After a wildly successful inception, the #WomenInAgile workshop leading into Agile2017 is back! This year’s half-day event strives to empower attendees to self-organize both at the event and in their local communities to make small but cascading changes to the diversity and idea inclusion in the Agile community.
The event will start with an inspiring young woman, Abigail Harrison (aka Astronaut Abby), as opening keynote. She aspires to be the first astronaut on Mars and has utilized social media to fund trips to rocket launches across the globe which she live streams to inspire others and share her experiences. Abby also runs a non-profit - the Mars Generation, to help empower today's youth to achieve their dreams in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).
The remainder of the program will create an avenue empowering attendees to take individual and group action through collaborative workshops, and targeted networking. These activities will provide a sustainable learning environment with actionable outcomes able to be implemented immediately.Add this, "New this year, we have selected a few women in the Agile community to give a 7-minute lightning talk with the help of a mentor to prepare. The women and mentors selected are listed in the closing part of the agenda below.
1:00 - 1:10: Introduction and welcome
1:10 - 1:20: Code of Conduct
1:20 - 2:00 Keynote (Abigail Harrison)
2:00 - 2:10 Break
2:10 - 2:20 Introduce purpose, themes, and abbreviated open space model
2:20 - 2:35 Marketplace
2:35 - 3:05 Sessions round one
3:05 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 3:45 Sessions round two
3:45 - 3:55 Wrap-up and readout (~2 min each group)
3:55 - 4:05 Break
4:05 - 4:45 Lightning talks (3 speakers @ 7 minutes each)
• Joanna Vahlsing (mentor Laura Powers)
o Gender's Impact on the Ability for Agile Teams to have Meaningful Feedback Loops
• Linda Podder (mentor Lynn Winterboer)
o Innovation Isn't Just for the Dev Team - It's for Scrum Masters Too!
• Susan Marricone (mentor Ryan Ripley)
o Empowering Women through Agile Outside IT
4:45 - 5:00 Closing and feedback
5:00 - Happy hour at hotel bar"