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A few days ago I had the great opportunity to facilitate a product box innovation game session with Yves Hanoulle at XP Days Benelux 2012.

The conference itself is a perfect place to meet and be inspired by experienced, enthusiastic and energetic people. After all, what else would draw ten people into a session which:

  • was the last session of a very long day
  • started after 20.30 and kept everyone till 22.00
  • required creativity, active participation and artistic expression
  • was an alternative to an agile quiz or hanging out at the bar
  • required putting up with two man with a dodgy moustache


Girls and boys, thank you so much for coming!

We have decided to run the session together as earlier this year Yves and I have had a chance to participate together in Luke Hohmann‘s innovations game training in London. We have also both used different Innovation Games ® in our work and found them a very useful tool.

Since it was the 10-years anniversary of the conference we have picked the product box activity and decided to focus it on the next 10 years. The task our participants faced was to build a box for an event they would pick out of the many other conferences on a shelf.

Lost of interesting, clever and unexpected ideas were put forward, some highlighted what’s already good about XP Days and some suggested changes going forward. Here is a rough cut of some of the things the product boxes for 2022 highlighted:

  • hands-on sessions
  • games (application, ideas, practice)
  • learning
  • networking
  • beer
  • code and more code (some suggested it will be viewed as a fun archaic artefact in 10 years)
  • software that makes the world a better place
  • software that help our planet stay green
  • included in the conference a day of free on-site coaching
  • held in space
  • in 2022 XP Days will be called “ex-XP days”
  • open to wider community (no longer mainly developers and coaches, for nerds and normal people)
  • more diversity among the participants
  • will leave the methodologies of today (eg. XP, Scrum, Kanban) behind
  • still good value for money
  • changing the world of work together
  • feed you brain

One of my favourite quotes was:

The XP Days conference is no longer a big-bang release once a year, it is now available on demand, every day, whenever you need it

I’m already looking forward to what will happen next.

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