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Welcome to the Distributed Agile Worlds 2012 conference brought to you by Agile Dimensions LLC. This event is entirely online - no travel required. Yet you will hear from top industry leaders in the fields of distributed teamwork and education. Please visit our meetup site to register your attendance ( USD). This event supports virtualability.org, UW Avalumni, and Rockcliffe University Consortium. Learn more in our two minute video. Tweet us at #agileworlds12.
Remember to thank our sponsors: TEK Systems, Bevilledge, and Virtual Outworlding

Achtung! all times are listed in Eastern time - New York. Subtract 3 hours for Pacific, or add 6 for CET / Paris. - See you online!

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Tuesday, October 2


Tech Check

Come with us on a tour of each venue we will use for the conference.   This will allow prepeartion and reheral so you will be ready to learn when the speakers hold their sessions.  Come and debug any audio or tech problems you may have with our experienced staff.  We will visit each platform in turn.

Tuesday October 2, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Wednesday, October 3


Integrated Reality and Next Generation Virtual Worlds

Integrated Reality is an enhancement of knowledge sharing through the complementary use of different technological tools.  Examples of such tools include virtual worlds, augmented reality, the web and mobile devices.  Next Generation virtual worlds will be tightly coupled to many other emerging technologies, leveraging modern knowledge management processes and providing platforms for broad use among teachers and learners.  This presentation provides an overview of the basic concepts of Integrated Reality, including an in-depth look at the role of 3d simulations and virtual world platforms.  It will include a live tour of Jibe.


Enter at http://pathfinder.jibemix.com/jibe/agileworlds.html  or view the live web broadcast in your browser.

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John (Pathfinder) Lester

Chief Learning Officer, ReactionGrid Inc
John Lester is Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid, a software company developing 3D simulations and multiuser virtual world platforms. His primary focus is on collaborative learning and instructional design, working with academic and business clients to develop immersive education environments.

Wednesday October 3, 2012 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, October 4


3d Immersive - it's not your Mama's old technology

Bob Moir, CPF, teaches the art of facilitation and will share some of his insights with us.

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Janet Danforth

CPF, IAF Assessor, Facilitator 4 Hire
Your Instructors, Robert Moir, CPF, IAF Assessor, and Janet Danforth, CPF, IAF Assessor Instructors Janet Danforth and Robert Moir are pioneers in providing collaboration training and facilitation services in Agile project environments. They are partners in Facilitator4hire Inc., a 13-year-old company serving clients globally. Bob and Janet are pioneers in facilitation and collaboration training with avatars in 3D immersive spaces. Bob and... Read More →
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Bob Moir

Owner and Coach, Facilitator4hire Inc
Your Instructors, Robert Moir, CPF, IAF Assessor, and Janet Danforth, CPF, IAF Assessor Instructors Janet Danforth and Robert Moir are pioneers in providing collaboration training and facilitation services in Agile project environments. They are partners in Facilitator4hire Inc., a 13-year-old company serving clients globally. Bob and Janet are pioneers in facilitation and collaboration training with avatars in 3D immersive spaces. Bob and... Read More →

Thursday October 4, 2012 8:00pm - 9:00pm
VenueGen http://www.venuegen.com
Friday, October 5


Practices of a Great Product Owner

Arguably the most important role in a Scrum team is that of Product Owner. It’s also one of the most challenging. Part of that challenge comes from the agile community itself because the role has been so ill defined to-date. Most Product Owners are sort of thrown into a Scrum team with little guidance regarding the role and responsibilities.

Another part of the challenge is skill and time based. The role is nuanced and requires a broad set of skills and often more time than is available. However, the Product Owner must find a way to serve their team in driving product development.

In this session, Bob Galen will explore the practices and techniques, focus points, and patterns of a great Product Owner. One that serves their team well and effectively balances the demands of external stakeholders against the demands of their team. We’ll explore the dynamics of correctly defined Product Backlogs, establishing powerful Sprint Reviews, and explore approaches for creating a team-view towards filling all aspects of the Product Owner role. Finally we’ll examine how the Product Owner drives quality and value in meeting the teams’ commitments to the business.

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Bob Galen

Principle Agile Coach, Velocity Partners
Agile Evangelist & Coach – Velocity Partners - Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Evangelist at Velocity Partners, a leading agile nearshore development partner. He is also President and Agile Trainer & Coach at... Read More →

Friday October 5, 2012 7:00pm - 8:15pm
VenueGen http://www.venuegen.com


Accelerating Global Teamwork With Lightweight Tools

Global teams are today's reality. Follow-the-sun distributed teams bring a complex web of time zone tracking, communications complexity and coordination challenges. A blend of approaches and tools can unleash high performance teamwork across time and space. This session explores best practices that develop consistent, effective communication and dramatically improved results, in local, regional and globally distributed settings. 

