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Call for Speakers - #LASZH 2012

The call for speakers is open for fourth Lean Agile Scrum Conference in Zurich on September 12.

This year's conference features keynote speakers Joe Justice (initiator of Wikispeed) and Roman Pichler (author of Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love)

Under the motto, 'Products, not projects" the organizers, the SwissICT „Lean, Agile & Scrum“ group, once again seek to bridge the gap between C-level executives, managers, project leaders, business analysts, developers, and testers and connect the management perspective with the view from the trenches.

Read the full announcement on the LAS homepage  (or in German) or jump directly to the submission form.

#Stoos: The past is no longer a proxy for the future

Deb Hartmann interviews Rod Collins, author of Leadership in a Wiki World:

Or you can watch it on youtube...

Videos on the #Stoos Gathering

@jaycross has posted an awesome video on youtube which provides some insight into what we talked about, the first draft of the statement, and how we worked together at #Stoos.

@deborahh conducted a series 7 or 8 of interviews which are now appearing one by one on youtube. Here is the #Stoos final statement, read by Simon Roberts:

Follow the Stoos Network Channel on youtube for more videos!

#Stoos and the Prime Directive

When I read some of the postings on twitter about the #Stoos Gathering, I wish I could shout to everyone, "Stop! Remember the Prime Directive. Everyone wants to do a good job! Everyone did and is doing the best job they can under the circumstances."

"Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.

"At the end of a project everyone knows so much more. Naturally we will discover decisions and actions we wish we could do over. This is wisdom to be celebrated, not judgement used to embarrass."

The Retrospective Prime Directive My wishes on the community at large: Ask constructive questions. Be patient. Contribute.

The world won't change in a day. We're all volunteers with a day job. And remember the prime directive. It makes genuine improvement possible.

Invitation to a cool event (later known as #Stoos)

So began our efforts to bring together an interesting group of people. Now that the Stoos Gathering is history, the Stoos Network is getting started, and many people have questions about Stoos, the network and what is behind it, I thought I would offer some insight as to how it came to pass and how we, the initiators, perceived the event.

Can I really say "we"? I hate to say "I" because this was a team effort. Without all four of us, Jurgen, Franz, Steve and myself, Stoos would not have happened. And it's not about us. It's about catalyzing a change. (In chemistry, a catalyst is not changed by the reaction it enables). So I will write "we" as as a 'Team we' because this was a team success. I will use "I" when I am very specifically referring to my own opinion. Having said that, this is the story as I experienced it and as I remember it.

Here is the invitation-template that the four initiators used as a basis to invite people: