This post was originally published on TechBeacon on 16 February 2017. We’ve shortened the post to include only the “must-attend” conferences for simplicity. Read the rest of the original post to find out more.

Agile sounds great in theory, with its promise to accelerate development, increase software quality, and foster collaboration among team members. But actually implementing and executing agile methodologies in your organization requires training and experience.

That’s where the top agile conferences listed here come into play. Whether you’re a software engineer, IT operations professional, architect, or business stakeholder, you’ll find something in these conferences for you.

As with DevOps, the agile devil is in the details

Agile development methods have risen in popularity over the past 15 years. And the related, and sometimes overlapping practices associated with DevOps, lean, continuous delivery, and other practices have put agile into a broader context.

Agile seeks “early and continuous delivery” of software, welcomes requests for changes, requires daily collaboration between business people and developers, promotes simplicity, values an iterative approach, and preaches constant communication among all involved in a project. Noble goals. But achieving them can be a challenge, especially for development teams that have been using the waterfall method for many years.

That’s why it can be valuable to hear peers in other organizations describe how they approached the shift, what worked, what didn’t, and what lessons and best practices they learned along the way.

This year’s must-attend list of agile conferences is based on those events with highest growth in interest year-over-year.

Agile Alliance Agile2017
Date: August 7-11

Agile2017 will mark the 16th year that Agile Alliance has hosted this international conference. After last year’s sell-out, registration is being capped this year at 2,500 attendees.

With attendees from 40 countries in 2016, organizers claim this is the world’s largest agile conference. There’ll be more 250 agile sessions at this year’s conference, as well as keynote speeches and a many social and networking events.

Who should attend: Software project managers, product owners, practitioners

Agile and Beyond
Date: May 4-5
Location: Eagle Crest Conference Center and Resort, Ypsilanti, Michigan

The all-volunteer AgileAndBeyond conference organizing committee says they’re dedicated to bringing the best speakers and topics to the world of product development in the Midwest. The conference attracts around 700 agile enthusiasts, and sells out consistently. Headliners at this year’s conference include Mike Cottmeyer, who will be talking about The Executive’s Step-by-Step Guide to Leading a Large-Scale Agile Enterprise Transformation, and consultant Tom Churchwell.

Who should attend: Designers, developers, and executives interested in lean and agile

Agile Dev West
Date:June 4-9
Location: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Agile Dev East
Date: Nov. 5-10
Location: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

First held in 2007, Agile Dev focuses on the latest agile methods, tools, and principles with keynotes, case study sessions, technical sessions, tutorials, networking events, and conference classes. It also has a veddor expo floor.

This conference is aimed at both new and experienced agile practitioners. As noted on the Agile Dev website, “Whether you’re new to the agile process and need to get up to speed quickly, or you’re experienced and ready to take your team or organization to the next level, our hands-on, in-depth workshops have you covered. Plus, all Agile Dev Conferences are held in conjunction with Better Software Conferences and DevOps Conferences, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs.”

In other words, a ticket for Agile Dev East or West gives the attendee access to two other TechWell conferences happening there at the same time.

Who should attend: Software developers, product owners, scrum masters, QA professionals, and others interested in agile development techniques.

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