“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.
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:
- Dan North’s keynote speech – part 1 and part 2.
- Allan Kelly “Do it right, then do the right thing” – an alternative, possibly more Agile, view of the world which argued that doing things right is essential if you are to do the right thing.
- Steve Parks “Introducing Sceptical Managers to Agile” – Steve introduced an idea of explaining agile concepts to management and clients by relating them back to health concepts.
- Rachel Davies “The Art of Slicing and Dicing User Stories” – techniques for uncovering useful user stories and how to slice them in a way to deliver value in small increments.
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 …