There were a number of sessions at Agile 2010 focused on usability and user experience. Samantha Starmer from REI presented a session titled "Make stuff people can use" that provided practical advice and pragmatic ideas on bringing usability into agile projects, even when there isn't a usability expert as a member of the team.
The Agile 2010 conference was held in Orlando from 9-14 August. A number of commentators felt there were not enough sessions focused on the technical practices and programming techniques, including Bob Martin who twittered about the lack of technical sessions. This resulted in a number of responses and the announcement of plans to launch an XP Universe conference in 2011 targeting programmers.
On Tuesday afternoon the conference hosted an Industry Analyst round table to hear their take on the current state of Agile and where the industry is headed in the future. Jim Newkirk, chair of the Agile 2010 conference, led the questioning by asking the panel to introduce themselves and then to comment on the Top three things an organisation needs to do to ensure success in an Agile rollout.
The International Institute of Business Analysis announced the release of a first draft of the Introduction for the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge at Agile 2010 today. They are looking for participation and feedback from Agile practitioners and business analysis professionals.
Due to the flooding in Tennessee we have relocated the conference to Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. The conference dates will remain the same; scheduled for August 9 - 13th.
The Agile 2010 conference is taking place in Nashville this year and is gearing up and ready to go. This year the submission process is different, with a cap on the number of submissions and a shorter time window. The last day for submitting proposals for next year's conference is Friday, February 19.