21 wrz 2009

Agileee retrospective

This post is in english, since the conference was mainly in english (and maybe some agileeestas would like to read it.)

So, the conference was simply great. Maybe not perfect, but great.
I even had a little influence on its shape by having a talk there (the slides are here...)

So let me summarise it:

WHAT WAS GOOD:
  • venue
  • lunch
  • keynotes (Jutta Eckstein with her 'distributed agile' talk - have heard her already twice with a similar subject before, but there's always something new; David Hussman with a really touching closing talk underlining how important it is to follow what you believe in)
  • many talks
  • speaker's night out (and I thought that Poles drink a lot...)
  • lots of nice, clever and experienced people
  • ratio: cost / value 


WHAT COULD BE BETTER:
  • coffee and water not always available 
  • some talks really for agile-beginners (maybe there should be some 'experience level' mark by each talk, so that you go to the level you're at)
  • stage in Russian (I mean I could be better and speak Russian, there must have been a lot of valueable stuff, otherwise unavailable for a non-ex-soviet-country guy)


PLANS TO HAVE A BETTER AGILEEE IN FUTURE:
  • learn Russian
  • don't loose the conference schedule and read in advance where you plan to go to
  • meet even more people on corridors


So in total I'd say 8/10 (just to leave the organisers some place for kaizen...)
I really hope to be there next year, and wish it to you all!

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