Impressions of Agile2013
[amazon asin=”B000R4LGMA” template=”simpleimage”] “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” —Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full Of Sky
I just came back from the Agile2013 conference in Nashville, full of ideas and connections. This is a first set of impressions… For more pictures, see my full album on G+ (about 50 images).
[amazon asin=”9082056909″ template=”simpleimage”] Commitment by Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary was the book hit of the conference. My personal recommendation: best business novel since the goal, best management book of recent years. Funny, tense, pragmatic stuff you can use, great imagery (yes, it is a graphic novel). Olav and I were mistaken for one another a few times, which was funny too: he got acknowledged for Temenos, I got for the book. Good that the German translation is almost done, then I’ll be able to claim at least some contribution:-)
Monday started for me with the Real Options with Trust session I developed and hosted with Steve Holyer. Two key points in that session: Imagine something serendipitous that recently happened. How would that have been improved by planning? And: look at your options for a hard decision you’re facing? How do options change when you imagine you could fully trust everyone involved? Feedback was great, we all learned a lot!
I’m grateful for the appreciation and acknowledgement I got.
Our Speed Temenos session went really well. After about 20 minutes, when the story telling was not finished after the timebox, Michael asked how much more time participants needed. Someone shouted from the back, “we’ll stay late! just give more time!”
Leankit threw a huge party on a bridge downtown. Loved it. Sold & ran my first personal coaching session there (yes, during the party). Overall Michael and I did four sessions helping coachees with a clean slate during the conference. Thank you!
One thing concerned me quite substantially: the ever increasing presence of vendors and their models. A friend said, “we started this movement to get rid of stuff like that.” I couldn’t agree more. Will blog about that separately.
What were your experiences? What did you learn, what did you love?.