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!

11 thoughts on “Creating an Immersive Agile Training Space

  1. Elisabeth,

    The pictures and plans look great. I do truly believe that an awe inspiring place of work creates awe inspiring work and creativity.

    I look forward to hearing about how you progress with your meetings and trainings.

    Shame Pleasanton, CA is so far away from Winchester, UK.



  2. I had a similar plan but you just didn’t have the plan. Credit goes to you for making it happen and I see this is your yet another cool contribution to the community of software professionals.

    If I happen to visit SFO, I’d sure want to visit this place. Great going. Also post the pictures once its built to completion.

  3. Looks very cool. And very good to see you invest in future. Some excellent teamspaces I have seen have fridge with drinks, decent coffeemaker, fuzzy pets, statues, nice posters…

    More pictures when it is ready, please.

  4. This looks totally awesome, Elisabeth! Congratulations on bringing your plan to action!

  5. Inspiring for sure, even to just see the incomplete floor plan. A certain personal challenge lies in getting others to understand all of this. Certain Agile concepts are seemingly incongruous with the way some people think.

    My own thoughts aside, really does look great.

  6. Elisabeth, I’m glad you made a decision and are going ahead with it. I know you’ll use it well and I can’t wait to participate in one of your sessions.


  7. Congratulations on the new space Elisabeth! It sounds wonderful and I hope to be able to visit and participate in another one of your fabulous training sessions!

  8. Elizabeth,
    This place seems destined to be an amazing resource for the SF Bay Area agile and IT community. Thanks for having the vision and commitment for making it happen!

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