Open Spaces Technology Format
The Coach Camp was run using the “Open Spaces” technology approach. It was my first exposure to Open Spaces Technology and it worked exceedingly well. (Which is to be expected, given the room was full of Agile Coaches!)
A blank conference schedule is created on a wall using masking tape … dividing the days into 90 minute sessions. In the morning people write topics for sessions on cards and stick them on the wall in a proposed time-slot. People look at the schedule on the wall and move sessions topics around to optimize what’s happening when. This is the “marketplace”. At noon, the end of the first day, and the beginning of second day, the attendees gather and update the schedule on the wall. Flip charts from the sessions are stuck up in the hall, so everyone can see the notes from all the sessions. And here is the result:
The Laws of Conduct
There are a very basic set of “laws” for attending the marketplace breakout sessions:
You can be a bumble bee or a butterfly, or a little of both - You can congregate, or flit from place to place absorbing a little as you go. I’m normally a butterfly kind of guy, but I found all the breakout sessions I attended so enaging, fun, and valuable that I turned into a bumble bee.