In 2012 we held the first LAST (Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking) Conference, in Melbourne, Australia. Over time, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide joined in as well.
The experience at these events is focused on meaningful interactions, and learning by collaboration and connectedness with other participants. This worked well for us, but we started thinking about people who for a variety of reasons, can’t physically be at one of our conferences.
LAST Anywhere was born. It started with a collaboration with Product Management expert, John Cutler. He ran a very well-received online workshop with us, mid-2019.
We were set to expand on this in 2020, so with the onset of the COVID-19 situation, in March 2020, we rapidly expanded the LAST Anywhere programme. Between March and June 2020, we held around 25 non-paywalled talks, and around 10 longer format workshops, with the aim of providing a place to keep learning and developing professional knowledge and skills while not being able to physically meet.
Presenters have been in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, USA, and Canada. Hundreds of attendees have joined from North and South America, Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand.
The Clubhouse takes a new approach to the future of LAST. We are trying to explore new opportunities, as well as helping people to maintain connections and make new ones. Co-Founder, Ed Wong explains it more fully in this blog post.
The Clubhouse will take elements from the Conferences, and Anywhere to hopefully provide a valuable service to LAST community in the coming months.
LAST Conferences were founded in Melbourne by members of the agile meetup community. A group of them formed Tabar (a word that is a type of tribal unit) and today Tabar is the main organiser of LAST Conference Melbourne, 1st Conferences in Adelaide and Melbourne and Spark the Change Melbourne. They support local organisers in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra with their versions of LAST Conference.
Tabar has worked with people such as Jurgen Appelo, Alistair Cockburn, Lisette Sutherland, Bas Vodde, Joanne Molesky and more, to support their training courses in Australia and have them speak. Other high profile names to be involved are Dr Peter Senge, Norman Bodek, Kriti Sharma, and Professor Henry Mintzberg.
They have actively supported local meetup groups and the Flying Robot School charity.
You can find out more on the Tabar website.