AG Conf 8

AGConf[8]

AgileBits Conference Travel Badge 2018

One of the many highlights of a job at AgileBits is our annual meetup, AGConf. Held in February, but anticipated year round, it’s a chance for the entire AgileBits family to get together and share a week of work and fun. For AGConf[8] this year, we sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, stopping at Costa Maya and Cozumel along the way.

New Friends 🎉

If you’ve read any of our previous AGConf blog posts, you’ll have seen that a common theme throughout is the growing size of our company. There was no sign of slowing over the last year, and in fact, I’m one of the new ones myself! It’s worth pointing out that most of us new ‘Bits were new to cruising, too – that explains the excited faces.

In fact, I remember a comment on our post last year, where a customer asked if we’d rented the entire ship to ourselves. We’re still not able to fill the 4,370 guest capacity, but we are getting closer every time. As long as we keep the family feeling that I love, new ‘Bits are certainly welcome!

Saying Hello 👋

AGConf[8] started on land for most of us. Since lots of ‘Bits work remotely, this involved travel from all over the world. After arriving, we checked Slack (which we use to communicate) for ‘Bits nearby. Very quickly, we were sharing breakfast and dinner, getting to know each other, and dreaming of the week to come.

Twelve stories up 🛳

As the morning sun rose the next day, ‘Bits staying in hotels around the port began heading to the ship. After handing our bags to the porters, we all moved towards deck 12, which appealed to us because of both the sun and drinks on offer. Once everyone had arrived, we took a team photo, had dinner, and finally went to the welcome party downstairs.

Off to work ✉

Keeping our customers happy is always a priority! Each morning, we made sure to reply to as many of you as possible – the entire AgileBits team were in the dining room sending help from sea. Being able to research answers by walking up to the right person and asking them face to face was a real luxury, and it definitely felt surreal.

There were also exciting meetings to be had, where we received support tips from Dene, and security lessons from Goldberg himself. We even looked back at 2017 and into the future. I am personally very excited about what’s to come, and I can’t wait to be able to share the details.

Brett’s the spy 🕵️‍♂️

As the cruise continued, there was lots of time for fun! I really enjoyed playing board games with the team, and Resistance was a popular choice (a game where the good guys work to identify a secret group of spies). Other cruise pastimes included karaoke, mini golf, and Isha’s scavenger hunt which I really want next year!

Fun away from the ship ☀

While there was plenty to do on the ship, there was no shortage of shore excursions on offer either! I remember the ziplining most fondly, along with the taco that I enjoyed at the beach. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, though, as I’d be here forever if I went through the adventure of choice for each Bit.

Sending birthday wishes 🎂

The final day of AGConf[8] overlapped with our Minister of Magic’s birthday. I’m glad it worked out that way – two birthday cakes were presented, and I can say with certainty that the chocolate one was delicious! Happy Birthday once again, Sara, and thanks for organising what I’d call the trip of a lifetime if I wasn’t already excited for AGConf[9].

2 replies
  1. Jeffrey Goldberg
    Jeffrey Goldberg says:

    Because we were at Sea, I preferred to refer to the event as “*(AGConf + 8)”, but somehow that didn’t catch on.

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  2. Oliver Dunk
    Oliver Dunk says:

    So many memories came flooding back to me as I wrote this! You may have noticed Brett’s name mentioned in one of the headers, and there’s a story behind that: he’s an extremely good liar and we lost a game of Resistance because I put way too much trust into him…

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