My Agile 2015 Roundup

Agile 2015 was the week of Aug 3-7 this year. It was a great week. Here are the links to my interviews and talks. Interview with Dave Prior. We spoke about agile programs, continuous planning, and how you might use certifications. I made a little joke about measurement. Interview with Paul DuPuy of SolutionsIQ. We also spoke about agile programs. Paul had some interesting questions, one of which I was not prepared for. That’s okay. I answered it anyway. The slides from Scaling Agile Projects to Programs: Networks of Autonomy, Collaboration and Exploration. At some point, the Agile Alliance will post the video of this on their site. The slides from my workshop Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport. Because it was a workshop, there are built-in activities. You can try these where you work. My pecha kucha (it was part of the lightning talks) of Living an Agile Life. I hope you enjoy these. I had a great time at the conference....

Tips for Making the Most of Your Agile 2013 Experience

Are you going to Agile 2013? If you are, maybe these tips will help you. Consider using the schedule planner app to remind you of the sessions you thought you wanted to attend. However, don’t be bound to those sessions. You might meet someone in the hall, or at a meal, have a conversation, and think, “I should continue this conversation with this person at that next session.” Do! You might get more out of that than sticking with your plan. I actually added several sessions in a given time slot so I could see my choices at once. I sit with people I don’t know at breakfast and lunch. If you came to the conference with people from your organization, try that, too. I have met interesting people with fascinating challenges at every Agile conference this way, and built my network. I have people I can ask questions of, and bounce answers off. It’s been great. You don’t have to go to a formal session every time slot. Consider Open Jam or Coaches Corner. You might learn more. I’m presenting at these sessions: Monday, 8:30 am, Open Jam, a group of us from the Agile Project and Portfolio Management LinkedIn group will discuss Incremental Funding. Monday, 2:00 pm, I’m delivering a pecha kucha about my Agile Suitcase. Tuesday, 9:00 am, I’m talking about Agile Teams and Collaboration: What’s New About Agile? Wednesday, 10:45am, Transparent Decisions: Managing the Project Portfolio. I will not be going offsite for the conference party on Thursday night. It does not play to my vertigo and deaf “strengths.” Anyone who wants to stay at...

AgileIndyConf Slides Posted: Agile Managers Essence of Leadership

I spoke at AgileIndyConf last week. I had a blast. Met lots of great people from Indianapolis, got to hang with people like Christopher Avery (@christopheraver), Ron Jeffries (@ronjeffries), Chet Hendrickson (@chethendrickson), Angela Harms (@angelaharms), Mike Kelly (@ michael_d_kelly), Joe Astolfi (@joeastolfi), and many more. (If I missed you, please add yourselves in the comments because I’m having what other people call a senior moment. I thought I was too young to have them. I guess not!) I posted my keynote slides on slideshare. The presentation is Agile Managers: The Essence of Leadership. Agile managers perform the leadership work that managers do in any great organization. They are servant leaders. Matt Block (@devblock) and all of the AgileIndyConf volunteers did an amazing job organizing the conference. It was the first conference, and it was sold out. Way to go, AgileIndy! Would you like to continue the learning about leading agile in your organization? Gil Broza and I are leading The Influential Agile Leader in Boston, April 8-9, 2013. The early bird registration expires March 14. Join...

Belgium Testing Days Slides Posted

I posted my slides from my keynote from Belgium Testing Days 2012 at slideshare.net. The keynote was “QA or Test? Does it Matter? You Bet it Does!” I hope you enjoy it. “This person has more stories and may be funnier in person than the slides appear to...

Updated Agile Program Management Slides Posted

I missed one presentation in my last post. At Oredev, I had an opportunity to speak with the PMI Sweden folks (at least, the southern Sweden folks). I talked about Agile Program Management, and discussed my current thinking about agile program management. As I’ve been working with clients, I’ve been updating my thinking—what a surprise (not really :-)) And, I’ve been fixing/updating my pictures. This presentation has my most current...

Slides Posted from "Northern Hemisphere Conference Tour"

I spent the most recent four weeks conferencing. I had a blast. Because I kept traveling, I nicknamed this series of conferences my “Northern Hemisphere Conference Tour.” I’ve posted the slides on slideshare.net. Oct 24-Oct 28, I was in Vancouver, BC at Much Ado About Agile 2011. I delivered a keynote entitled, “Where is Agile Going?” The theme of the conference was “The Elephant in the Room.” The following week, Oct 30-Nov 4, I was a host and session leader at the AYE Conference, Cary, NC. No slides. If you participated in the conference, keep an eye on our wiki for our pdfs. Then, I flew across the Atlantic and traveled to  Oredev, in Malmo, Sweden for the conference Nov 7-11. I gave a talk about Managing for Collaboration from the management perspective (as opposed to the program management perspective). I also gave an updated version of my Agile Portfolio Planning: Managing Your Project Portfolio. Then I took the train back to Copenhagen and flew to Berlin (and took a taxi to Potsdam) for Agile Testing Days, Nov 14-17. My keynote was Agile Testing and Test Management. Of course, I have ideas about how to make it better, so I hope to repeat it...