In Open Space meetings, events, or conferences, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel sessions around a specific theme. Open Space is a straightforward way to create participant-driven events to address a specific question or theme. After being introduced to the principles and practices of open space, participants are invited to build the event schedule, just-in-time. Individuals propose sessions they’d like to lead, or sessions they’d like to see someone else step up and lead. Quickly, almost if by magic, a schedule emerges, composed of sessions around topics people feel passionate about pursuing.
Open Space is a process that allows everyone to participate in sessions with others whom they may not normally have a chance to talk with. Like Agile itself, Open Space Technology sessions operate under a small set of guiding principles. These principles are deceptively simple, yet provide just enough structure for spontaneous discussions:
- Whoever comes are the right people.
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
- Whenever it starts is the right time.
- Whenever it’s over, it’s over.
- Wherever it happens is the right place.
Additionally, there is one law—The Law of Personal Mobility: If you find yourself where you can’t learn or contribute, move yourself to a place where you can.
Open Space will benefit anyone who in looking to learn from others in a more informal conference setting. The format allows the attendees to learn at their own pace as part of a large discussion or maybe even just one-on-one in a small side conversion.
Attending this online event is simple, you just need access laptop/PC with a stable internet connection, audio/video and microphone capabilities.
In order to save some time during the event itself, you will be invited to an online “marketplace” where you can submit topics or questions that you are prepared to lead a discussion on during the event.
Full details of the tools we use during the event (with setup instructions) will be sent with your joining instructions shortly before the event itself.
What is “Open Space”?
In 1983, Harrison Owen observed during a conference he had organized that most of the meaningful conversations and active learning seemed to take place outside of the formal presentations. After giving that some thought, Owen went on to originate Open Space Technology, an approach to organizing meetings that allows groups of all sizes to self-organize, create their own agenda, and collectively work together to solve complex problems. Since then, groups of 5 to 2000 members across a host of disciplines have used Open Space meetings to address complex and varied themes.
Agile Open Space conferences have been held for over 10 years. The earliest Agile Open Space was a two-day event jointly organized by Belgium and Dutch Agilists held in 2005 in Belgium. Today Agile Open Space conferences are held around the world.
How will this work online?
We will be using ZOOM for this event, which allows us to create breakout rooms which any attendee can join, at any time. The sessions will be timeboxed by the faciliators and then attendees will return to the main room before selecting another breakout room to join. We will recap that discussions before the event closes.
If you have any other questions about how this event will work, please contact one of the team and we will be happy to help.