VRM West Coast Workshop 2009

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The first ProjectVRM West Coast Workshop (tag vrm2009) will take place on Friday-Saturday 15-16 May, 2009 at SAP Labs at 1410 Hillview Street in Palo Alto. The event will go from 9am to roughly 5pm on both days.

As with earlier VRM gatherings, the purpose of the workshop is to bring people together and make progress on any number of VRM topics and projects. The workshop will be run as an "unconference" on the open space model, which means session topics will be chosen by participants. Here is the Wikipedia page on open space.

In open space there are no speakers or panels -- just participants, gathered to get work done and enjoy doing it. Participation includes contributing to the VRM West Coast Workshop 2009 wiki.


The workshop is free. You can register through this EventBrite link. Feel free to also add your name to the VRM West Coast Workshop 2009 Attendees list.

The EventBrite link above caps attendance at 100. SAP is prepared for 50-70, however. So register early. - Doc

Agenda/Session topics

This is a live agenda. The canonical copy will be on the wall at the workshop.

Session 1

Session 2

  • A: Getting rid of those tick-boxes....
  • B:
  • C:
  • D:

Session 3

Session 4

Day 2

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

  • A:
  • B:

Session 8

  • B:

Session 9:

  • A:


Friday May 15

Morning Refreshments - 8:30

Opening 9-11

  • TBD (will involve brief reports from various VRM projects)

Sessions 11-4:30

  • 11-11:30 Agenda Making
  • 11:30-11:45 Lunch, which will be provided by SAP
  • 11:45 - 12:45 - Session 1
  • 1:00-2:00 Session 2
  • 2:15-3:15 Session 3
  • 3:30-4:30 Session 4

Sessions reporting to the group, 4:30-5:30

In open space workshops, topics are suggested by participants in the Agenda making session, which is attended by everybody. Participants write the title of their topic on a sheet of paper with a bold marker, add their name, then describe the topic to the group and post it on a large "spreadsheet" of times and session locations, a blackboard in the front of Pound 101, which will be our main room.

One person in each session will take notes, either directly (or eventually) on the workshop wiki. At the end of each day somebody from each discussion session will report progress to the group.

7:00PM: Non-hosted Dinner

  • Location: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Attendees (please add your name here if you plan to attend so we can get reservations):

Saturday May 16

Morning Refreshments - 8:30 (Open. We provide this ourselves. How to do this is TBD.)

Opening group gathering (adding or moving sessions, reports of insights from yesterday) - 8:30-9:00

Sessions: 9am-4pm

  • 9:00-10:00 Session 5
  • 10:10-11:10 Session 6
  • 11:20-12:30 Session 7
  • 12:30-1:45 LUNCH - TBD
  • 1:45-2:45 Session 7
  • 3:00-4:00 Session 8

Closing session, summarizing both days, personal comments, more - 4:00-5:30


We have a large room on the main floor at SAP. There will be breakout spaces. These are TBD.

If we need additional small session spaces, there are outdoor and patio areas available as well. There will be wi-fi. Bring extra power strips just in case we need them.

Possible Topics

There are many. Here is a list to get us started. Add or subtract whatever you like...

Getting There

SAP Labs is a beautiful facility with plenty of parking in the hills of southwest Palo Alto. A map is here.

Those with cars, offering carpool possibilities, add to the list here:

Participation over the Net

Streams will be set up.

We also have an IRC channel via Freenode, at #VRM.