Observations from the Agile in Action Roadshow

on May 21, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

Just returned from my second stint on the Agile in Action roadshow with our friends from Electric Cloud, Perforce, and VersionOne, this time visiting the cities of Toronto, Philadelphia and Chicago. Rather than going into minute detail (and the fact it is a Friday afternoon before a long weekend), I thought I would...

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Just returned from my second stint on the Agile in Action roadshow with our friends from Electric Cloud, Perforce, and VersionOne, this time visiting the cities of Toronto, Philadelphia and Chicago. Rather than going into minute detail (and the fact it is a Friday afternoon before a long weekend), I thought I would share a few random observations from this trip:

  • Organizations (and individuals) are begging for as much information and guidance as they can get on Agile and tools for Agile, and are willing to give up a days in the office and brave horrific traffic to get it
  • Teams that are 6 to 9 months practicing Agile think they’re novices, but in reality are seasoned veterans and have lived through most of the nightmares newer teams are currently facing
  • Toronto cab drivers have a random-number generator for their “flat-rate” fares from the airport
  • The majority of our audience would rank low to medium on both their knowledge and their adoption of Agile…they all want to go Agile, they just don’t know where to start (or if they were started, how they could improve things)
  • Window seats suck, but not as much as middle seats
  • Developers do code reviews, but don’t like doing them…
  • …but you could always count of the one guy in the audience who claimed to like them…obviously someone’s living in denial
  • And finally, if you are in 3 different hotels in 3 nights, keep the sleeve your room key comes in on you at all times…I guarantee you’ll forget your room number at least once during the trip.

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