Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Agile Boston Open Space 2010

I attended Agile Boston Open Space 2010 ( today. The event was at the Microsoft Building in Waltham, Boston. Of the many conferences that I have attended, I have no hesitation in saying this gave me the most value for money. Here's why:
  1. Convenience: It was in my backyard - just a couple of miles from my workspot. It certainly helped that while the title had Boston in it, it wasn't in Boston. It was in Waltham (you can tell I don't like going to Boston).
  2. Cost: Just $29. And that included breakfast and food. And yes - there was vegetarian food. It was just a wrap, but it was tasty. This is not a trivial matter. I'm a vegetarian and I have often found that some conferences that charge heavy fees don't pay much attention to the vegetarian fare. These people were thoughtful.
  3. I got to hear Ken Schwaber for an hour.
  4. I got to network with a number of smart people who were willing to teach, learn and share. I learn't about a number of misconceptions about Scrum. Just because it is highly adaptive doesn't mean that you shouldn't do some of the process that truly added value in waterfall. People didn't say that in so many words, but that was the gist of what I got from it. If it's valuable, keep it.
  5. I learn't about "Open Space Technology" ( - a fabulous way to organize meetings very productively.
I think it was a day very well spent.

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