Agile 2009 takes place in Chicago from August 24th - 28th. The call for papers is closed, and the agenda has been developed. The conference is composed of 20 different stages. As stage producer for Developer Jam, I'm incredibly excited about the sessions and speakers we've assembled.
The Developer Jam stage has three main components:
- Clinics - Clinics are instructor led hands-on sessions that emphasize a specific skill. They range in duration from 90 to 180 minutes. Attendees should bring their laptops and expect to write some code.
- Tutorials and Experience Reports - Tutorials and Experience Reports are in-depth interactive sessions covering timely topics that are relevant to developers. They may have some hands-on elements, but are designed as a forum for the presenter to describe implementing agile practices in the real world.
- Programming with the Stars - A lighthearted 45 minute session held daily where select attendees will have the opportunity to compete in a programming contest with the stars of the agile universe. Judges will grade the contestants throughout the competition. This portion of the stage is still being developed.
The Developer Jam stage alone has 26 sessions throughout the week on a wide range of topics. For now, here's a preview of what to expect on the Developer Jam stage for Agile 2009.
- Build Engineer Bootcamp clinic led by Paul Julius and Jeffrey Frederick. Paul is a co-founder of CruiseControl and Jeffrey has been a committer for a long time.
- Styles of TDD clinic led by Naresh Jain and Michael Feathers. Naresh is the 2007 winner of the Gordon Pask Award and Michael wrote the book on how to work with legacy code.
- Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests clinic by Steve Freeman. Steve is currently writing this book.
- BDD clinic lead by Elizabeth Keogh. Elizabeth was lead developer on the first behavior driven development framework, JBehave.
- Clean Code tutorial lead by Robert Martin. UncleBob has been a staple in the agile and OO communities for a long time, and was one of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto.
Update: The complete program has just been posted.