host a beach party on the local Gyllyngvase beach before the second day of sessions and a closing dinner for speakers, sponsors and delegates to reflect and relax. This year many will be making the most of the timing of the conference to enjoy the bank holiday week, or a long weekend following the conference exploring the fantastic Cornish coastline and unique landscape.
The main conference will be held 3-4 September 2015. Tickets and further information are available at www.agileonthebeach.com