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APLN-Chicago Meetup

Agile Professional Learning Conference 2017

May 18, 2017
8:00am - 4:30pm at the
DePaul University O'Hare Conference Center

"Explorations in Leading an Agile Journey"

"Okay - close your eyes and imagine that we begin our agile journey to a distant galaxy. No matter where we begin the journey, it is an eternal quest for knowledge - as it should be.

A leader on this journey will need three things:

1. The Ship

Examples include Practices, Processes, Systems, Tools, etc...

2. The Crew - Human Factors

Examples include Engaging and influencing everyone, Dealing with conflicts, Avoiding mutiny, and other carbon-unit idiosyncrasies...

3. The Navigation

Examples include Leading change by navigating the organizational asteroids, Repurposing obsolete constructs, Rooting out anti-behaviors, and Keeping an eye on the ultimate destination...

Join us on May 18th as the Agile Professional Learning Network takes you on an epic, full-day voyage into an agile future..

Early-bird Registration will open on March 27th, 2017

Early-Bird Registration - thru April 30, 2017 : $99
Late Registration - May 1 - May 17 : $115

Conference Highlights


Keynote Address: "It Starts with an Invitation"

Who among us has not been invited into the homes and hearts of others? Who among us has not invited others into our homes and hearts? Every deep relationship begins with an invitation. Indeed, every great, beautiful, and even tragic endeavor shared by humans throughout history was begun with an invitation. An invitation to believe. An invitation to act. An invitation to achieve. An invitation to become.

As a leader, this is your role - To invite others in to share in your passion and dreams. To invite others to contribute in their own unique way to that which you hope to create. To invite others to share in achieving your goals and resulting success. You become the host for the event. You craft the environment, you propose a purpose, you establish boundaries, and you invite others to participate.

With each invitation, you create a new opportunity. And with each invitation, you take a risk. As host, try as you might, you cannot control all aspects of the event. And you must choose; choose when to intervene and when to allow the unexpected to become the new course. You are both actor and observer, simultaneously in charge and subjugated. And whether it is a success or failure may still be a debate long after the event is over, but no matter how it comes to a close, it starts with an invitation.

Doc Norton: Doc NortonDoc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, and Belly, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products.

Agile Media: Agile Chicago Style Podcast

Rick Waters and Matt Beam will be onsite througout the day, recording material and interviews for their podcast. Learn more about their show at

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Additional Sponsorships available: We are looking for sponsors!  If you would like to help sponsor Agile Professional Learning Conference 2017, please contact us!

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