Agile on the Beach

By | September 24, 2013

“Agile AND a beach party? Sounds like my kind of thing” was my response when a colleague asked me if I was interested in going to Agile on the Beach 2013. And it didn’t disappoint.

Photos from Agile on the Beach

Agile on the Beach 2013 – a photo montage including (clockwise from top left) Dan North, Gabriel Steinhardt and Rich Quick, Steve Freeman, the 2013 speakers, Steve Parks, Rachel Davies, and Allan Kelly


Nearly 200 people converged on the university at Falmouth, UK, for 2 days of agile-based presentations and workshops, split into three tracks (Business, Teams and Software Craftmanship). I mostly went to the Business sessions – on topics ranging from the Art of Slicing and Dicing User Stories to Selling Agile to Enterprise Customers – but also attended a few others (I have to admit that Steve Freeman’s session on Fractal TDD flummoxed me).

As well as my own session (on how NET-A-PORTER is using Kanban), there were some excellent sessions. Fortunately, for those who didn’t attend the conference, many are available online. Here’s a few of my favourites:

The beach party was a “ripper” too: you can’t go wrong with a hog roast, live band and ping-pong on the beach front.


They’re already planning Agile on the Beach 2014 and I can’t wait. I just need to think of a suitable topic now …

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