Fostering Innovation and Creativity at Work

An Agile Jam (Self-Organized Sessions)

Facilitated by: David Chilcott & Elina Razdobarina

Our Agile Jam Theme: Fostering Innovation and Creativity at Work

What is an "Agile Jam"

An  "Agile Jam" (sometime referred to as an "unconference") is a participant-driven meeting. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.

Unconferences often use variations on the Open Space Technology format / method developed by Harrison Owen in the mid 1980s. Owen's 1993 book Open Space Technology: a User's Guide discussed many of the techniques now associated with unconferences, although his book does not use that term.

Like in Open Space,  the agenda will created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Unconferences typically feature open discussions rather than having a single speaker at the front of the room giving a talk, although any format is permitted. This form of conference is particularly useful when the attendees generally have a high level of expertise or knowledge in the field the conference convenes to discuss.

We'll have two rounds of sessions with report-backs from each session to the whole group to share highlights, learnings, puzzles and any next actions undertaken by the session participants.  One such action might be to publish the session notes so that everyone in the BayALN community can benefit. 

At the very end,  time permitting, we'll have a closing circle.

Please join us for an evening of exploring Agile principles and practices! Deepen your connection to YOUR agile community of practice. 

Elina Razdobarina

Elina has been an agile devotee since 2007, introducing it to software teams while managing projects, programs and living through a couple of agile transformations. Elina switched focus to the people side of agile and is now completely focused on taking agile beyond engineering – consulting on agile business management and its application to human capital and organizational design in high-growth companies. Her background is pretty wild and includes a degree in chemical engineering, certificate in HR and an MBA in Information Systems. Elina’s favorite topic to discuss is “Can we be as efficient as a production line, but without feeling like a drone and be sincerely invested in what we are doing?”

Elina has been running BayALN events since 2013 and is very proud to be a part of such tight learning-focused community.

David Chilcott

David has an unusual set of skills that encompasses both the deeply technical and the deeply human aspects of software development. In addition to his background as a system architect and software developer, David holds a degree in group dynamics, and has completed formal training in creative problem solving, advanced facilitation, Innovation Games facilitation, non-violent communication (NVC), conflict resolution, Co-Active Coaching, Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) and the CTI Leadership Program. His passionate focus on collaboration and clear communication supports effective Agile business consulting, leadership and management coaching, and team facilitation, training, and coaching.

David has worked with organizations of all shapes and sizes from Fortune 500 companies to community-based not-for-profits, providing successful Agile business consulting and training, and has been designing and building custom business applications since 1989.

With a long standing interest and commitment to supporting learning communities David has been actively supporting and participating in both national and local associations, non-profits and business organizations for over 35 years. He is a former president of the Bay Area Association of Database Developers, is on the Agile Open California conference organizing team and is a former board member for the National Agile Leadership Network. He is also the founder and a coordinating committee member of both the Bay Area Agile Leadership Network (BayALN) and the Bay Area Agile Coaching Circles.

David is a husband, step-father, and grandfather, and is also active in healing, diversity, & social justice work.

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  • Doug Shelton, CSM/CSPO, SPC, P.

    Hey - nothings "Perfect" :-)

    June 18, 2014

  • Sharon W.

    Loved the group sessions, safe place to express your own point of views

    June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fun! Collaborative, generous-spirited, learning experience.

    June 18, 2014

  • lisa e.

    great format, great dynamics and content

    June 18, 2014

  • Luna A.

    Open and fun session. various interesting topics. Knowledgeable and great people.

    June 18, 2014

  • Gourav J.

    I won't be able to show-up due to some emergency but could not find option to RSVP - No. I apologize for late but I was really trying to make it even late but not possible now.

    June 17, 2014

    • Elina R.

      for the future - you log into event page and at the top near your name there is big green button: Your RSVP: YES, Change it - so you need just to click on that green button and change Yes to No.

      June 18, 2014

  • Elina R.

    great energy, thank you all for being so open and willing!

    June 18, 2014

  • Nancy


    since I did not get the notification that I was moved form wait listed to RSVP until after 6:30, unfortunately, I made other plans.

    June 17, 2014

  • Elizabeth G.

    Ugh, tackled at the 5-yard line. My loss is someone else's gain, one hopes.

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Elina R.

      Can you please update RSVP so the spot will open? See you next time !!

      June 17, 2014

    • Elizabeth G.

      I did, it showed as 'No' shortly after.

      1 · June 17, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Wow, how did I miss registering for this?

    June 12, 2014

  • Elina R.

    thanks Martin for good point: Everyone who RSVP with (+1) - please ask your "plus one" if they really going to show up, and update your RSVPs accordingly.. thank much! This session will be highly interactive, so we will benefit from attendees who knows what they signed up for...

    June 9, 2014

  • Martin N.


    there are people on the waitlist, including me :), so if you know you can’t make it, please cancel the RSVP. Thanks

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Viki

      Im too on the waitlist

      June 9, 2014

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