Category Archives: Retrospectives

Planned conferences in 2010

Zeger van Hese‘s summary of the Agile Testing Days in 2009 reminded me to write about some of the conferences I plan to attend over the course of this year. And yes, Zeger is right, since it was my first conference presentation back in October, I was very nervous. Thanks again to Gojko Adzic and Mike Scott, who gave me great feedback the evening before during the Oktoberfest took place. On a second note, Zeger attended nearly all the presentations I was also in – despite the tutorial.

That said, I’m going to attend the Agile Testing Days from 4th to 7th of October again. The submissions are still open until end of January, but I think one of my proposals may be selected. Additionally, this year it’s going to be a four day conference. So, I plan to be fully blown afterwards.

Another great conference last year was the Software Craftsmanship Conference in London in early July. Thus far Jason Gorman has not decided upon the programme, but he’s working on the submissions. If I can make it by any means, I will attend again and maybe get one or the other book signed. I don’t plan to submit an own session.

A conference I haven’t visited last year is the XP2010 conference in Trondheim from 1st to 4th of June. I’m not sure whether to participate there. I will make this dependent on whether my submission will be taken.

Last, but not least, I plan for the XP Days Germany, though I haven’t seen any planning for the conference thus far. Last year the conference was great. Personally I had great exchanges with Alistair Cockburn on methodologies, the Agile manifesto, and a possible future for Crystal. That said, I hope to attend the conference and get to know another great keynote speaker there, hopefully.

Facets of an Agile Team

Brian Marick started a series of blog posts on the seven pillars of an Agile team. Brian, Chet Hendrickson, Ron Jeffries, Robert Martin and James Shore came up with seven basic aspects of an Agile team:

  • Product sense
  • Collaboration
  • Focus on Business Value
  • Supportive Culture
  • Confidence
  • Technical Excellence
  • Self Improvement

Brian already started a first description on Product sense with more to come.

His description on the spider graph approach used during retrospectives reminded myself on the A Better Team questionaire based on James Shore’s and Shane Warden’s book The Art Of Agile Development. Since James contributed to the seven items, I believe this is no coincidence.