bpmCamp is Back!

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Scott Francis

bpmCampis back, and it is coming to Austin, Texas!? We're very proud to announce that we're holding the second bpmCamp here in Austin.? Time is short - only 52 days until the event starts!? It is an aggressive time frame but with urgency comes creativity.? Following is the F.A.Q. with all the most important questions addressed.


Why bpmCamp?

We really think the BPM community/ecosystem needs events like this to foster growth, success, and maturity.? We believe maturity requires:

  • technical breadth and depth
  • project methodologies to support the roll-out of processes and improvements to those processes
  • process improvement techniques and strategies that can actually be implemented and maintained in BPM suites

Also, we actually want to learn something new.? When we get the right? practitioners in a room, we?re going to learn from them, and help propagate those best practices into the BPM ecosystem.? We?re also going to share what we know from prior experience directly with the conference.? This cross-pollination is good for everyone. Finally, we decided to put action behind our words.? We?ve long agitated politely for more tactical, focused topics at BPM conferences, but we?ve reached the point where it is time for us to contribute back to the community by creating an intimate event that fosters that kind of discussion.

When is bpmCamp?

We?ve selected a date for the Austin bpmCamp:? October 14-15, 2010. Mark your calendars. We hope to host additional bpmCamp events in the future.? The first was at Stanford. This one, in Austin, should be special because of its proximity to ground zero of the Lombardi ecosystem (Lombardi's headquarters was Austin, and IBM has a very large operation in Austin, including the Lombardi team).? It is also the headquarters of BP3. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact us at: bpmCamp at? bp-3.com

How Much Does it Cost to Attend?

bpmCamp Austin does not benefit from the free space that Stanford provided to the inaugural event.? Still, we've managed to find an affordable venue with great food, and therefore the impact on event costs was reasonable.? We're charging $150 to attend the two-day conference (early-bird) from now until September 17, 2010.? Regular pricing will be $200 -? and the last day to register is October 7, 2010.

How Do I Register for bpmCamp?

Please go to:? http://bpmcampaustin.eventbrite.com/to register! ( Early Bird Rates apply until January 1, 2010).

Where is bpmCamp Austin? Who is hosting?

Having the right host for any activity is a plus.? And having the right setting can really frame an event and set a backdrop for a good collaborative and rejuvenating experience.? BP3 will be the hosts for the event.? We've been working with BPM and Lombardi's products for more than 7 years, and we're looking forward to hosting the kind of informal conferences we always wanted to attend, right here in our home town. We're having our bpmCamp 2010 @ Austin event at III Forks Austin - one of Austin's finest restaurants, but also a space that has a great historical Austin vibe to it, even while housed inside one of the more modern "Austin Architecture" buildings in town. ? Importantly there is a lot of informal gathering space available, as well as a main room and at least two break-out rooms. III forks has been great collaborating menu options and space with us.? We'll be a stone's throw from Town Lake (aka Lake Lady Bird), right across the street from City Hall, and within walking distance of many restaurants and other venues.? Austin itself is home to Lombardi, and the base of operations for Lombardi as a part of the larger IBM campus here.

Travel Logistics

Please refer back to this page for travel logistics.

Where is the Landing Page?

UPDATED:? www.bpmCamp.org

Who?s Invited to bpmCamp?

The goal is to have a high-quality gathering of people who know the products well and are looking to collaborate and exchange ideas with peers and colleagues.? We?re inviting customer / users of Lombardi products (Teamworks/Lombardi Edition and Blueprint) who participate in deployments to attend, and we?re extending an invitation to IBM/Lombardi to participate as well.? If you?re a Lombardi or bp3 partner interested in attending/sponsoring the unconference / bpmCamp, please reach out to us at the email address below (there are limited sponsorship slots).? If you?re an analyst or blogger and you think bpmCamp would benefit from your attendance, contact us.? If you don?t fit any of the above descriptions but still want to attend, drop us a line with your thoughts.? All attendees will need to register, once the registration site goes live.? If you?re interested in receiving an invitation to register, send us email at the bpmCamp email address.

How do I Contact the Organizers?

The best way is via the bpmCamp email address: bpmcamp at? bp-3.com

I want to Sponsor bpmCamp ? how can I help?

If you think your organization would be interested in being a sponsor for bpmCamp, please contact us at the above email address and let us know you?re interested.? Please respect that we are keeping sponsorships limited to prevent over-commercializing and to make sure the sponsorship is worth something.

What will bpmCamp Cover?

We will beat the drum for topics and themes that we think will resonate.? However, we want this conference to cover topics that YOU care about.? In particular, we want to crowd-source topics for the event so that we can make sure we cover topics that attendees really care about.? The expectation is that the setting will be ripe for interaction among attendees during the sessions ? that very few of the sessions will be presentation form rather than a loosely-moderated-discussion format.? However, we think it likely that attendees will be interested in a keynote address or two with Q&A to follow.? What kinds of things are fair game, you may be asking?? How about:

  • Building Teamworks Coaches with YUI or GWT?
  • Actual use of Optimizer in the wild?
  • How to make Teamworks scale Really Big?
  • Design reviews of actual Teamworks Processes?
  • Making my Waterfall organization more Agile/Iterative?
  • Tools for managing BPM projects (something better than MS Project??)
  • Incorporating A/B testing into my process
  • How much requirements gathering is too much?

We?ll have room for breakout sessions to accommodate more than one interest at a time. Go HERE to add your ideas to the Agenda Wiki.

Who is Coming?

We?ll release information about attendees and speakers as we get closer to the event date.? Expect the bp3 team to be there!

Why focus on a single vendor? Why not another BPM product? Is this a Lombardi- or IBM-sponsored Event?

In short, we want the specificity and detail that we can get from a single-vendor conference, but the independence of a crowdsourced event.? bpmCamp isn?t sponsored nor endorsed by Lombardi.?? We chose Lombardi Edition and BPM Blueprint because it is the BPM suite, and community, that we have the most extensive contacts with (and because we had already decided that a single-vendor conference could be interesting). While we?ve worked with other tools and vendors, our network is not as deep in those communities.? If you work with another software vendor or geographic location and you?d like our help to run a similar event with you, get in touch with us, perhaps we can help.

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