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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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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!

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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


Thank you all for your votes.

Our theme this year will be the Future of Agile.

Don’t forget to register!

See you there!

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

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).