The splendid Seattle springtime weather may have made it more appealing to take a hike or soak up some rays on a Thursday afternoon, but a packed house of people turned out for AgilePalooza Seattle to enjoy a fun and informative day.
AgilePalooza Seattle started with an outstanding keynote from Dave Hussman, or ‘The Dude,’ as he’s known in Agile circles. Dave got everyone thinking with his deep, philosophical but actionable talk, titled: “What if? – An Exploration of What’s Possible, What’s Not and Why.”
Tricia Broderick broke the ice on the Planning Track with an inspirational talk: “Myths of Coaching and Mentoring.” Her perspectives on how to be a leader in the ‘every day’ were on target.
Kevin Klinemeier brought his technical chops to the event with two talks. He kicked off the Practicing Agile track with “Acceptance Test Driven Development with Cucumber” and later with “Elements of Design for Testability, Agility.” The message was loud and clear: if your Agile team doesn’t have a consistent, scalable approach to testing, your future will be rough.
Agile Transformation’s Richard Dolman dissected an often-ignored topic: Agile and the customer. At the end of the day, the customer is the only thing that matters. His talk: “If Agile is about focusing on the customers, why are we still ignoring them?” certainly made many in the room nervous about the mistakes that are much too common today when attempting to deliver value to customers.
Solutions IQ’s Michael Tardiff jumped into the agile estimation debate that’s raging today with: “Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Estimate: Real-World Approaches to Estimation Without Tears.” He presented some real-world examples of agile estimation techniques that can work for you and your team.
The lunch hour gave the group a few choices: lunch, network or continue the learning with a few VersionOne-specific sessions. Len Lagestee, Agile coach from Redpoint Technologies, shared his tremendous success working with VersionOne while at Cars.com. He spoke about the challenges that Cars.com faced with their Agile adoption, why they needed an Agile tool, and why they selected VersionOne. Thank you, Len, for a superb discussion.
The lunch hour learning time ended with a short, but sweet product overview by Victor Hernandez, VersionOne product specialist. Victor was able to share just enough of the product to show its breadth and depth.
The executive Q and A panel concluded the day. The group of experts triggered audience discussion and answered questions such as:
- What’s the difference between Scrum and Kanban?
- How does one handle testing with an offshore Agile team?
- How can we fix the problem of a team putting the ‘tenets and principles of Agile’ before communication and collaboration?
Thank you, Seattle for an exceptional event. We look forward to returning to the beautiful Pacific Northwest soon.
The AgilePalooza 2013 train takes a breather for the summer, but stay tuned for two exciting events this fall in Columbus, OH and Austin, TX.