Best Buy - Midwest Agile Community Road Trip

JULY Midwest Agile Community Road Trip to BEST BUY

Agile road trip from Chicago to Best Buy in Minnesota - We are going to take the Midwest Agile Community on the road for the July Meeting.  The expenses for the trip, travel and meals on Friday are being paid for by our vendors.  On Thursday night we will be visiting the amazing Mall of America!

Here is the current Itinerary:

Thursday - July 11th

  • 11:00 AM - Leave from Cumberland Park & Ride
  • 6:30 PM - Arrive at Hotel and Check In
  • 8:00 PM -Dinner @ Crave in the Mall of America
  • After Dinner - Hang out at the Mall of America

Friday - July 12th

Three great speakers, Esther Derby, Dion Stewart and David "The Dude" Hussman are on the agenda!

  • 6:00 AM - 4-5 Mile jog/run at hotel (Optional)
  • 8:30 AM - Travel to Best Buy HQ
  • 9:00am Meet and Greet/Breakfast (Sponsored by RKMC)
  • 9:20am Icebreaker/Welcome event
  • 9:30am Agile at BBY (Bo)
  • 10:30am A Scrum Master's Guide to Self-Organizing Teams by Esther Derby (workshop)
  • 12:00pm Lunch (sponsored by Version One)
  • 12:30pm Lean Development by Dion Stewart from DevJam (presentation)
  • 1:30pm Agile Openspace by David Hussman form DevJam
  • 2:30pm Wrapup with Len Lagestee from Redpoint
  • 3:00pm - Leave for Home (Dinner Provided on the road)
  • 11:00pm - Arrive in Chicago

TRANSPORTATION - We have a sponsored VAN with WiFi enabled access for transportation to Minnesota and back.

  • Travel Cost $0 - sponsor provided - to be named soon
  • Leaving from Chicago Thursday, 7/11/13 at 11:00 AM
  • Returning to Chicago Friday, 7/12/13 at 10:30 PM
  • Space is limited on the Van to 12 people, first come first serve


LODGING - You will need to book you room and the room rate.  You are responsible for the Hotel charges.

  • Standard room with 2 queen beds.
  • Ask for the “Best Buy Chicago” room block to receive the $65 rate
  • The room rate of $65 will be covered by one of the sponsors
  • You will be responsible for any additional room charges
  • Calling the front desk at[masked]
  • You can cancel your reservation by 6PM the day before check in
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson.Bloomington West
  • 5120 American Boulevard West
  • Bloomington, MN 55437, USA


Please post questions in the discussion board.

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  • Mark Des B.

    Thanks again all for your comments. I am documenting the whole experience in a slide show, and would love to present it at Agile2013. Please help me by Voting at this site for the idea and I might be able to give a Lightening Talk in August. Thanks! Here is the Link to Vote:

    July 15, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Thanks for hosting this event at Best Buy. It was great to discuss Agile practices with both local and visiting enthusiasts. It helps grow and expand how my company approaches our Agile work.

    July 16, 2013

  • Joanna D.

    Great idea Mark. I just voted and encourage everyone else to do so.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Mark Des B.

      Thanks Joanna. After it's completed, I will share the presentation with the group as well.

      July 15, 2013

  • David W.

    Let me add my gratitude to Mark, Len and Bo for a fantastic event! It was great to meet all of you and I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Thanks for all the community, practical advice and Agile wisdom!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Joanna D.

    Thank you Mark, Len and Bo for organizing this meetup. This was a great event. Looking forward for more.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • nirmala

    Hats off to both Mark and Len for organizing this trip we had nice time!!!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Ahsan S.

    Great event and successfully organized! Thank you Mark, Len and Bo! It was very educational and fun. Looking forward for more....

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had been too long since I had a road trip in a van. Was loads of fun. Thanks to everyone for contributing knowledge back to colleagues.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Terry T.

    Thanks to Mark and Len for the educational and enjoyable trip to MN!

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Mark and Len, you guys did an awesome job all the way around! I came, I learned (a huge amount of information), and most importantly, I had fun!

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • srilatha

      Totally agree! Feel wonderful that there is a huge community in MN to learn from/ connect with. Thanks Srilekha for recommending this.

      1 · July 13, 2013

  • Len L.

    Really fun group. Thanks for the adventure!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Mark Des B.

    Great meetup / road trip! Thanks all for coming and for your participation!

    July 12, 2013

  • Mark Des B.

    QUESTIONS: Is overnight parking available at the Cumberland Park & Ride? Yes - Here is the address: 5800 N. Cumberland Ave. Chicago

    July 8, 2013

  • Stacey Proosow A.

    I would like to attend the Best Buy meeting portion on Friday.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please let me know about stopping (pick-up) in Milwaukee. This is a pre-requisite for me. --chris h keith (Milwaukee)

    June 26, 2013

    • Mark Des B.

      Hi, we can come up that way. We just don't want to travel too far out of the way. We need to pick you up, and drop you at a decent Exit with easy on/off.

      July 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rey, Do you want to figure out if we can carpool or wait for the van? I can be reached best at [masked] or at[masked] (cell). Will be in and out today. I am in the Glendale area.

      July 3, 2013

  • Prerna S.

    I am interested in going - if there is room available.

    July 1, 2013

    • Mark Des B.

      We are going to close the list very, very soon. Sign up and respond to the survey if you want to go.

      July 1, 2013

  • Nicolas F.

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it to this one.

    June 21, 2013

  • Nicolas F.

    I can't make it either!

    June 21, 2013

  • Steve Y.

    Due to some family commitments, I need to cancel. I really want to go.

    June 20, 2013

  • Ahsan S.

    excited looking forward to it.

    June 18, 2013

  • Jolie R.

    Sorry - can't do this one!

    May 20, 2013

  • Katie N.

    Unable to travel at this time due to previous commitments.

    May 19, 2013

    • Mark Des B.

      Thanks for the note. We will see you back in Chicago for the next meeting.

      May 29, 2013

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