The LAST Conference is taking place in Canberra on September 14th, and if you’re in the vicinity then I highly recommend that you attend. Tickets are selling fast but they tell me that at the time of publishing this post, there are still some spaces available.

LAST Sydney was great

LAST is an acronym for (Lean Agile and Systems Thinking) and as you might expect with a name like that, the topics covered tend to be somewhat broader in scope than the topics which feature at other Agile conferences. I attended the LAST Conference in Sydney in July and found it covered some refreshingly different topics than say Agile Tour or Scrum Australia. Don’t get me wrong, those are both awesome events which I continue to attend, but after attending LAST I felt like I had spread my wings a little and taken a step into new territory.

In case you need more incentives, here are three four great reasons to attend LAST Canberra.

1. Variety of topics

I mentioned this earlier but it’s worth repeating, because LAST covers topics not just from Agile, but also from Lean and Systems Thinking, you’ll have numerous opportunities to learn new stuff from domains outside of the standard Agile/Scrum fare. So if you’re finding that Agile/Scrum conferences and meetups are becoming repetitive then this might just be the thing for you. Case in point, Norman Bodek, known as the “The Godfather of Lean”, will be dialing in from Seattle to give a presentation during the event.

2. Value for money

Tickets are less than $150 and that includes food and beverages throughout the day.  Amazingly cheap if you ask me.

3. Canberra is cool

Ok, maybe not Sydney cool, but seriously, Canberra can be a pretty cool place. If you haven’t been there for a while you might be surprised at how it’s changed. If you need further convincing then  one of the organisers, Alex Sloley, has blogged about why you should come to Canberra for LAST Canberra.  Apparently they have better coffee than Melbourne!

4. Community

The one thing that LAST does share with events list Agile Tour and Scrum Australia is that you have plenty of opportunities to interact with members of the community, including the presenters,  and to build new relationships.  Often this can be the most valuable part of the day.


So there you have it. Four great reasons to attend the LAST Conference in Canberra. Get your tickets now before they sell out.