It’s that time of the year again. Yup… Agile Arizona 2018 is just around the corner. This year it will be held at the Desert Willow Conference Center from November 14 – November 16.

So why should you go to Agile Arizona 2018? Here are five very good reasons.

5. Learn more about Agile

“I already practice Agile. What more do I need to know?”

The answer is… a lot! Though the core concepts of Agile are very well established by this point, the ecosystem is constantly evolving. From new tools and frameworks to lively academic discussions, the world of Agile is dynamic.

You probably implemented Agile for the advertised throughput improvements. And then you actually saw those benefits realized. Why stop there? By keeping in the know on what is going on with Agile, you can continue to iterate over performance improvements.

4. Support your local community

Though Phoenix is a large city, the tech community is actually very small. Think about how often you’ve gone to a new company only to find it full of people one-to-two steps removed. Anything that strengthens this community is great all around. Stronger technical people means stronger technical teams which means stronger companies… which attracts more great companies.

By supporting locally grown events like Agile Arizona 2018, you are going a long way to helping Phoenix cement its reputation as a strong tech hub. You will grow your local networks. And you will help your career.

3. Great speakers

So you know how I mentioned that Phoenix is becoming known as a strong tech hub? Well a side benefit of this is a pool of strong speakers. This is why the Agile Arizona speaker roster is always so strong. If you go to Agile Arizona 2018, you will have access to excellent presentations on a variety of Agile topics. You will leave the conference with new skills and perspectives on Agile hurdles that you couldn’t gain from just reading books and online articles.

2. Get Certified

Want to let the world know about your Agile knowledge? Maybe one of the Agile certifications is right for you. Guess what… you can do that at Agile Arizona 2018 as well. Agile Arizona 2018 is offering two-day certification workshops for Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Certified Agile Leadership (CAL). If you’ve been considering getting certified, this is the perfect opportunity. You can spend two days knocking out a certification, and then spend a great day networking with your peers and soaking up knowledge in the myriad sessions.

1. Listen to Larry and Bob

Okay, I know I already mentioned that Agile Arizona 2018 will be chock full of great talks. Did I mention Larry Cummings and Bob Wen from Isos Technology are both speaking? No? Well they are.

If you have been to Agile Arizona 2018 in the past, you have probably attended one of Larry’s sessions. He is a perennial favorite, and we are happy he will be speaking this year. This year he is presenting “Practical Steps to Ensure a Successful Agile Transformation“.

Our second presenter is Bob Wen. He is new to both Isos Technology, and speaking at Agile Arizona 2018. However, he is not new to the Agile world. As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), he is very passionate about Agile. Bob will be presenting “Common SAFe Pitfalls and How to Recover from Them“.


What are you waiting for?

So if you are still on the fence about Agile Arizona 2018, hop on down and register today!