Agile Conference forced to relocate
The Agile 2010 Conference, originally scheduled for Nashville, Tenn., has been moved due to severe flooding that has ravaged the city. The conference will now be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel in Orlando, Fla. The conference dates will remain the same (Aug. 9–13).

“With the uncertainty of when the Nashville facilities could be restored, we decided to relocate the Agile 2010 Conference to ensure we can accommodate the increased interest we have had from attendees,” explained James Newkirk, Agile 2010 Conference chair, in a written statement. “We are committed to providing the most compelling and practical sessions on agile software development principles and practices, and this move will ensure the conference will continue to provide an outstanding experience for all attendees.”

Business Briefs
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