Thinking Agile, Being Agile

For people who want a deeper understanding of the benefits that working with greater Agility can bring to their organisation. Be 1st’s talks and workshops will provide ideas and practical methods you can use right away.

Want to see the lineup? The speaker/facilitator page has bios, details of the sessions and a schedule grid.

Why come to Be 1st?

Adapt and stay relevant. Australian businesses are adopting new ways of working. Be 1st will help you achieve greater organisational and personal agility.

Inaugural event in Adelaide. Since 2015, 1st Conference has been bringing learning to the Australian agile community. Now, it's Adelaide's turn to join in.

A mixture of talks and short workshops, will give inspiration and practical ideas to use in your workplace.

Great venue: the fantastic Tonsley Innovation precinct.

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

Be 1st is a one day, curated learning experience about adopting agile ways of working. You can interact with expert 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 others; 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

  • Don't just "Do Agile", understand the principles and follow it up with techniques you can add to your toolkit

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

  • A 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.

Speakers and Facilitators

Local and international experts

Since 2015, 1st Conference in Melbourne has been delighted to welcome experts such as Alistair Cockburn, Jurgen Appelo, Ben Linders and Ange Ferguson to our lineup. 

Be 1st Adelaide will consist of a mix of talks and workshops, with the aim to support Deep Learning by taking the concepts you hear about and reinforcing them with practical techniques you can use right away.

Joanne Molesky (co-author of  Lean Enterprise) and Nigel Dalton (Chief Inventor at REA Group) will join the rest of the lineup, hand picked from our Australian and overseas network of agile experts, as well as from members of the Adelaide scene.

Our Workshop facilitators include Kelsey Van Haaster, Identity Product Owner and resident Okta Certified Administrator for the ThoughtWorks' global identity team and Frank Vassallo, Agile Practice Lead with SAWater.

JOanne MOlesky

JOanne MOlesky

Kelsey van haaster

Kelsey van haaster

NIgel Dalton

NIgel Dalton

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frank vassallo

Above - View video highlights from 1st Conf MEL 2017

The Heart of Agile

In 2017, 1st Conference became the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to be structured around Alistair Cockburn's Heart of Agile framework. For Be1st Adelaide, we will continue to use the pillars of the Heart of Agile, "Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect and Improve", as a reference point.

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
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Supporting diversity.
We as organisers, support diversity in tech and we commit to enhance the diversity of speakers and workshop facilitators. At our 2017 and Feb 2018 events, the majority of presenters and facilitators were female. As well as gender diversity, we want to keep reflecting the community that we serve and include more diverse people in our lineup.


Please contact us if you would like to support Be1st and the Adelaide Agile Community.

Headline partner

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Careers

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Careers

University partner

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Community partner




Venue - Tonsley Innovation Precinct, 1284 South Rd, Clovelly Park SA 5042
Date - 23 November 2018

Location and Travel details


1st Conference is proud to be supported by Flinders University and happy to be at Tonsley. We appreciate the support of Flinders University staff management for their help in the lead up to Be1st Adelaide.

Tonsley is Australia’s first innovation district. It is a project that is intrinsic to the State’s economic development as it transitions to a high value industrial base that is underpinned by innovation and collaboration. The vision was to create an operating environment — a precinct — that would assist SA businesses in their move up the value chain and into global markets.