The Agile Barcamp was held in Welligton on Saturday the 14th of December. This was the first Barcamp I have attended and I was really impressed.
Fronde hosted the event, and are due a vote of thanks for allowing us to use the premises. The APN organisers kept things running to time and herded the cats well 🙂
The event was truly self-organising – we started by posting a list of sessions we wanted to present onto a timetable, and participants chosing what they wanted to listen to. After each session the agenda was revisited and changed as needed. There ended up being 3 streams, each with four sessions of 45 minutes, so 12 talks in all.
I delivered a talk on Why Agile Works, which seemed to be well received.
I then attended Rashina Hoda’s session presenting early results from her PhD research – some very interesting material on roles that emerge in self-organising Agile teams. I look forward to hearing about the final results.
Pete Tansey led a discussion about challenges and anti-patterns of Agile adoption. Some really good discussions and Pete gave out a great “Agile Risk Assessment” checklist he uses when discussing Agile projects with PMOs.
The last session I attended was a discussion of the opportunities and challenges of implementing Agile in government departments.
Adrian Kearns audio recorded some of the sessions and posted them as podcasts here: http://bit.ly/4PavKj
Photos taken on the day can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/apn-wellington/sets/72157622987983036/
It was a pleasure to meet new people and catch up with some old friends in the Wellington Agile community. I came away with the clear feeling that Agile is alive and well in Wellington.
Thanks for making it a great day – a very worthwhile investment of my time on a Saturday.
Posted by Shane Hastie