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Agile Day Riga
  • July 19-20, 2018
  • Radisson Blu Daugava
  • 250+ Participants
  • 20+ Speakers
  • 2 Awesome Days
Agile Day Riga 2018 preparation

Welcome to Agile Day Riga 2018

We are organising ADR, so that we together learn more of:

  • Thinking why over blindly copying what others are doing,
  • Focusing on mindset and culture over practices,
  • Building safety and trust over process and tools,
  • Working together over roles.
Join us and let’s enjoy!

Agile Latvia Team at ADR preparation

What is Agile Day Riga?

Our goal is to enable and nurture Agile and Lean community of people in Latvia for collaboration, information sharing, discussions, and, as an agile community, to enable self-organization. ADR is:

  • completely non-profit,
  • has sustained itself for over six years without any need of formal structures or management,
  • is all about practitioners people that actully work Agile and Lean,
  • since 2011, volunteers from the Agile Latvia network have organized annual (un-)conferences to meet old and new friends, to exchange opinions and learn or share.

Agile Day Riga
Open Space

What is Open Space?

It is an agenda-less event where people come together, create agenda under specific theme, and then learn from each other in small groups. Items in agenda can be anything: problems, situations, experiences, approaches, lectures, etc. related to the specific theme. Please take a read and watch couple of videos below to get you into the mood and ‘be prepared to be surprised’ on July 8!

You can find more details about Open Space format here.

What is Scrum Alliance User Group?

Training and certification is the initial step on your journey, but joining a user group is just as important. User groups help you stay current on best practices, share experiences and knowledge. You can also earn Category A or D SEUs toward your CSP certification through events organized by User Groups.

Official Scrum Alliance User Group
Agile Latvia

What is Agile Latvia?

Agile Latvia is a community with a goal to spread information about Agile practices amongst Latvian software development professionals and industry newcomers. Scrum Alliance User Groups number in the hundreds and are located around the world. Agile Latvia is the one near you and we are happy to help you!

Call For Speakers

Add your awesome session here!

You are welcome to participate as a speaker. The sessions can be conducted in any language known to the audience, however we recommend to use English. Note, that call for speakers will be closed on March 31. Please, note:

  • The organizers have the right to decline the speaker.
  • The organizers do not warrant refunding of travel expenses of the speakers.


Day 1

Agility in the face of Perplexity (10:00 - 11:00; Daugava 1+2)

Scrum was officially presented in 1995. In 2001, 17 software development leaders published the "Manifesto for Agile Software Development". Agile gradually started replacing the industrial way of thinking, with Scrum being the most adopted technique to achieve a higher state of agility. Today, 2018, the Agile paradigm is more needed than ever, to avoid complexity turning into perplexity. Gunther aspires disentangling the clew that ’Scrum’ and ‘Agile’ turned into and show the value and their originality. Gunther has considered what Agile means to him, what it is that makes Agile work, what it is that makes Scrum work, and will share his views on the future state of Scrum and Agile.

Gunther Verheyen

Gunther Verheyen

Gunther Verheyen (Belgium) is a longtime Scrum practitioner (2003). After a standing career as a consultant, he became partner to Ken Schwaber and Director of the Professional Scrum series at Scrum.org (2013-2016). Gunther nowadays engages with people and organizations as an independent Scrum Caretaker. In 2013 Gunther published the acclaimed book "Scrum - A Pocket Guide".

Have we lost the real meaning of Agile? (16:00 - 17:00; Daugava 1+2)

In this talk I will try to shed some light on the history of Agile. I was talking to Manifesto signatories reconstructing the talks they had about the deeper meaning of Agile and looking around 17 years later, I can say that we have lost the real meaning of this word. I want to share with you my findings about the What and about the How of Agile. We will be discussing three goals of Agility and talking about the reasons why different companies are starting on this path. I will tell you about a few wrong reasons and a couple of good ones. I will also answer the question many people are asking now: is Agile dead?, should we switch to building Real organisations instead?

Sergey Dmitriev

Sergey Dmitriev

Sergey Dmitriev (Russia) is an agile and scrum evangelist focused on improvement of business processes, modern approaches to management and strategy consulting. I can help your organization transform to agile or to improve your existing agile practices. I do executive and team coaching and workshop facilitation. My mission is to convince the World that traditional approach to managing knowledge workers is broken. I have diving as hobby. Interested in deep and wreck diving or a combination of both :) I am a father of 4 and a happy man.

Day 2

Unlocking Enlightening Conversations (09:30 - 10:15; Abava / Amata - 2nd floor)

In this highly-interactive session, participants will: Learn about "the nearest thing FBI negotiators have to a Jedi mind trick" for building trust quickly and easily Find out how to use this approach to develop psychological safety in working relationships, especially those which cross organisational and cultural boundaries Hear how it has been used to reduce conflict and misunderstandings while maintaining the creative tension that’s essential to innovation Experiment with the technique in a series of lightning - and enlightening - conversations Plan to apply all of this straight away, so that they get even better value from the rest of the conference.

Judy Rees

Judy Rees

Judy Rees (UK) works with senior leaders, operational managers, teams, coaches, and all kinds of "change professionals" to develop advanced communication skills. Her specialism is supporting highly intelligent and highly diverse teams to connect effectively, even when members rarely (or never) meet in person. As a former news journalist and media executive, she’s been working with geographically distributed teams since long before it became mainstream. Her approaches have been designed to be effective both in person and remotely, and many of her training workshops happen via video conference calls. She’s the co-author of the specialist bestseller Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds as well as a number of ebooks and online courses, including Virtual Leadership Secrets. She is based in London.