1st Conf 2017
$500 – $750
1st Conf 2017

1st Conf 2017

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Storey Hall

Building 16, 336–348 Swanston St

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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From the organisers of LAST Conference comes 1st Conf, for people who are in their first stages of working with agility, the people who work with them, and for people who want to take agile to the whole organisation. Expanded to 2 days for 2017, it is fast becoming an essential event on the calendar. Numbers are limited at this event, to give you a unique, community-based, learning experience.


Dr Alistair Cockburn

Alistair will introduce the conference to the Heart of Agile framework.

Alistair Cockburn

"Agile has become overly decorated. Let’s scrape away those decorations for a minute, and get back to the center of agile." — Alistair Cockburn

Alistair Cockburn is an inspirational speaker and one of the initiators of the agile movement in software development. He helped write the original Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001, the agile Project Mangement Declaration of Interdependence in 2005, and co-founded the International Consortium for Agile in 2009. He is a principal proponent of the use case for documenting business processes and behavioural requirements for software, and inventor of the Cockburn Scale for categorising software projects. He has spoken at events all over the world, including the keynotes at Agile 2009, Ruby Conf 2010, Agile Roots 2010 and Scrum Day Paris 2014.

Jurgen Appelo

Alistair's thinking on the Heart of Agile is the framework for the event, but it's not the Alistair show! We also have a world-class co-headliner in the form of Jurgen Appelo.

Jurgen Appelo

"when organizations adopt Agile practices, it is imperative that team leaders and development managers learn a better approach to leading and managing their teams." — Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo is an author and speaker, who is pioneering management that helps creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century.

He can show you how to become an agile business with better outcomes; He shows you how to creatively manage your company; And he can inspire professionals with a purpose, advocating work-life integration for creative people.

Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, Jurgen has published a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations, How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. His most recent book is called #Workout / Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients.

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Kelsey van Haaster and Craig Brown.Kelsey van Haaster and Craig Brown are curating the speaker and workshop content at 1st Conference. They said:

When designing 1st Conference 2017, we wanted to:

  • Refresh the format

    …and be the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to be based upon the “Heart of Agile” concept. This seeks to get back to the roots of what Agile is really all about and is the result of decades of experience that Dr Cockburn has, working with organisations and teams who want to find better ways to work.

  • Create more meaningful Learning Opportunities.
    1st Conf will run over two days and is designed to be an experience for delegates to cover the Heart of Agile of concepts of Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect and Improve. With top class experts from overseas and also from our region.

On Day One, each concept will be explored by experts on the subject area in a series of talks intended to position and explain the quadrant within the larger Heart of Agile model.

Day Two is intended to deepen the understanding from day one, through a series of practical workshops. Delegates will be able to attend a workshop covering each Heart of Agile area. Each workshop will teach one or more practical techniques that attendees can take back to their workplaces and put to immediate use.

  • Use a new venue.

    We selected RMIT’s Storey Hall as its spaces support the new format in a better way than the previous venue.

  • Support diversity.
    We as organisers support conference diversity and we commit to enhance the diversity of speakers and workshop facilitators.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email us at 1stConf@tabar.com.au. You can also follow @1stConf on Twitter

Can I get a tax invoice?
Yes. Eventbrite should automatically send you a Tax Invoice for Australian taxation purposes. Registration price is includes GST and booking fees.

Is my registration transferrable?
Yes, you may transfer your ticket to a friend or colleague at any time.

Is my registration refundable?
A full refund of registration fees paid will be provided if delegates cancel their attendance by a formal notification such as e-mail before midnight on 11 January 2017.

A 75% refund will be made if a delegate cancels attendance before midnight on 25 January 2017.

A 50% refund will be made if a delegate cancels attendance before midnight on 8 February 2017.

No refund can be made after midnight on 22 February 2017.

A full refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Tabar Pty Ltd will not be held liable for any additional delegate costs incurred such as travel and accommodation.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Situated in the Melbourne Central Business District, there is paid parking is available at parking buildings in the vicinity. We highly recommend that you take public transport to the venue. The closest train station is Melbourne Central, approximately 2 minutes walk from the venue. There are also many trams along Swanston St.

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