Jim Highsmith and I decided in autumn 2001 to create an agile conference for all roles, all methodologies (“big tent”). At the time, there was only the annual XP conference, which was programmer-centric, XP-only. We set June 2003, Salt Lake City, as the date and place.
Todd Little offered to help us shortly thereafter, and was instrumental in making the 2003 and 2004 conferences a success.
Here is a video of his fun description of orchestrating the creation of what is called the “big agile conference”, now up to 2,500 people.
enjoy the video.