Important Dates

May 25th (new)
Papers due
May 25th
Shepherding starts
Jul 10th
Shepherding Recommendations Due
Jul 20th
Notification of Acceptance
Aug 3rd
Conference Draft Due
Aug 20th
Early Registration ends
August 27
August 24-28
Agile 2009 days
August 28
First Day of PLoP

Pre-PLoP Bootcamp

PLoP has a special pre-conference session aimed at people new to patterns, led by Bob Hanmer and Linda Rising.

The BootCamp will be held on August 27, 2009 at Depaul University's downtown Loop Campus (map) at 1 East Jackson.

BootCamp Registration fees

Description Fee
BootCamp USD $200

Registration fees will be processed upon receipt.

The BootCamp fee covers events specific to the PLoP BootCamp, not events related to PLoP or AGILE.

  • A few snacks, and beverages
  • Not Covered: Hotel accomodations

Hotel Accomodations & Travel

Hotel Accomodations

The BootCamp will be held at Depaul University's downtown Loop Campus (map) at 1 East Jackson, approximately a mile away from the conference hotel. Attendees can choose to stay in the Hyatt Regency or find other accomodations. We've included the Hyatt Regency information below.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is the official hotel for Agile 2009 Conference a special rate [$199/night] is being offered to all attendees of the Agile 2009 Conference. We encourage all to book your hotel rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of this great rate. *To book your conference reservation at the Hyatt Regency Chicago - Click HERE

BootCamp Info

The PLoP experience provides something different, but needed, in the patterns community — a "bootcamp" for newcomers.

The session will provide an introduction to patterns — a training, mentoring, experiencing activity, where participants will be immersed in patterns and emerge with an enlarged perspective, their first pattern, and an ability to get more out of all PLoP conferences.

Writing your own first pattern is extremely important, since there is no better way to learn what patterns are all about!

The presentation format consists of a variety of lecture, discussion, group pattern writing, game playing, and writers' workshop - not necessarily in that order.

The only requirements are an open mind, ready to absorb the patterns experience, and an idea for a pattern you will craft at this pre-PLoP session.

Who Should Attend

The ideal attendee would have an interest in patterns, have an idea for a pattern that they want to write. The tutorial will benefit anyone participating in the PLoP conference.


  • Become part of the patterns community.
  • Understand how good patterns are structured.
  • See a variety of pattern formats and understand the trade-offs between the alternatives.
  • Become comfortable with patterns reading and writing and, if you should decide to attend PLoP, have a better understanding of what goes on at the conference.


Bob Hanmer, Alcatel-Lucent: Robert S. Hanmer is a Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent. His work has included development, architecture and evaluation of highly reliable systems for the telephone network, especially in the areas of reliability and performance. He has also been active in the software patterns community since the mid-1990's, writing patterns and organizing pattern conferences. He has authored or co-authored 14 journal articles and book chapters. He has been introducing newcomers to patterns and to writing patterns since 1995.

Linda Rising, Independent Consultant: Linda Rising is an independent consultant in the areas of agile techniques, retrospectives, patterns, and organizational change. She is very active in the pattern and agile communities. She has authored or co-authored four books and countless journal articles and book chapters. She has been teaching patterns and pattern writing since the mid-1990's.


Space is limited, so please register early.