Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lean Agile Scrum Conference High Points

Speaking as the organizer, the conference was one high point after another: The high caliber sessions from Switzerland and abroad, the keynote speakers, the interactions among the participants. Judging from the participants feedback, the workshop with Henrik Kniberg and Tom & Mary Poppendieck received the highest notes.

There was really only one low point: the long wait for food at lunch. As lean thinkers we should have thought more about the flow!

SwissIT Magazine published a short article online and more detailed article in their latest print edition. My favorite quote in the print edition came from Adrian Honegger, Co-CIO of Baloise Insurance (and speaker at the Conference):

"The organizers of the Lean Agile Scrum Conference 2010 succeeded in bringing together interested participants from Coders to the IT Executive, including people from numerous branches of industry and experienced speakers. Summary of the successful event: the rapidly accelerating market dynamics and increasing complexity, the not only ICT companies face, are forcing companies to become leaner and more agile, so that they can react immediately and adequately to new trends, dangers and uncertainties. In the long term, the winners will be those IT organizations which successfully master the transition to Lean, Agile and Scrum."

My personal high points were the Keynote speakers. Henrik make complicated topics simple and the Poppendiecks bring home why management and agile teams need each other. I learned a lot from both, much of which will be really useful when talking to management, and look forward to seeing them again.

BTW - The Poppendiecks will be coming back to give their lean leadership course next spring!

The presentations are online on the conference home page.