Agile Bengaluru 2010

31 01 2010

Its been a week since agile bengaluru 2010. It was a really nice experience to meet J. B. Rainsberger, Jeff Patton, David Hussman, Naresh Jain and many more people all in one place. I liked the venue even though there was no wifi :P. More than anything else I really appreciate the “go green” theme. This is not a complete experience report, apologies for my laziness when comes to writing long posts.

Being a “Post Agile Conference”,  most topics were aimed at reflecting on how agile has helped us in the past and where are we going. Below are some of the sessions that I enjoyed.

Discovery and Delivery – Redesigning agility – Keynote by David Hussman. A great start to the conference.

Monkey See Monkey Do – by Naresh Jain and Sandeep Shetty – A very interesting talk that looked at some of the agile practices that have become dogma. It would have been great if we had some more time.

Outside the code – Using agile practices to drive product success – by Jeff Patton – It was nice to hear about the “Discovery” part of the agile software development. Go check out the slides.

Using Theory of Constraint and Just in time approach to coach agile teams – a workshop by J. B. Rainsberger and Naresh Jain.

Stop it or I will Bury you alive in a box – by J. B. Rainsberger – J.B. spoke about the 10 things we should stop doing in 2010.

Captain planet (Saurabh Arora) talks – Very inspiring talk on global warming. Keep up the good work dude.

Apart from this I got an opportunity to talk to Jeff Patton some time between the sessions. Spoke about how words like requirements, customers etc do not go well with software development.

I had to rush before all the lightning talks got over. Managed to listen to a some talks like “Agile Deployment”. Just before I left I spoke about “Developer + Tester + Operations = DevTestOps”.

Programming with the stars – A very entertaining session. The participants had to impress the audience to get selected to the next round. The winners would pair four accomplished developers (stars) and come up with a five minute coding exercise that they have to present to a panel of judges (J. B. Rainsberger, Jeff Patton). Very entertaining. Really appreciate the participants and the stars for live coding in front of a sizable audience. The winners got a life time e-learning license from Industrial Logic.

Last but not the least enjoyed speaking about Breaking the monotony with Sai Venkat. Liked the way the talk went. Agility we seek is from the code we write and systems we build and not just from processes and practices we follow. This was the theme of our talk. Got great constructive feedback from the audience.

The conference ended with an open Q and A session.

Kudos to the organizers. The slides are available and the videos should be available soon.

Looking forward to see if we can get the Dogma out of agile and build great software. Feel free to add any comments about topics that I have miss out.