Balanced Team Summit 2015 interview

Rick Harlow and I had the pleasure of interviewing with West Michigan-based magazine RapidGrowth about the upcoming Balanced Team Summit. Here’s a nice little excerpt :

“To me, if I had to explain the value proposition,” says Harlow, “it would be: Everything from startups to large companies, everyone from experienced people to people just trying to learn about it. And hopefully it becomes, similar to that story map: We’ve structured an event to allow for a purposeful conversation around, what does it mean to work among a diverse group of people with different skills and talents to accomplish things?”

Please check it out here, rebroadcast to your social circles, and then purchase a ticket for the event! Enjoy!

Balanced Team Summit 2015: Tickets Available Now

We’re excited to announce that tickets are now available for the upcoming summit in Grand Rapids in June. Early bird ticket sales will run through February 15; standard ticket sales will begin after that. There are a limited number of early bird tickets available, so buy now and save some cash while you can! We’d greatly appreciate your early support.

Visit the event website for more information on ticket sales, and of course the event itself.

Your planning committee: Matt Fletcher, Lane Halley, Rick Harlow, Brittany Hunter and Gail Swanson.

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Our call for proposals runs through February 6. We’re pleased with what’s come in so far, but we would love to hear some more ideas for great talks! Visit our CFP page for more information.

 

 

Balanced Team Salon, NYC, April 19, 2015

Please save the date for a Balanced Team Salon on Sunday April 19, 2015 in New York City! It will be hosted by CompStak at 36 Cooper Square in Manhattan. The planning committee includes Jonathan Berger, Ray Delapena of Catalyst, and Jeff Domke and Rick Winslow of CompStak.

The session will run for a half-day starting late AM or afternoon, depending on the Lean UX NYC conference schedule and visiting attendees’ plans.

The event will include brunch/snacks, beverages, socializing, small group break-out sessions and a recap, similar to prior BT Salons. Topics are entirely open for consideration, and we’ll solicit ideas soon.

Looking forward to making new friends visiting for the week, and seeing NYC BT’ers, too! More info to come…

Balanced Team Summit 2015: Call for Proposals

Happy New Year! We look forward to gathering in Grand Rapids, MI for a weekend of conversation, collaboration and community at the Balanced Team Summit. We’re going to continue many of the elements that we’ve enjoyed at past events: a great location, a mix of invited speakers, community contributions, open space sessions and lots of social time. We have an exciting weekend planned, and look forward to your participation.

Our theme this year is “Balanced Teams Everywhere

Balance is action guided by incremental adjustments, rather than an achieved state. At the 2015 Balanced Team Summit, we will explore and share the latest techniques and innovations of Balanced Teams in different sized organizations in the software industry and beyond. Throughout it all, we’ll be considering the question, “What does it mean to be a balanced team?”

open-space

At its core, Balanced Team is a community and we’re eager to hear from your Balanced Teams. What Balanced Team techniques have worked well for you? What hasn’t worked well? What improvements have you made over the years that are worth sharing? Do you have a nagging question you want help from this group to answer? Are there big issues we need to address in the upcoming year to help build even better Balanced Teams?

Please let us know what you want to contribute. If you have more than one idea, it’s OK to submit more than once. We’re accepting submissions through Friday February 6th, 2015.

Thanks for reading this, we very much look forward to seeing you soon in Grand Rapids!!

For more information, please visit the conference site

Balanced Team Summit 2015 Theme Announced

Update 1/5/2015: the conference site is live at www.balancedteam.org/btgr2015

Hello friends! We are pleased to announce the theme for the Balanced Team Summit on June 13 and 14, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan! 

Balanced Teams Everywhere

Balance is action guided by incremental adjustments, rather than an achieved state. At the 2015 Balanced Team Summit, we will explore and share the latest techniques and innovations of Balanced Teams in different sized organizations in the software industry and beyond. Throughout it all, we’ll be considering the question, “What does it mean to be a balanced team?”

We’re working on launching our conference website and will make a call for submissions soon.

If you want to participate in the conversation about this event and help us plan, please join our Google group. If you would like to get announcements about Balanced Team events sent directly to your inbox, please sign up for our events announcement list.

Your planning committee: Matt Fletcher, Lane Halley, Rick Harlow, Brittany Hunter and Gail Swanson.

Agile 2014 Conference Redux

Agile 2014 was once again was full of UX related content — over 28 hours worth spread over five days. If, like us, you couldn’t attend this year here are links to all of the UX related slide decks we could find:

You also might be interested in:

If we missed anything please let us know at crew@quietstars.com!

(excerpted with permission from “The Agile & Lean UX News #15“)

Balanced Team Salon in Los Angeles

It is time for another Balanced Team meetup for the folks in Los Angeles and SoCal. It is set on Wednesday August 20, 2014 at Fandango in Santa Monica from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

RSVP on Meetup

Instead of sitting down and listening to a few presentations, we have designed an activity for every attendee to participate in discussions and generate ideas together. Come prepared because it will be filled with plenty of conversations from people in the community sharing ideas, socializing, and offering insights from their own experience.

If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, DevOps, Customer Development—and anything else that values multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery of value—you’ll find this of interest.

To ensure the quality of the activity, this event is capped at 30 attendees. It is free and first come, first serve. Please RSVP at our meetup page and feel free to invite new folks to come along. We know that our diversity always makes the conversation more fun!

Many, many thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Fandango, for providing food, drinks, and materials!

RSVP on Meetup

Mark Your Calendars! Balanced Team Summit June 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI

Update 1/5/2015: the conference site is live at www.balancedteam.org/bt2015

Update 11/24: Balanced Team Summit 2015 Theme announcement

We’re pleased to announce that we will be holding a Balanced Team Summit on June 13 and 14, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan! The planning committee is made up of Rick Harlow of Visualhero, Gail Swanson of Manifest Digital, Lane Halley, and Matt Fletcher and myself, Brittany Hunter, from Atomic Object.

The event is a year from now, so we’ve got plenty of time to plan a great conference. Currently, we’re working to secure a great venue and choose a theme. We’ve got some great ideas, but everything is under consideration at this point. Is there a particular theme or question you’ve been wondering about and would like to further explore with fellow Balanced Teamers? Let us know by filling out our quick google form! 

We are all super excited to host the conference next year. See you then!

Balanced Team Salon, London, May 31st 2014

On Saturday May 31st, a group of poly-skilled developers, designers, researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and product managers will be meeting. Come join us.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite now!

If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, Devops, Customer Development – and anything else that values multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery of value – you’ll find this of interest.

Don’t know what Balanced Team is about? Read about the history of Balanced Team, check out our blog posts, and see some of the things that happened at the last Balanced Team London.

Rough schedule for the day:

  • 10-11am: Breakfast, make new friends, meet old ones, generate conversation topics.
  • 11am-3pm: Break out group discussions, fishbowls, etc.
  • 3-4pm: Share learnings, closing circle, tearful goodbyes.

Do come: If you want to spend a day actively learning with your peers.
Don’t come: If you want to sit down and listen passively to presentations.

Remember – tickets are available on Eventbrite now!

Thank you to our sponsors Neo & Pivotal Labs for making this event possible.

Venue:

Pivotal Labs
Bentima House
168-172 Old Street
London EC1V 9BP