Agile Portugal 2016

Open Discussion Space

OpenSpace is the energy of a good coffee break, with a flexible structure, where last minute, new creative ideas that otherwise wouldn’t be on the program to be worked on by all types of agile enthusiasts, in a format that allows deeper consideration of an issue than a typical 20 minutes talk session.

Inspired by open space technology, these sessions will provide a live and flexible place to share questions, talk to the experts, demonstrate software and techniques, and experiment with agile practices and ideas. Participants will define the sessions during the conference, you together with other participants, based on the common passion and commitment to make a session happen — it’s your opportunity to discuss the topics that you care about.

Bring your ideas, issues, questions, and make your own session! (go here)


We will be prepared to have 4 sessions of 30min each, running in 4 different co-located spaces, i.e. a total of 16 sessions.
Sessions will be reported here by their organizers.


In 1985, Harrison Owen organized The Third Annual International Symposium on Organization Transformation in a very different way. Harrison claims people have been meeting this way as long as there have been people on earth, though many would say that the minimal structure Harrison added is essential, just the minimal structure provided by a wiki is essential. In a wiki, automatic linking is one of those pieces of structure, for example. In Open Space, the time grid on the wall is perhaps essential.

The Four Principles

  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
  • Whoever comes is the right people.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • When it’s over, it’s over.

The One Law

  • The Law of Two Feet (or the Law of Mobility)

See also – Harrison Owen’s site – worldwide practitioner’s site
Chris Corrigan’s Open Space Resources
Amazon listing for Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide – Lisa Heft’s site – find a facilitator near you