For people who want a deeper understanding of how to bring the principles of Agility to their wider organisation. 1st Conference’s talks and workshops will provide ideas and practical methods you can use to enable cultural agility across the entire organisation.

Why come to 1st Conference?

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⬆︎ READ the 1 page pdf summary for 1st Conf 2019

⬆︎ READ the 1 page pdf summary for 1st Conf 2019

Adapt and stay relevant. Australian businesses are adopting new ways of working. The true benefits are unlocked by creating the conditions for all parts of an organisation; Finance, HR, Marketing, Sales and Technology etc. to enable cultural agility. 1st will help you find the bridge to organisational and personal agility.

Format. A mixture of talks and workshops, across the two days, continues our commitment to enhancing organisational agility and promoting deeper understanding. 

Venue: the amazing Storey Hall at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Numbers are limited, for a, community-based, learning experience.

Commitment to diversity of speakers and facilitators

1st Conference is a 2 day, curated learning experience about adopting agile ways of working. You can interact with international speakers, local thought leaders and peers from the community.

Key Outcomes

  • Make sense of agility, and how it can work for you

  • Share your experiences in adopting agile ways of working throughout the whole organisation

  • Hear about the success and failure stories from other leaders and people in organisations and situations just like yours

  • See how agile is more than just a tool for Software Development

  • Understand what “good looks like”, in terms of organisational agility, on an international and local level.

Key Benefits

  • Come up to speed with agile’s impact on the workforce and position yourself as a leader in your field

  • A fully curated learning experience, designed to expand understanding about key components of agility

  • Be inspired and take away techniques from experts

  • A chance for you to network and share your experiences with peers

  • Return to your workplace with a clear idea of how you can improve its agility.

View a 1 page PDF Summary of 1st Conference 2019.

Speakers and Facilitators


Lisette Sutherland

Do you face challenges working with colleagues and teams who you are not co-located with?

Perhaps you want to attract and attain the best people, no matter where they are in the world?

Visiting us from the Netherlands, Lisette is a leading international expert on Remote teams and collaboration. She‘s a keynote speaker at 1st Conference, and will also be running extra Work Together Anywhere workshops.

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Jordana Patterson

Compelling, real stories about how organisations are adopting agile principles and practices, is one of 1st Conference’s goals.

We are very excited for Jordana to share her experiences working at Australia’s largest international aid organisation, and enabling agile ways of working in their marketing department, and beyond, with us.


Local and international experts

Since 2015, 1st Conference has welcomed experts such as Alistair Cockburn, Jurgen Appelo, Joanne Molesky, Ben Linders and Ange Ferguson to our lineup. The full lineup is hand picked from our Australian and overseas network of agile experts.

Each day there will a mix of talks and workshops, with the aim to inspire and educate. Take the concepts you hear about, and reinforce this with practical techniques you can use right away.

The Heart of Agile

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In 2017, we became the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to be structured around Alistair Cockburn's Heart of Agile framework. In 2019, we continue to frame the event around the pillars of the Heart of Agile; "Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect and Improve".

Agile has become overly decorated. Let’s scrape away those decorations for a minute, and get back to the center of agile.
— Alistair Cockburn,  original signatory to the Agile Manifesto

Key enhancements in 2019


The Content Curators of 1st Conference 2019 are Kelsey van Haaster and Craig Brown, who say:

In designing 1st Conference 2019, we want to:

Iterate with the format
…we were first event in the Southern Hemisphere to be based upon the “Heart of Agile” concept. It seeks to get back to the roots of what Agile is really all about and is the result of decades of experience that Dr Cockburn has, working with organisations and teams who want to find better ways to work. 

Create meaningful Learning Opportunities and deeper understanding
1st Conf will run over two days and is designed to be an experience for delegates to cover the Heart of Agile of concepts of Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect and Improve. With top class experts from overseas and also from our region.

Each day will seek to deepen understanding through both talks and a series of practical workshops. The workshops will teach practical techniques that attendees can take back to their workplaces and put to immediate use.   

Support diversity.
We as organisers, support diversity in conferences and we commit to enhance the diversity of speakers and workshop facilitators. In 2017, the majority of presenters and facilitators were female. As well as gender diversity, we want to keep reflecting the community that we serve and be diverse and inclusive. You can find our Code of Conduct, here.

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1st Insights

Articles and interviews, by and with the people involved with 1st Conference.


Venue - RMIT Storey Hall, Building 16, 336-348 Swanston St, Melbourne
Date - 28 February & 1 March 2019

Early Bird Registration is now open!

Storey Hall

1st Conference is proud to be supported by RMIT University and happy to return to RMIT's Storey Hall. We appreciate the support of RMIT Organisational Development, IT, Venue Booking and Storey Hall management for their help in the lead up to 1st Conference.


The organisers of 1st Conference acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which the event is held, the Wurundjeri people, and their Elders past and present. We are honoured to recognise the connection to Wurundjeri Country, history, culture and spirituality, and respect the Elders and Ancestors of these lands.

First built as the Hibernian Hall, the building was renamed in 1959 to honour two members of the Storey family with close links to RMIT. Sir John Storey Senior, a pioneer of Australia’s automotive and aircraft industries, was Melbourne Technical College Vice President 1944-1945. His son, John Storey Junior, was a former Student Representative Council president.

It was remodelled as the iconic Storey Hall in 1995, when it received an ultra-modern extension, featuring geometric-shaped windows and tiles. While the remodelling preserved the original, heritage-protected building, the extension includes references to Melbourne’s architectural past, while showing what can be done with modern design and architectural techniques and technology.

The building is now home to the RMIT Gallery and includes a large auditorium and function space. It was originally built for the Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society in 1887 – and the extensive use of green in the extension’s exterior references that Irish heritage.