Today, Emily Webber and I launched Agile on the Bench. Our idea was simple: people gather around a bench and listen to short talks on agile. In the spirit of Speaker’s Corner, we wanted to create a cheap, fun, and no-tech platform for people to share ideas, raise questions and propose (potentially contentious) ideas.
Some people thought we were mad: “Nobody will turn up in a park on a cold November lunchtime to hear people talk about agile.” Turns out, they were wrong; like a flash mob, 16 people turned up in Lincoln’s Inn Fields to listen to four talks despite it being a chilly day. Topics ranged from pasta factories to content teams, bunions to 80s-themed retrospectives – all with agile references.
- Presenters are not allowed to use any tech. No laptops, no tablets, no phones. Not even print outs from PowerPoint or Keynote
- Each speaker has up to 10 minutes for their presentation, plus time for questions from the crowd
- Each event lasts 60 minutes
- We will schedule at least two speakers per event
- Anyone can step forwards to talk after the scheduled speakers
- It’s free and nobody is paid for speaking
- Bring your lunch (we’re not supplying any)
However, the above format may change. Today was a MVC (Minimum Viable Conference).
Why is it called Agile on the Bench?
Because we’re talking about agile (and lean) on and around a bench. Oh, and it gives a respectful nod towards the marvellous Agile on the Beach.
How do I get involved? When is the next one?