Registration for Open Space 2015 has started!


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Theme is The Agile Workplace.

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Really happy to announce more information about the upcoming Spark The Change conference in April...
Over the last number of year, the Agile community has been learning that 'Agile' is less about Agile and more about change.  The last 8 years of data from Version One's annual State of Agile survey shows that "failure to change the organization's culture" and "general resistance to change" account for almost 80% of the responses to this question: What barriers have prevented your organization from furthering your adoption of Agile?
These aren't Agile problems and other communities, such as organizational development and change management, have known this for decades. These communities have many great ideas that the Agile community can use, and vice versa. This is why Spark the Change was created. It's a conference to bring together people in multiple communities so collectively we can inspire each other to help bring meaningful change into today's organizations. Spark will be attracting HR, change management, Agile and Organizational Development professionals from all over the world through 12 sessions, 3 full-day workshops, an open space and more! Find out more details at and save 10% on registration by using the code TAC at checkout.

The Toronto Software Journeymen are hosting a Toronto location for global day of code retreat on Saturday November 15th

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Please share this with anyone you think should go!

Event Details:

Saturday November 15th at the Shopify offices(80 Spadina Ave, 4th Floor)

This is a free event with lunch! (Made possible by our Sponsors)

We will be opening the doors at 9 am and starting promptly at 10 am.

Come practice with us and thousands of other developers around the world!

Sign up here

What is Coderetreat?

Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of 'getting things done', the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimizes the cost of change over time.

What is Global Day of Coderetreat?

Global Day of Coderetreat is a world-wide event celebrating passion and software craftsmanship. Last year, over 2000 passionate software developers in 150 cities around the world spent the day practicing the craft of software development using the coderetreat format. This year, our goal is to have 200 participating cities! With an average of 20-25 participants per city, that's over 3000 developers! You can find out more information about the day on the 2014 global day announcement.

The 2014 program has been posted.

Very excited to announce we will have a full conference this Fall! Agile Tour Toronto is coming under the new name Toronto Agile and Software 2014.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, November 10th in downtown Toronto.

Full details: Toronto Agile and Software 2014



AgileOpen 2014 Sponsors

We are happy to announce our AgileOpen 2014 sponsors

Attention this year's AgileOpen theme has been selected!


Thank you all for your votes.

Our theme this year will be the Future of Agile.

Don’t forget to register!

See you there!

AgileOpen 2014 -- Registration is now open!

Registration for the event! 

The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. 

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Agile Open Toronto 2014



Saturday May 3, 2014

55 John Street, Metro Hall, Room 308-309, Toronto

The Toronto Agile Community is happy to announce the fifth Agile Open Toronto 2014 to be held at the Metro Hall in downtown Toronto.  This is an open space event that provides an opportunity for all participants to share ideas and learn from each other.  The conference is a safe place to engage the Agile community with current and diverse topics such as scaling Agile beyond the sandbox, solving complex problems using A3 thinking, building new features vs technical debt and automation test tools.  These are a few of the many sessions held at last years event.

We invite you to bring your own questions and ideas.  Interact with the community in a lively and engaging environment.  Come, share, engage and learn.

By popular vote, this years theme is The Future of Agile


 Why should I come?

  • Meet new people and network with other Agile enthusiasts in the GTA
  • Get a deeper understanding of Agile
  • Engage in a healthy debate about how to be effective with Agile
  • Share your experiences to help others, and get insights from the other participants
  • Connect with the local Agile community including ScrumMasters, Coaches and Trainers
  • Have fun!

How does Open Space work?

Open Space Technology is one way to enable all kinds of people to create inspired meetings and events. In Open Space meetings, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of strategic importance.

The common result is a powerful, effective connecting and strengthening of what's already happening in the GTA Agile community. For more information about how Open Space works, go and have a look at  AboutOpenSpace. You can also see photos and read about last years event. 


Agenda for the day

  • 09:00 AM     Coffee & Registration
  • 10:00 AM     Introduction to OpenSpace and start the morning sessions
  • 01:00 PM     Lunch & Networking (included with registration)
  • 02:00 PM     Start of the afternoon sessions
  • 05:00 PM     Close of Conference
  • 05:15 PM     Optional session at local drinking establishment


May 3rd, 2014 09:00 AM   through   05:00 PM


55 John Street
Metro Hall
Room 308/309
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

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The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch

Opening soon.


Interested in sponsoring the event?  Please send us an email at

Register now for Specification by Example Master Class (Oct 30th & 31st)

Serious about developing great software?

Learn how to reduce development cycle times, find out how to collaborate more efficiently with team members and discover how you can ensure quality software goes out the door.   

 Gojko Adzic is an award winning software development consultant and writer who has been helping businesses and teams around the world improve the quality of their software products and processes.

This will be his first appearance in Canada offering this highly sought after workshop.  

Who would benefit from taking this class? 

Product Owners, Software Developers, Business Analysts, UX/UI, Project Managers and Testers.

What will I learn?

  • How to run specification workshops to facilitate collaboration.

  • How to extend specifications with examples to create a single source of truth for testing and development.

