Agile Day in Boston (2011) was quite the spectacle! We had over 248++ attending.
The day featured Richard Sheridan of Menlo Innovations as the keynote, and also included Agile community luminaries Linda Rising (author, FEARLESS CHANGE) and David “The Dude!” Hussman.
We hooked up with AgileNYC, bringing the speakers and sponsors over from the Agile Day in NYC event held the previous day. We rented a big honking PARTY BUS and shipped everyone door-to-door from NYC to the Norwood Massachusetts FOUR POINTS SHERATON where the event was held! We stopped along the way to get lunch on the New Haven Connecticut waterfront, and load up some cargo and grab Starbucks lattes in North Haven CT.
Here is a pic of the awesome Open Space event held after lunch:
The hotel provided what most impartial observers would call an OUTSTANDING lunch. After lunch, we did a huge Open Space event (Jay Vogt facilitating). We had 3 time slots of 60 minutes each, providing 20 locations to have conversations in each time slot. That made space for 60 sessions (3 time slots with 20 locations each) and a great set of conversations.
After the Open Space we closed in a circle and and followed through with a big honking happy-hour party, which was a welcome alternative to rush-hour traffic in Rte 128 !
We ran music, video, amusing games, and free beer! We also raffled off all kinds of stuff, including over one dozen books, $100 cash, and some courses, classes, and other goodies.