Southern Fried Agile 2017

It's Gravy For
Your Brain

November 30, 2017 / Charlotte / North Carolina


Join the SFA family on November 30th for our 8th annual Southern Fried Agile Conference.  We look forward to seeing our committed SFA'ers and new comers at the Charlotte Convention Center!

Conference Hall

Our SFA family of Analyst, Developers, Executives, Scrum Masters, Coaches, and Teams are excited about the learning and collaborative opportunities afforded at SFA 2017 not to mention our traditional southern fried chicken lunch.... including other options as well. Join us and your agile colleagues for Southern Fried Agile 2017, November 30th at the Charlotte Convention Center! 

Team Chicken


Southern Fried Agile is planned, organized and run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers.  These team members put in countless hours to make SFA an event that engages, informs, and encourages those in and out of the agile community!  THANK YOU ALL!!!!


Keynote Speaker

  Rich Sheridan

Rich Sheridan

Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan had an all-consuming thought during a difficult mid-career in the chaotic technology industry ... Things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. His search led him to books, authors and history, including recalling childhood visits to Greenfield Village every summer. The excitement of the Edison Menlo Park New Jersey Lab served as his siren call to create a workplace filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity and productivity. 

Ultimately, Rich and his co-founder James Goebel invented their own company in 2001 to "end human suffering in the world as it relate to technology" by returning joy to one of the most unique endeavors mankind has ever undertaken: the invention of software. 

Their unique approach to custom software design, they named it High-tech Anthropology® has produced custom software that delights users rather than frustrating them. The programming team creates the software that works every day without the emergencies that are all too common in the tech industry. The process itself is so interesting that almost 4,000 people a year travel from around the world just to see how they do it. Many spend a week or more studying "The Menlo Way" being taught by the Menlonians who love to share their experience and knowledge.

In 2013, Rich and his publisher Penguin Random House took a chance that a business book with the words joy and love on the cover might have impact. They had no idea how the world yearned for such a message. His best selling book, Joy, Inc. - How We Built a Workplace People Love now has Rich traveling the world speaking about joy, creativity and human energy in the workplace

Session Speakers



SFA is held annually in beautiful Charlotte North Carolina. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center. As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, Charlotteans take advantage of the mild weather, diverse economy, and low cost of living. If, while attending the conference you have some extra time or, are just looking for a place to eat, check out the Charlotte tourism site for suggestions. 


November 30th, 2017
Registration & Breakfast start at 7:30am


Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Hotel Reservations

Westin Charlotte - Group rate available until November 16, 2017.  Subject to availability.


Thanks to everyone for making our conference a great success.
We look forward to seeing you on the 30th!

If you missed out on this year's conference but are interested in attending SFA next year, sign up to be notified of dates and registration information.



A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors. Without them, SFA wouldn't be possible. Please stop by their booths at the conference and say hi!



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