Micro Focus is now part of OpenText. Learn more >

You are here

You are here

The best agile and lean development conferences of 2022

Linda Rosencrance Freelance writer/editor
Woman in black rimmed glassed doing victory signs behind a computer display showing code

This year some organizers are holding their agile and lean development conferences in person, some are opting to present their events online, and still others are offering hybrid events.

Although the formats are different, all the conferences will bring together agile communities to share experiences and make new connections. At these events, you can learn about the latest practices, ideas, and strategies in agile software development from the world's leading experts and innovators.

Here is TechBeacon's shortlist of the most popular agile and lean software development conferences for 2022.


OOP 2022 Digital

Twitter: @oop_conference, #oopmuc
Web: oop-konferenz.de/oop-2022/startpage
Date: January 31–February 4
Location: Virtual
Cost: €695 to €795 (excluding VAT)

OOP bills itself as the conference for software architecture. The motto of this year's virtual event is "Back to the Future." Participants can experience OOP with all its practice-oriented content and interactive exchange in the comfort of their homes or home offices. Tracks include modern enterprise architecture, DevOps, testing and quality, and business agility.

Who should attend: Architects, analysts, software engineers, agile team members, agile coaches, Scrum masters, development and IT managers, directors, program managers, and developers



Twitter: @DeveloperWeek#DEVWEEK2022
Web: developerweek.com
Date: February 7–9
Location: Virtual
Cost: $100 to $1,195

Each year, DeveloperWeek welcomes over 8,000 developers, engineers, software architects, managers, and executives from more than 70 countries to discover the latest in developer technologies, languages, platforms, and tools.

Who should attend: Developers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists


DevOps Talk Conference

Twitter: @DevOpsTalks
Web: devops.talksplus.com/au/devops.html
Date: March 24–25
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cost: A$1,098.90 to A$1,399

This conference brings together DevOps leaders, engineers, and architects who are implementing DevOps principles and practices in both startups and leading enterprise companies. Attendees typically run technical and cultural DevOps complex transformation for large and medium organizations.

Who should attend: DevOps leaders, engineers, and architects

Agile Open Northwest 2022

Twitter: @aonw
Web: agileopennorthwest.org/
Date: March 28–30
Location: Virtual
Cost: $60

Agile Open Northwest is an annual conference about agile practices and techniques. Using Open Space, participants create the conference they want to attend. Attendees are invited to come prepared to share their latest ideas, challenges, hopes, experiences, and experiments. The conference is limited to fewer than 250 participants.

Who should attend: Experienced, collaborative, committed agile practitioners and learners, including developers, testers, and business people


Atlassian Team '22

Twitter: @Atlassian
Web: atlassian.com/company/events/team
Date: April 5–6
Location: In-person, April 5, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; virtual, April 6
Cost: In-person, $500 to $1,650; virtual, free

Team '22 is an event for modern teamwork. Attendees will explore the ways in which teamwork, humanity, and tech intersect and learn new techniques to unleash their teams' full potential. The event promises innovative digital and in-person experiences and will allow attendees to connect with one another and with Atlassian customers from across the globe.

Who should attend: Members of the Atlassian user and partner community, developers, creators, and innovators

DevOpsCon London

Twitter: @devops_con#DevOpsCon
Web: devopscon.io/london/devopscon-london-hybrid-edition/
Date: April 26–29
Location (hybrid): London, UK, and virtual
Cost: £512 to £1,529

This conference focuses on continuous delivery, microservices, containers, cloud, and lean business. Sessions cover topics such as CI/CD, cloud platforms and serverless, DevSecOps, and the Kubernetes ecosystem. In addition to the London conference, a sister event will be held in New York City, New York, USA, or online in the autumn.

Who should attend: Agile practitioners and learners, including developers, testers, and managers

Lean Agile Exchange

Twitter: @leanagilex, #leanagilex
Web: leanagileexchange.net
Date: April 27–28
Location: Virtual
Cost: £55 to £99 until January 28, with prices increasing as the event nears

Lean Agile Exchange offers a mixture of speakers, tutorials, live sessions, interactive group sessions, speaker Q&As, and the all-important hallway track. Participants will be encouraged to tackle new, challenging ideas and to share their knowledge with others.

Who should attend: Lean and agile practitioners


DevOps Enterprise Summit

Twitter: @ITRevDOES
Web: events.itrevolution.com/virtual/
Date: May 10–12
Location: Virtual
Cost: $450 (early-bird rate)

DevOps Enterprise Summit is more than just a conference about technical and architectural DevOps practices. The event also covers the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. The goal is to give leaders the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy software faster. Attendees can expect to see speakers from many large companies and also engage in ad hoc discussions within a community and learning environment.

Who should attend: Leaders of large, complex organizations implementing DevOps or agile principles and practices, developers, IT operations specialists, CxOs, software architects, and systems and network admins

ACE 2022

Twitter: @aceconf
Web: aceconf.com/home
Date: May 19–20
Location: Krakow, Poland, and virtual
Cost: Currently €320, with price increasing by €10 every time 10 tickets are sold

Organizers say this is the largest conference of its kind in Central Europe. In 2022, two conferences are being combined into one two-track forum. The "Building Better Software" track covers topics such as agile, lean, Scrum, and Kanban. A "Building Better Products" track is for anyone involved in creating products.

