LAST Conference 2019 Melbourne …and Anywhere

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As mentioned in this post, planning for LAST Conferences around Australia is in full swing. Melbourne is no exception, so we are here with news about what’s happening for the different cities in the lead up to 30 July.

We love to Experiment

From time to time we evolve the format; changing, adding, removing. Things that have been tried include, adding remote opening speakers to present via video link, running agile Developer workshops, heightening the FOMO by runnning lots of concurrent streams, encouraging people to bring games, and running a version of the Agile Battle of the Bands night.

LAST Anywhere

We’ve decided to go to a single day event in Melbourne in 2019. This is in order to support our latest innovation. LAST Anywhere, a program of remote-friendly events with content drawn from the LAST Conference “physical” events and the ecosystem we operate in.

We think that improvements in technology and changes in the way that people work, that allow people to work together anywhere, and to communicate and learn, mean that it’s a good time to explore the possibilities that arise from this.

Although LAST Conferences in cities around Australia, in general, act quite locally, we realise that they are also a part of a wider community. We also realise that people in regional Australia (or not in Australia) might not have access to something like LAST. We decided we want to enable people who are not close to a city that a LAST Conference is held in, to be a part of what we are doing.

Increasing the remote friendliness of our community can help people in other ways. You may have limits on your mobility, not be free on the date we run the event or be otherwise constrained.

Another aspect is that we wanted to bring what we believe about product development (frequent delivery that fast feedback) to apply to the type of learning that LAST Conference does. That’s why we have returned to one day for the Melbourne event, with more LAST Anywhere events, throughout the year.

LAST Anywhere will be coming later in the year. The website will have a new look in the coming days. We’d love for you to be part of it and share your feedback about it with us.

Support LAST Conference!

We are very happy to announce the first company to support LAST Conference Melbourne 2019. It’s 460degrees, an “expert management agency inspired by personal development and business transformation”. Simon Bristow, their Agility Transformation Champion, will be a familiar name and face to many of our participants. They are Supporters of LAST Conference in Melbourne on 30 July AND they are founding Passionate Supporters of LAST Anywhere.

More supporters are lined up, and we will announce them soon. In the meantime, if your organisation would like to be part of LAST Conference Melbourne this year, please email us.

Get involved

As a community driven event, LAST Conference Melbourne relies on people like you to get involved by submitting an idea for a session, or registering to participate and attend on the day. Session submissions are open now at our ConfEngine page. Registrations are now open for people who came to 2018’s edition (you’ll receive a code to unlock registrations, with general registrations opening at 9am on Thu May 23, 2019.

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