Creating an Immersive Agile Training Space

I’ve been hinting about a new venture on Twitter, and it’s time to explain what’s going on.New Space

I’m in the process of opening a new office. Or rather, my company, Quality Tree Software, Inc. is opening a new space in our current building in Pleasanton, CA.

It’s 1200 square feet of open-layout-Agile-goodness. When it’s done, it will be outfitted in the spirit of the best Agile organizations I’ve seen. It will be one big wide open workspace with lots of natural light. We’ll fill it with modular furniture that will be able to accommodate a variety of uses.

FloorplanThe space is still under construction. So you’ll have to use your imagination to envision the finished space. But trust me. It will be cool. It will look like a well-appointed team room. There will be big whiteboards. There will be a big visible CI monitor. There will be a library. There will be a story wall. There will be big visible charts. There will be desks suitable for pairing. There will be comfy chairs. There will be index cards.

My intent is to create a training space that offers participants an immersive Agile experience. Just as I’ve recommended that people visit Pivotal Labs in San Francisco or Atomic Object in Grand Rapids or Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, I hope that others will be inspired to recommend that their friends and colleagues visit our new space to see what an Agile space feels like.

And because having this space means we have our very own dedicated venue, we’ll be able to offer beta-level, not-quite-ready-for-primetime classes at significantly reduced rates. And we’ll be able to experiment freely.

I’m already talking with other training providers about classes they might want to do in the space. Our intent is to host offerings from all sorts of folks. It’s kinda like having a performance venue showcasing awesome trainers and facilitators who are aligned with our values.

In that spirit, the vision is to create far more than “just” a great training space. I also hope that the space can become a kind of community hub. I want it to become the kind of place that people look forward to visiting just, well, because. Because it feels good to be there. Because it reminds them of what a living breathing team space feels like. So we plan to host community events like OSTATLI in the space. And I hope that the space will foster a community of practice for Agile trainers where we can share experiences and material, and collaborate to create better classes.

There’s still a lot more work to be done before we’re ready for visitors. We’re currently targeting an October opening. But construction delays could push that date back. I’ll post updates here, and pictures, as things progress.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider visiting us when the space is finished!