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 enhance agility across a whole company.

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Adapt and stay relevant. Australian businesses are adopting new ways of working, with Organisational Agility at the heart of it. 1st will help you find the bridge to organisational and personal agility.

Enhanced format. A mixture of talks and workshops, across the two days, continues our commitment to enhancing organisational agility and promoting deeper understanding. 
Fantastic venue: the amazing Storey Hall at RMIT University.
Numbers are limited, for a, community-based, learning experience.
Commitment to diversity of speakers and facilitators

Speakers and Facilitators

Local and international experts

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

Each day there will 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.

The lineup is hand picked from our Australian and overseas network of agile experts. 

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The Heart of Agile


In 2017, we became the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to be structured around Alistair Cockburn's Heart of Agile framework. In 2018, we seek to continue this relationship with one of the original signatories to the Agile Manifesto. The pillars of the Heart of Agile are "Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect and Improve", and these will remain the foundation of the 1st Conference experience.

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

Key enhancements in 2018


Curators of 1st Conference 2018 are Kelsey van Haaster and Craig Brown, who said:

In designing 1st Conference 2018, 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 tech 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 include more diverse people in our lineup.

Support Deep Learning

Companies who support 1st Conference via Sponsorship, are showing their support for the tech inclined, business community in Australia. It's an ideal showcase for you to:

  • Communicate the achievements in your organisation that stem from being working with increased organisational agility

  • Connect with the best minds about the way the world of work is changing in the the 21st Century

  • Raise awareness of your brand with the agile community

  • Connect with members from leading companies and organisations who have moved or are planning to move into agile ways of working

  • Discover high quality people who want to join your organisation

  • Showcase your product or service.

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 - February 2018

Registration is coming soon.

Storey Hall


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.