Agile Coach Camp NL

Agile Coach Camp is a two-day-getting-together with experienced Agile coaching enthusiasts, exchanging ideas, learning and sharing, coaching and being coached. Two wonderful, inspiring days for those who consider themselves to be experienced agile coaches, seasoned scrum masters or change consultants. And while everybody brings their experience with them, everybody brings a piece of the puzzle.

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Agile Coach Camp 2020 Postponed

Dear Agile Coach Campers,

Last week was pretty hard for us as organizers. The advice from the government did not give us clear guidelines for our little event, as they limited their advice to events of larger than 100. With 50 participants there was not “reason” to cancel or postpone.

But we did not feel good about this. The growing number of people getting sick. Companies advising their employees to avoid large meetings of people and also to stay home to work from there. We were getting bad feelings about bringing together people in an event, no matter how small. Also if companies ask people to avoid events like ours, how would that affect our Coach Camp. Imagine our participants getting sick after joining our event. Imagine them or their parents dying.

First we sent out communication that we would continue on, but things kept deteriorating. By the end of the week we felt really bad about it. And thus we decided to review this decision. We sent out a poll to see what you would say. If you would actually join us. And we spoke to each other to look at the options. We also called the hotel and the insurance company to look at possibilities.

The hotel will have large problems. But they understood the pinch we are in. They expected a large loss of clientele.
The insurance company did not have an answer to our question. They would call back later.
The poll showed a good number of you would not be able to come. So for us the solution would be to move it. To hold it at a later moment.

We’ve made investments, bought materials and made other costs to create the level of quality you know from our previous coach camps. We are unable to pay back all the tickets, so postponing was the best answer.

The hotel offered us an option in November, a good date, and we offered to pay half the rooms, so they would not lose too much income at this point.

The insurance company was not as understanding. The government has set a limit on the number of participants of an event, but even with staff we won’t make it to 100 people. The insurance company keeps to that number though and says we have no reason to cancel or postpone. We need to see the insurance costs as a loss.

We now have a date to look forward to. We are thinking about a theme for this coach camp as well. It is the first time we have a coach camp set in autumn instead of spring. So nature in Vierhouten will be different. So get ready for November 6-8, 2020 Agile Coach Camp!

If you have tickets and problems with this date, please get in contact with us on AgileCoachCampNL@gmail.com and we will look for solutions.
If you failed to get a ticket last time, as it was sold out quickly. Then also contact us. We can swap the tickets of those who cannot come.

See you in November!!!

Training from the BACK of the ACCNL17

We would like to inform you that there will be a “Training from the BACK of the room”-train-the-trainer by Thorsten Oliver Kalnin, who will be a participant at ACCNL. This training is planned for Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of April, immediately following the Agile Coach Camp. The location will also be Hotel de Vossenberg in Vierhouten. A great opportunity for you if you want to learn to create and facilitate trainings that help people connect deeply with the topic and enable them to apply it to their work. It won’t be surprising to you that it involves self-organisation and taking context into account.

There is an extra early bird discount for all participants of ACCNL17 when they subscribe for the training. Check your email for details on this offer, or contact us. For more information about the training look on Thorsten’s website http://trainingfromthebackoftheroom.de.

Preparing ACCNL17 and closing 2016!


Last night we, Julya, Marjans, Miriam and myself, have been closing last year and with that, our first administrative year of the foundation Agile Coach Camp Nederland.

Of course we are also preparing for the next Agile Coach Camp, planned on the 7th – 9th of April 2017. We are looking for improvements like:

  • More single bedrooms,
  • How to do wrap-ups after the Open Space,
  • How to improve the summary of the weekend,
  • and lots more…

Further more we are talking to our sponsors for 2017 and are preparing to start the ticket sales beginning next year. So keep following us on Facebook, Twitter or here on WordPress!

Rules of OpenSpace

OpenSpace is a small set of rules that allow groups of people to interact in a simple, productive, organized way to create valuable dialogs that address the participants’ most important issues.openspacerules

The Fundamental “Rules” of the sessions that happen during OpenSpace conferences are:

  • Whoever shows up is the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it’s over, it’s over

To lead an OpenSpace Talk:

  • Come up with an interesting topic and title for your discussion.
    • You don’t need to develop these before the conference; most of the ideas will come to you during the event.
  • Fill out a schedule Post-It for your topic.
  • Place the topic on the schedule.
  • If you see topics that have something in common, consider combining them into a single time slot.
  • If a significant number of people want to attend your discussion and another discussion in the same time slot, try to trade into another time slot to ensure maximum dialogue and participation.

To attend an OpenSpace Talk:

  • Check the schedule and sign up for a talk or just drop in if you wish.
  • Use the ‘Law of two feet.’ If you feel that you are not contributing or benefiting from a presentation, please feel free to move on to something else.
  • Allow the discussion convener to steer his or her topic. If you have an opposing opinion that needs a full time slot you should feel free to add your own OpenSpace slot to discuss the topic.