Balanced Team is Coming to Grand Rapids in 2015


Update February 2015: Tickets for the event are now on sale! Early bird tickets are available through mid-February; standard tickets will be available after that. Please visit the Balanced Team 2015 Grand Rapids website for more information. We’re excited you’ll be joining us. See you soon!

Many teams and organizations struggle with the question, “How can creative teams work together to produce valuable, validated outcomes in an environment of extreme uncertainty?” This is a tough question — and surely has no single answer — but it’s one that the Balanced Team group has been addressing head-on since 2009 through meetups, mailing lists, and conference presentations.

Balanced Team events have been held in New York, Boulder, Austin, and San Francisco in the last few years, and now it’s coming back to Grand Rapids. Brittany Hunter, Gail Swanson, Rick Harlow, Lane Halley, and I are excited to announce a Grand Rapids Balanced Team Summit on June 13 and 14, 2015!

We’ll be gathering around 100 multidisciplinary software practitioners with traditional design, business, and engineering backgrounds for two days of talks, fishbowls, and workshops. We’ll again be tackling the above question.


What is Balanced Team?

The Balanced Team website includes an excellent summary of the group:

Balanced Team is a global movement of people who value multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery focused on customer value as a source for innovation. We’re a self-organizing group that learns from each other as we explore processes and methodologies to do good work with happy teams. We welcome people who wear many hats (design, development, testing, product management, marketing and sales, to name a few).

If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, Devops, Customer Development – and anything else that values multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery of value – we hope you will join the conversation!

More information:

What We Need from You

We’ve got two immediate questions for anyone who’s interested in participating:

  1. Is June 13 and 14, 2015 in hard conflict with any other significant events?
  2. What theme(s) would you like to explore during the summit? What tough questions and challenges would you like to pose to the group?

If you have any feedback for the conference committee, please leave a comment here, at the Balanced Team Summit announcement page, or on the Balanced Team mailing list.

Atomic has been involved with the group since its origins — starting in 2009 — and we are pleased the group will be meeting in Grand Rapids once again! See you in June 2015!


Edit February 1, 2015 : updated committee member names and links; website links. Added note about ticket sales opening up and link to the website.