Agile 2009 Reflections

Posted by ESCOZ on Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Agile 2009, the largest conference about Agile software development in the world. Here are some of the highlights for me:

  • The quality of the speakers was amazing. From Alistair Cockburn's keynote, to presentations from J.B. Rainsberger, James Shore, Brian Marick to David Hussman (winner of the pask award), this was the first conference that I've been to which I cannot name a single bad session I attended.
  • Helping Glenn Bernsohn present the Agile Lego Game was a lot of fun. We had around 40 people in the room and, as usual, everybody enjoyed the game and learned a lot.
  • The off-session conversations in the corridor with all thevery experienced coaches/developers was really a lot of fun. I can't really put the names of all the people I've met here, but you know who you are!
  • ~2000 lines of notes collected during these 5 days.
  • The PMI institute participation in this year's conference. Jesse Fewell's humble request for help from the Agile community to spread the word to PMI practicioneers was a mind opener for me.
  • The high amount of User Experience (UX) presentations in this years conference confirms to me that I'm not the only one working on projects with high impedance between UI and Development.

I can only really name one bad thing from the conference: the fact the the wireless network was not working and AT&T had no signal make it simply impossible to have an online conversation with other members of the conference. The twitter screen was amazingly slow during the entire event.

Overall, the most important item in the event was not the location, or the food, or the presentations. It was all the really good people who was there and all the really good conversation hapenning all around. The Agile community really is passionate about its craft and full of smart and interesting people, and Agile 2009 demonstrated that one more time. Individuals and interactions: isn’t this what we value the most, after all?