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On Agila Sverige 09 - afterwards

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 by Thomas L

The conference has just ended, and I'm sitting in my living room. These are my thoughts.

I got contact with some people regarding my presentation "LWAM - Light-Weight Agile Maturity". It seems as if I've stuck a nerve somewhere, since a big consultant/product company apparently sells a product that has to do with basically the same thing as I've talked about, albeit packaged up in an expensive box, together with consulting hours and education. However, my main point is that it doesn't have to be this complex! If you can create a tool as simple as possible, then everyone can use the tool to point to improvements to come to a goal.

The lightning talks and open spaces were some good, some bad. I'm a bit sad in that there is only a number of people, basically the same over and over again, that do the presentations and stand up to present/lead an Open Space topic. The rest of us are a bit too shy to get out there. It's of course the responsibility of the single person to stand up and propose a topic, but I'm a bit curious if something could be done to counter this. The issue is probably due to some people not being comfortable enough to present things to hundred unknown faces. If we could overcome this fear, I think that we could get even more interesting topics and discussions. That's actually where Agile Öresund 2008 had an edge to Agila Sverige 09; the beginning featured an introductory get-to-know-each-other in where we did a quick presentation of ourselves.

To sum it up: the conference was good, very good. I have things to take back to my daily work, and other things that I'm going to try if I have a clean sheet. In the conference retrospective, I answered a 9 on a 1-10 scale if I would recommend the next conference to others, my only issue is the one stated above. Quite telling.

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