The Agile Alliance have recently launched a new Learning Center, with the highlight at launch being the availability of keynotes and selected presentations from the Agile 2011 conference.
A brief summary and overview of the Agile 2011 conference held in Salt Lake City from 8-12 August. This article lists the key facts about the conference and identifies some of the highlights for this reporter. Future articles will expand on the content of a number of the talks.
The program and structure for Agile 2011 has been announced. The conference runs in Salt Lake City on 8-12 August. There are over 200 sessions across 17 stages, in addition to the keynotes and special events. For the first time there is an Executive Forum running in parallel with the conference, aimed at senior executives helping organizations adopt and scale Agile methodologies.
The Agile 2011 organizers have announced the keynote speakers for the conference being held in August at Salt Lake City. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Kevin Henney and Linda Rising will deliver keynote talks with three distinctly different focuses.
The Agile 2011 conference organizers have announced that 16 of the 17 original authors of the Agile Manifesto will be reunited at the conference in August to answer questions and share their insights. Signatories will take the stage at a special event on the Monday evening and be available in the Open Jam area over the five days of the conference.
The final date for session proposals for the Agile 2011 conference is February 14, 2011. With less than one week left now is the time put the finishing touches on proposals and get them into the submission system.
The Working with Customers stage at Agile 2011 is looking for stories and submissions from customers of agile teams. The stage explores the interactions between the customer community and Agile development teams, focusing on the non-technology functions as well as the Agile development teams themselves. In this item the stage producers answer questions and appeal to real world customers.
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.
One area of the Agile ecosystem that is gaining traction these days is Agile user groups. This year, established groups are growing, and new groups are forming. Established groups are taking shots at larger conference-style events. The Scrum Alliance has a new user-group community liaison. It appears that user groups are starting to play in influential role in the worldwide Agile community.
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.
A personal time management approach known as "The Pomodoro Technique" is becoming quite popular with agile practitioners. Pomodoro includes a number of practices similar to those used by an agile team: time-boxing, frequent opportunities to inspect-and-adapt, estimation, a preference for low-tech tools, and an emphasis on maintaining a sustainable pace.