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Joel Foner

Solutions Architect, Rally Software
Joel is a technical project manager, innovative problem solver, communicator and coach with an uncommon array of business, technology and consultative skills, as well as software development and technical sales support experience. | | His experience spans leadership of local and distributed teams, using Conventional (PMBOK/SDLC) and Agile Scrum project management approaches, in multiple areas of the information technology industry in face to... Read More →

Friday October 5, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
VenueGen http://www.venuegen.com
Saturday, October 6


Open Lightning Talks

Open Space discussion at a Europe friendly time.  Folks can come and discuss topics selected from Agile, communication tools, or soft skills.  For accsss click on http://join.me/agiledimensions and Bill will guide you into the venue!

Saturday October 6, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am


The Unitiated, Uninformed and Unwashed: Training Professional to Use Virtual Worlds as a Service Deliver Tool (from scratch)

Educators, Counselors, and other professionals are discovering virtual world environments as a platform to deliver services and content. The challenge for those who help organizations and individuals initiate these valuable activities is to show intelligent people how to use tools that can be very foreign to them (we aren't ALL gamers).

This presentation will be based on actual experiences of training staff members at various human services agencies to adopt and adapt to virtual world usage and will explore the challenges and victories that have occurred in several projects over the last few years.

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Dick Dillon

Founder and CEO, Innovaision, LLC
Five plus years active in Second Life, specifically with NonProfit Commons. I have won over $3 million in grant funding for a variety of virtual world-based counseling project. I formed Innovaision, LLC in November of 2011 to focus on assisting non-profits to adopt and utilize virtual world technology, and currently have nearly a dozen clients implementing 20 projects around the United States.

Saturday October 6, 2012 10:00am - 11:15am
3D-VirtualEvents http://us.3d-virtualevents.com/view.php?k=NTgx


Developing a Professional Image in a Virtual Community

Examine the importance of your professional image and personal brand
and learn strategies for using this authentic and transparent virtual
entity in new media formats to communicate, collaborate, create, and
share high quality content. Understand the impact of the digital
revolution on all aspects of our lives, as the presenters share
examples of unique individual online identities and a variety of
perspectives on learning, working, and developing both an identity,
meaningful relationships, and building effective teams in virtual

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Dr. Valerie Hill

Information Literacy Consultant, ALA VCL Member Interest Group
As a librarian and instructor of library and information science with a background in school librarianship, Dr. Hill researches new media in digital culture. Strong interest in information literacy, human-computer interaction, and emerging technology trends for the metamodern, particularly for youth. Background as a National Writing Trainer, specializing in connecting literature to writing. Research area is immersive learning in libraries and... Read More →
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Zinnia Zauber

Educator, unique as you
Zinnia is an artist, instructor, and superhero as an arts advocate promoting the importance of creative education and community participation in the arts that are active and inclusive. Owner / Artist

Saturday October 6, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
VenueGen http://www.venuegen.com


Location Inconsequence

Does distance mater?   Ideally, teams are co-located.  But in reality few are.  How do new tools help bridge the gap in distance?  Can they do more than just connect far away people?

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Julie LeMoine

Business & technology leader. Team builder in Advanced Information Technology, Collaboration, Security and Internet-based, solutions & commercial products including over 25 years of management, defining, architecting and delivery of "first -time ever" services/products to the Financial Industry, Government and Intelligence Agencies, NSA, and Fortune 100s. Serial entrepreneur. 2004 Mass High Tech/MIT Top 10 Woman to Watch in Technology and Science... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm


Collaboration Across Time Zones: The People Skills

How do you collaborate when you can’t see someone? When you’ve never met the other person? When you can’t tell if the other person is being sarcastic or nasty or has a strange sense of humor?

If you’ve ever worked on a geographically distributed team, you’ve wondered why the other person doesn’t appear to respond, or doesn’t appear to be listening to you, or doesn’t appear to understand you. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to matter what you say or how you say it, you say the wrong thing. Or, the other person does.

Can we solve this problem? We may not be able to solve this problem, but we have approaches for this problem, some of which might fit your situation. Johanna will provide several suggestions for overcoming the effects of distance on your collaboration skills.

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Johanna Rothman

President, Rothman Consulting
Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. | | Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of several books including: Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2012 2:00pm - 3:15pm


Where did we go wrong?

This seminar discusses the ways and means in which projects facing high levels of auditing oversight can do everything right and still get the project wrong. The objective of this session is to have senior executive sponsors of projects consider the ways and means by which project managers and staff may be blocked from accomplishing their roles and responsibilities. This seminar will further discuss alternative approaches to removing these roadblocks while continuing to maintain appropriate levels of auditability, monitoring, and control over the project. This session is for anyone responsible for sponsoring projects and is subject to a high degree of auditing as part of their operational practices such as Federal Government Departments.  

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Kevin Feenan, PMP

CEO, Knomaze Corp.
Kevin Feenan is the President of two separate corporations: Knomaze Corporation (incorporated Canada 1997) which provides IM/IT management consulting expertise to government and private industry; and Rockcliffe University Consortium (incorporated US/CA 2008) which provides education, research, and support services to educators and other educational institutions on the usage of 3D and other virtual collaborate environments for business and... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2012 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Rockcliffe-SL http://www.livestream.com/metaversetvbusiness