Who should attend: Agile, Scrum, and Kanban practitioners; product managers; UI and interaction designers; and UX researchers

Path to Agility Conference

Twitter: @cohaainfo
Web: thepathtoagility.com
Date: May 25–26
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Cost: TBD

At this conference, national and regional agile leaders provide information about a mix of business, technical, and management topics. Event organizers say that regardless of whether a conference-goer is well along the agile path or is just starting out, this forum will help guide them in the right direction. Session topics include realizing business agility with adaptive management, nitty-gritty practices of agile coaching, and documentation in agile development.

Who should attend: Agile team leaders and coaches, Scrum leaders, product managers, software engineers and architects, developers, and programmers


Agile Testing Days USA

Twitter: @AgileTDUSA
Web: agiletestingdays.us
Date: June 5–9 
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Cost: Conference, $995 to $2,095; conference and tutorials, $2,870 to $3,390; tutorials only, $875 to $1,395 (all prices are for super early-bird tickets, available until March 13; early-bird tickets will be available until May 1)

This conference is aimed at all software engineers and testing professionals. According to conference organizers, the forum offers a fun platform to connect and network with the agile community through tutorials, workshops, keynotes, talks, and social events.

Who should attend: Anyone involved with software testing, plus software architects, application developers, IT managers, CIOs, CTOs, and software engineers

Agile + DevOps West

Twitter: @TechWell#AgileDevOpsCon
Web: agiledevopswest.techwell.com
Date: June 12–17
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and virtual
Cost: TBD

Agile + DevOps West brings together practitioners seeking to accelerate the delivery of reliable, secure software applications. Attendees will hear how the practice of agile and DevOps brings cross-functional stakeholders together to deliver software with greater speed and agility while meeting quality and security demands. Participants will learn from industry experts how their organizations can leverage agile and DevOps concepts to improve deployment frequency and time to market, reduce lead time, and more successfully deliver stable new features.

Who should attend: Agile teams and leadership; digital transformation teams; automation, development, test, and release staff; product owners; and managers

XP 2022

Twitter: @XPConf#XP2022
Web: agilealliance.org/xp2022/
Date: June 13–17
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark (may change to virtual, if necessary)
Cost: TBD

This agile software development conference combines research and practice. It helps agile researchers, practitioners, thought leaders, coaches, and trainers get together to present and discuss their most recent innovations, research results, experiences, concerns, challenges, and trends. The theme of XP 2022 is "Agile in the Era of Hybrid Work."

Who should attend: Agile researchers, practitioners, coaches, managers, Scrum masters, and developers

Spinnaker Summit

Twitter: @SpinnakerSummit
Web: events.linuxfoundation.org/spinnaker-summit/
Date: TBD
Location (2021): Virtual
Cost (2021): Free to $50

This conference attracts worldwide users of Spinnaker, an open-source, multi-cloud, continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes. Spinnaker was created at Netflix and is used by Google, Armory, Box, Cisco, Samsung, and others around the globe. It combines a powerful and flexible pipeline management system with integrations to the major cloud providers.

Who should attend: Developers, architects, leaders, and anyone maintaining mission-critical applications


Agile 2022

Twitter: @AgileAlliance#Agile2022
Web: agilealliance.org/agile2022/
Date: July 18–22
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Cost: Non-members, $2,559; first 100 members who register early, $1,849; academic community, $1,499

Agile Alliance's annual conference is dedicated to exploring, innovating, and advancing agile values and principles, and creating a space for people and ideas to flourish. Join passionate agile advocates and implementers from around the world to learn about the latest practices, ideas, and strategies.

Who should attend: Software project managers, product owners, developers, testers, and anyone with a significant interest in agile practices


Agile Prague Conference

Twitter: @AgilePrague
Web: agileprague.com
Date: September 19–20
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Cost: TBD

The conference, which is conducted in English, is running in two parallel tracks over two days. Attendees can choose from a variety of talks for managers, Scrum masters, and product owners. In addition to talks, there will be several case-study presentations about agile adoption and practical workshops where attendees can try out agile practices.

Who should attend: Managers, Scrum masters, testers, developers, and product owners


Agile + DevOps East

Twitter: @TechWell#AgileDevEast
Web: adceast.techwell.com
Date: November 6–11
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Cost: TBD

Agile + DevOps conferences offer the latest in the methods, process, technology, tools, and leadership principles to help both newbies and seasoned pros deliver software with greater speed and agility while meeting quality and security demands. No matter your level of agile or DevOps adoption, you will find thought-provoking keynotes, deep-dive training classes, engaging tutorials, and session topics that will guide you.

Who should attend: Agile teams and leadership; digital transformation teams; automation, development, test, and release staff; product owners; and managers

Global Scrum Gathering Lisbon

Twitter: @ScrumAlliance
Web: scrumalliance.org/events/global-scrum-gathering/lisbon-2022
Date: November 17–19
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Cost: TBD

The event aims to provide Scrum practitioners with innovative and actionable information. Past forums have covered a mix of introductory and advanced topics and speakers have focused on how to amplify the benefits of scrum across all industries, with an emphasis on growth through shared knowledge.

Who should attend: Scrum and agile practitioners, agile enthusiasts, and business leaders and managers


That concludes our list. Note: Not all dates, locations, and pricing were available at publication time, especially for those events taking place later in the year. In those cases, we have provided historical information about the event to give you an idea of what to expect and what you'll get out of attending. 

Review the options and make your choices soon: Prices may vary based on how early you register. Also, remember that hotel and travel costs are generally separate from the conference pricing.

Keep learning

Read more articles about: App Dev & TestingAgile