A Global Community
A Global Community
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.
Optional Day (rooms provided at no extra cost). Arrive early, explore the mountains, and the incredible scenery of Breckenridge.
Arrive and unpack. Relax - you're in the mountains! There will be 3 shuttles at various times of day going from Denver's airport to Breckenridge to help you arrive at our incredible house rentals. There will be a welcome dinner at the main house on French street, introducing you to the global community.
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 mountains. Following a hike through the Rockies, we'll have dinner and drinks in town.
Day Two: OpsConf continues with a full day of facilitated exercises lead by the Improv Effect. We have another catered lunch by our private chef at the main house 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 restaurant in town.
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 staying in incredible accommodations in downtown Breckenridge with a block of private homes reserved for our retreat. The mountain 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.
Each house on French Street has been chosen for its central location and 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.
We will have a private chef and unique meals hosted in a private setting - allowing us to continue discussions from the weekend in a personal and relaxed environment.
Come hungry for good food and new ideas.