You’re in Ops. You’ve spent years as a founder, as a partner, a change agent, a heavy lifter, an executor, and a mentor. You have your hands in everything and you carry the weight of your organization. But you don’t have to do it alone. You're invited to be part of a small, hand selected group of individuals to join our global retreat and create something big.
You are concerned about recruiting, about staffing, and utilization and forecasting. You want to grow your people and execute for your clients. You keep the lights on and make the whole organization hum. Yet, it’s funny that the role that is so integral to the organization’s success rarely gets the opportunity to pair and collaborate with their peers, the way developers do. The Ops Conf Retreat will help build connections, share insights, and provide a support network for those who share similar goals, have similar values, and tackle the same tough obstacles in our industry.
We will facilitate the Ops Conf retreat as an “unconference”, allowing you flexibility to explore topics of interest, whether they be sales, staffing, organizational growth, adaptive leadership, career development, or whatever else you may bring to the table.
See the proposed schedule for the 2017 retreat below.
In addition to the unconference, we will facilitate a few key sessions to harness the creativity of this group. We’ll discuss better ways to manage stress and become more adaptive problem solvers; capable of creating, innovating, and working quickly under conditions of great uncertainty.
Fly in (Phoenix most likely) and drive to Sedona. Arrive and unpack in time for our welcome dinner in the Canyon.
Relax - you're in Sedona! In keeping with our Walkshop tradition, we will arrange for a hike on our first day to stretch our legs and explore the new environment. The West Fork Trail is semi-shaded by trees and towering canyon walls, making it a perfect 7 mile hike to avoid the heat of the Arizona sun. Following a day on the trail - we'll return to the camp ground for dinner as a group.
Day One: OpsConf traditionally starts with "OopsConf" - a celebration of your biggest mistake since the last retreat. It is a half day facilitated working session with a catered lunch by our private chef at the main house.
We'll leave early in the afternoon to head out into the desert. Following this adventure, we'll have dinner and drinks in Sedona.
Day Two: OpsConf continues with a full day of facilitated exercises. We have another catered lunch at our private campground with an Unconf style workshop to explore various topics in the afternoon. We'll conclude with our traditional "formal dinner" - a chance to get dressed up and enjoy a nice meal together.
Travel day. Go home loaded with new ideas and new connections!
The Ops Conf community has served as both support and inspiration for some of the best leaders in the software industry. Together, we have collaborated on new innovations, supported each other through role transitions, and provided advice as companies have grown, changed, and turned over.
"I really appreciate a conference that centers around the consulting industry, which is not the general focus at tech conferences. I was able to collaborate and compare notes with other people in this sector and have been keeping in touch with other attendees ever since. I'm excited to go back for this year!"
"It is an amazing experience to meet with other like minded people working to solve similar problems. I learned so much from each person and laid the foundation for lasting friendships. It was very well done. I look forward to going again."
"OpsConf was a wonderful opportunity to brainstorm with leaders of like minded consultancies, work through business challenges together, and forge bonds that will lead to future collaboration."
"The best part of any conference is the chance to forge strong connections with the people that have walked a similar path to your own. You're lucky to make one of those at any given conference. At OpsConf, I walked away with at least five of them, plus a network of people that I've kept in touch with to talk about successes, challenges, and failures throughout the year."
We will be taking over a private campground where each person will have their own cabin and solitude. The desert canyon setting, our accommodations, and our private dining experiences have all been chosen to encourage quiet spaces, a contemplative environment, and a free flowing exchange of ideas. During the retreat, we will have private tours through the desert, exploring canyons by foot, and the night sky with professional stargazers.
The private setting has been chosen for its ability to foster collaborative interactions during the retreat. Use this time to break away from your normal setting and interact with others in this group.
Each morning you will wake up to a private picnic basket prepared just for you. We will have catered meals for lunch onsite and unique meals hosted in a private setting for each dinner - allowing us to continue discussions from the weekend in a personal and relaxed environment. Come hungry for good food and new ideas.