Welcome to our new agile42 Event Space in Berlin
agile42 now offers training and meetings in its new cozy and flexible open space, right next to its Berlin headquarters
As an international company with plenty of internal get-togethers and trainings for our clients, we were always in need of meeting space, and we were no longer satisfied by generic hotel environments. We wanted to build our own Event Space that would truly combine our Agile work principles, mindset, and culture with the requirements of training, where we could meet and work ourselves as well as welcome training attendees and guest leadership teams. And we did just that, next to our global headquarters in Berlin.
We started off with an open space full of natural light. It had to be warm, open, and friendly to encourage communication, comfort, and a sense of home. An inviting space relaxes people, and relaxed people have an easier time talking, working, and learning together, which has a massive impact on both creativity and productivity. We chose to set up team tables that could combine in flexible ways, so that participants could arrange themselves in space, interact, and collaborate. We then filled the area with the tools of our work, making sure that plenty of whiteboards, flipcharts, pinboards, and individual writing material were available. This enables creativity and effective visualization. We, of course, made sure to provide sufficient WiFi and air conditioning for hot summer days. In addition to the main space, we created a more intimate extra room to be used for meeting and networking in different team configurations. Finally, we have a balcony and a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a 360-degree view on Berlin.
We fuel our meetings with pastries, snacks, and caffeine. These don’t just feed people’s brains but allow them to take breaks, socialize, and form relationships around the coffee machine. We also made the decision to act in as sustainable and environmentally-friendly a way as possible, so we exchanged disposable glasses and plastic bottles for actual glasses (with friendly individual tags!) and filtered water in glass jars.
So far, we have had the opportunity to test drive our new space with three events, two training courses (Advanced Agile Team Coaching Course, directed at those with some experience who want to take their coaching to a professional level, and the Certified Agile Leadership Program, which is designed to clarify the Agile values and Principles to any team leader) and our own internal Coach Camp. Until now we have received great feedback, even from our own hard-to-please coaches. As I write these words, the Certified ScrumMaster course is taking place, giving our space its final test in working for larger groups of people.
All in all, we don’t just provide a room with chairs, but we created an entire experience that matches our culture and methods, and we are happy and proud to share it. Our visitors can work in a new space and clear their head from old ideas, see things in new ways and become part of new networks, as well as take advantage of everything Berlin has to offer. We also hope that they can take some of the flexible innovative characteristics of the space back to their work environment and use them to support their internal Agile initiatives. It is not just open to our training participants, but to anyone who wants to use it, and hopefully be inspired by it. Just reach out to our friendly Office for any questions!