  • How to avoid functional gaps and inconsistencies in specifications and tests.

  • Good practices for designing specifications with examples and acceptance tests for Agile teams.

  • How to create a living documentation system to facilitate change and improve your process long-term.

  • How other teams, from small web startups to large distributed teams in investment banks, apply specification by example in their contexts.

How long is it?

2 days.

When is it?

It’s right after the Toronto Agile Tour event.  October 30th through to October 31st.

Where is it?

Toronto Board of Trade (First Canadian Place 77 Adelaide Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5X 1C1).

Specification by Example Master Class with Gojko Adzic

We are pleased to announce that registration has now opened for the master class put on by keynote speaker, Gojko Adzic.  It is a 2 day event that will be held immediately after the conference, October 30th to 31st at the Toronto Board of Trade (First Canadian Place 77 Adelaide Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5X 1C1).

This will be an amazing learning experience, and an opportunity to discover new ways to communicate and work with teams, as well as and the business.  You can register now.

More About the Class

Specification by Example is the corner-stone of any successful testing and requirements strategy with Agile and Lean processes, such as Scrum, Extreme Programming and Kanban. This two day workshop teaches you how to apply ‘Specification by Example’ to bridge the communication gap between stakeholders and implementation teams, while building quality into software from the start, and designing, developing, and delivering systems fit for purpose.

Since 2007, approximately 4000 people have benefited from this workshop. Below is a selection of feedback from past participants:

  • “Very efficient and practical course. No dogmatism or philosophy. Built up on real life examples with useful real life exercises.” - Sergei Sergejev, Skype

  • “The best course I’ve attended in my career. I loved that the instructor challenged us to think for ourselves and did not give us the answers straight away.” - Trond Svensen, SITS

  • “Informative, to the point and loads of potential business value for my employer and clients.” -  Thomas Bakken, Consultant at Logica Norge AS

  • “I initially wanted to attend Gojko's course on Agile Acceptance Testing because I wanted to learn about test automation and how to do it well. As a product owner, I came to realise that I was going to have to change a lot of what I did. I needed to learn how to make requirements definite, unambiguous, atomic - not only so that they might be an input into an automation process but also because I want to create something the whole company can understand, something that is concise to read and something I can easily keep up to date.” - Patrick O'Malley, Product Manager, Yahoo Inc.

  • “Definitely worthwhile, particularly if product owners/internal clients are also involved.” - Will Thomas, Scrum Developer at UBS

  • “As a teacher, Gojko is one of the few that understand the power of teaching. It is all to seldom that someone with great familiarity of the solutions they teach also understand and listens to any other and novel problems someone share. It is hard to to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. But Gojko does this remarkably well.” -Gunnar Ahlberg, Avega Group

  • “Inspiring, changed my perspective, essential knowledge.” - John I. Hervik, Logica Norge AS

You Will Learn

The workshop is aimed at product owners, business analysts, developers and testers working primarily in an Agile or Lean environment. It is based on Gojko Adzic’s books Specification by Example and Bridging theCommunication Gap. Through facilitated exercises and discussion, you will learn:

  • How to extend specifications with examples to create a single source of truth for testing and development.

  • How to avoid functional gaps and inconsistencies in specifications and tests.

  • How to run specification workshops to facilitate collaboration.

  • Good practices for designing specifications with examples and acceptance tests for Agile teams.

  • How to create a living documentation system to facilitate change and improve your process long-term.

  • How other teams, from small web startups to large distributed teams in investment banks, apply specification by example in their contexts.

About the trainer/author

Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to improve the quality of their software products and processes. He specialises in Agile and Lean quality improvement, in particular Agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development. Gojko’s book Specification by Example was awarded the #2 spot on the top 100 Agile books for 2012 and won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential Agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK Agile award for the best online publication in 2010.

Please join the class and register.

Registration for Agile Tour 2013 Now Open

Registration for Agile Tour Toronto '13 in association with Berteig Consulting is now open.  


Be sure to secure your spot early - tickets sell out quick!    

Announcing the new Toronto Software Journeymen meetup group

The Toronto Agile Community wants you to know about the start of a new software craftsmanship group the Toronto Software Journeymen. They aim to provide a platform focusing on the craft of programming, spanning across languages and technologies.

Their inaugural event will feature a google hangout with J. B. Rainsberger on his top tricks of system design and be held at Bitmaker Labs (20 Duncan Street Suite 201, Toronto, ON) at 7pm on Tuesday September 24th.  Make sure to sign up for the event if you want to attend.

JB will share with us the fundamental guidelines/heuristics that he uses most often when designing systems. How to prioritize guidelines, considering exceptional cases and when do guidelines hurt more than they help.

They are also currently planning more events, join the meetup group to stay informed.

Call for Sessions Deadline Extension

You asked for an extension. We listened. The program proposal submission deadline has been extended to Friday, August 16, 2013. 

We've received some great submissions from local, well-known Agile practitioners covering a variety of relevant and exciting topics. Make sure to submit your submission before the deadline to collect feedback and perfect your presentation. 

Click here to submit you session proposal!