I delayed last week’s Carnival to allow me to cover all the interesting Agile 2007 Wrap ups that are out there. As many bloggers have noted the overwhelming theme seems to have been: Scaling and Distributed Agile/Lean.
After reading for an hour I can’t find any great ordering or sets of themes so instead I will put these out in the order I found them:
Mishkin Berteig summarizes and comments on Mary’s great talk: Agile 2007 Conference Notes – Mary Poppendieck on Leadership.
Ben Carey (TheSherpaProject) wrote Agile 2007 – Parting Thoughts. Ben and I will differ when it comes to the conference organization. I think the food was better than suggests – I also know that the organizers opted not to give out bottled water to avoid waste. Instead glasses and either jugs or coolers of water were everywhere.
Tony Baer (CBR Online) wrote Agile 2007: Agile practices travel full circle. Tony talks about the Agile practices moving from IT back to manufacturing. May we continue to learn from each other.
Jack Ganssle (Embedded.com) wrote: Agile 2007 catered mostly to PC types, but some embedded heads showed up.
Alan Ridlehoover wrote: Agile 2007: The First Thing to Build – Trust on Agile Teams for Alan the stand out point of Diana’s session: Individuation. Individuation is the process of getting to know someone as a person, finding out what differentiates them as an individual. Without individuation, all you have to judge someone are the stereotypes and prejudices that you carry with you. (And, I with me.) In order to truly trust someone, you must get to know them personally. Great reminder – I was in the same session and needed to be reminded of this point.
Pete Behrens wrote: Agile Transformation @ Salesforce.com – I had the privilege of hearing Steve speak during Pete’s session. What an amazing story – think of a large successful Big Bang rollout and you will get the idea. My hat goes off to Steve, Chris and Pete (who coached them).
Michael Maximilien has written an entry about his paper: A Longitudinal Study of the Use of Test-Driven Development Practice in Industry. He claims to have proven the value of TDD over a long period of time and also in reducing complexity.
Naresh Jain is Honored to receive the 2007 Gordon Pask award. Naresh remarks on how Richard Stallman has inspired his work in the Agile world.
Johanna Rothman Is the Question You Asked What the Candidate Heard?
From the mock objects blog: AtomicObject use mocks for Embedded C
Brian Lyons: Shu-Ha-Ri: Learn Detach Transcend
Brian Marick: Pask Award 2007 (plus a surprise)
Jason Gorman gently pokes Ron Hulen in Agile 2007 Fun with Statistics. Basically Jason’s just because everyone at the conference has worked on an Agile project doesn’t mean its reached the mainstream (in my mind >25% market share). However from a small informal survey I did asking people what they noticed in their city or market niche. In some cities and some markets Agile is now mainstream. For what its worth I think Ron was really only saying that he was pleasantly surprised at the knowledge of his fellow attendees.
Luke Hohmann (whose picture needs updating) complains of “Business Value” buzzword bingo. He suggests that we’re far too complacent. Basically just because its in your backlog doesn’t mean it delivers value.
In Agile Model Evolution David Anderson challenges to think about what we’ve learned in the six years since the manifesto was written. Are there missing clauses? David would highlight Trust and Teams.
Amanda Wilson brings a “newbies” perspective to the conference.
SDTimes has a podcast that mentions the conference. I don’t have the time for podcasts so your mileage may vary.
Ade Miller says: “If you’re not in the team room, you’re not on the team”.
Ken Clyne asks “Are you Stonecutter or a Cathedral builder?”.
Ken Judy picks up a remark Ken Schabwer made in “Women & Agile Programming“
Someone at Software Integrity posted some interesting observations on “Benefits of Pair Programming”. Added bonus – Uncle Bob chimes in with an excellent comment that basically says if pair programming isn’t being widely adopted as the Sr. Programmers why not. Where the lead most others will happily follow.
Finally try my own humble efforts – only two and half days covered so far: “Why I don’t like Monday’s” – Agile 2007 Day 1, Agile Transitional Leadership and Value Stream Mapping – Agile 2007 Day 2, Test Driven Development for Large Scale GUIs Agile 2007. More to come including coverage of Jeff Sutherland’s talk, Mary Poppendieck’s energizing talk and discovery sessions on Distributed Planning and Distributed Teams.
Ok I’m exhausted. Time to do the dishes.
Update: I found a few more interesting posts.