Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Our Agile September

Marcin Niebudek,

This September will be intense for us… This is because of two great conferences that we’re proud to support – AgileByExample in Warsaw and Agile Eastern Europe in Kiev.

We are more than happy to come to Kiev for the third time, but even happier to support a brand new conference that will have its 1st edition in Warsaw, Poland. There is still Call 4 Papers opened for AgileByExample 2011 and it’s an international event, so if you have interesting stories to tell, go ahead and submit your examples of agile adoption. After all it’s all about real life examples!

If not in Warsaw, then maybe we will meet in Kiev? The best you can do is to visit them both. I’m sure they will be quite different but complementing events. I already can’t wait till September.

Java Geeks We Are…

Marcin Niebudek,

Ok, you may have already noticed that tinyPM is written in Java. We always try to support local events around agile, but as we’ve been using the Java stack for many years so this year we’ve decided to sponsor also a great Java conference in Krakow. That’s how tinyPM became a sponsor of GeeCON 2011.

tinyPM sponsors GeeCON 2011 - Java Conference in Krakow

We’ve been to GeeCON in 2009 and 2010 and it was always a great event full of good talks (see the list of speakers for this year’s edition if in doubt). So if you are a developer and you didn’t register yet, you have really the very last chance to do that! Let’s meet in two weeks in Krakow!

Celebrating 10 Years of the Agile Manifesto!

Marcin Niebudek,

Alistair Cockburn has been organizing the event to celebrate the 10 years of Agile Manifesto. As a part of the event all the agile community members has been invited to answer three questions at the 10 Years of Agile website. Here are the three questions (copied from the Alistair’s website):

  1. What problems in software or product development have we solved (and therefore should not simply keep re-solving)?
  2. What problems are fundamentally unsolvable (so therefore we should not keep trying to “solve” them)?
  3. What problems can we sensibly address – problems that we can mitigate either with money, effort or innovation? (and therefore, these are the problems we should set our attention to, next.)

So let’s joins the dialog.

Problems solved

I’m not sure if the idea behind the Manifesto was to solve any particular problem except for restoring the balance between technology and business needs or expectations in the software development process. Was this solved? I think the move in the good direction has been made. The world moves faster now and still we developed the methods to keep up with software development. But the idea of being open to continuous changes and adapting to them makes the whole process  the never ending one.

So the Agile Manifesto made a ground for the movement that continues to evolve, bringing lots of new ideas to follow along with new problems.

Unsolvable problems

In one hand we want to improve, so even if some problems may seem unsolvable, we want to keep looking for better ways of solving them at least partially. Initial signatories of the Agile Manifesto wanted to restore the meaning of methodology in some way by pointing out that there are two sides that need to be addressed. However I think we’ve learned already that any single, unified and best for all way of doing thing is doomed to fail.

Some methods, frameworks, tools (call them as you like) as Scrum, Kanban started to fall in the trap of being perceived as a single “agile” solution to all the problems. This of course not true and wasn’t the intention of its creators either. So if I was to point the problem that we should not try to solve it would be the one to find “the” single agile way for all.

I look at agile as a catalog of practices from which I take different pieces to solve different problems in the given context. While the context changes many times, I need to choose again. Many people think that we need something more specific than the Manifesto, something codified, closed in the book of knowledge. I would rather like to keep the Manifesto open and general as it is.

The problems we should set our attention to

I think that many teams or organizations confused the discipline required to fulfill the principles behind the Manifesto with freedom. The catalog of tools and practices we can use has grown through those 10 years and today we are way better equipped to create a great software. But the problem that needs our attention is that so many teams tend not to use those tools. They are satisfied with the very shallow adoption of the ideas behind the “agile” movement.

Do we need to choose any specific problem to be solved next? Will it be agile and UX, or maybe agile for legacy code? As all in agile it should be context dependent. Different areas should be explored by different parts of agile community as they will face different problems. What would make agile die, would be to start thinking that there is nothing to improve anymore.

The image for this post comes from a great site Pictofigo

Back from AgileEE 2010

Marcin Niebudek,

A few days ago we came back from a great AgileEE 2010. It was a really good event which I personally find very inspiring. This is also why we’re extremely happy to be a small part of it as a bronze sponsor.

We posted a full list of speakers some time ago, but one photo stands for 1000 words, so see them all on one stage:

I’m sure everybody found something interesting in Kiev/Kyiv but just in case somebody wanted even more, we gave away some top agile books. So once again congratulations to the lucky ones and if you missed the conference – regret and make sure to be there next year.

In the meantime you can see most of the presentations at the conference site. Videos will also come soon.

We’ve taken some photos, which you can watch on our Flickr photo stream… Many thanks to all the people involved in the conference and other sponsors who made it possible.

tinyPM is going to AgileEE 2010!

Marcin Niebudek,

Once again we are going to Kiev for Agile Eastern Europe Conference which will run this Autumn (8-9th October). Last edition was a great event and we expect this year to be even better. It’s enough to look at the speakers lineup, to be sure that Agile Eastern Europe once again will become a really international event:

  • Mary POPPENDIECK (USA)
  • Henrik KNIBERG (Sweden)
  • Danko KOVATCH (Israel)
  • Marc LOFFLER (Germany)
  • Paul KLIPP (Poland)
  • Anda ABRAMOVICI & Sudhindra RAO (USA)
  • Robert DEMPSEY (USA)
  • Vasco DUARTE (Finland)
  • J.B. (Joe) RAINSBERGER (Canada)
  • Mack ADAMS (Canada/France)
  • Robin DYMOND (Canada/USA)
  • Yves HANOULLE (Belgium/France)
  • Monika KONIECZNY (Poland)
  • Andrea HECK & Tibor VIDA (Germany & Hungary)
  • Allan KELLY (UK)
  • Dr. Johannes MAINUSCH (Germany)
  • Sergey DMITRIEV (Norway)
  • Piotr ZOLNIEREK (Poland)
  • Sergei ANDRZEEVSKI (Russian Federation)
  • Andrea PROVAGLIO (Italy)
  • Pawel LIPINSKI (Poland)
  • Nikita FILLIPOV (Russian Federation)
  • Pavel GABRIEL (Belarus)
  • Artem SERDYUK (Ukraine)
  • Mikalai ALIMENKAU (Ukraine)
  • Timofey YEVGRASHYN (Ukraine)
  • Michael NORTON (USA)
  • Pawel BRODZINSKI (Poland)
  • Francois BACHMANN (Switzerland)
  • Jurgen APPELO (Netherlands)
  • Zsolt ZSUFFA (Hungary)
  • Gwyn MORFEY & Laurie YOUNG (UK)

We are proud to be once again to support the conference as a Bronze Sponsor, so if you use tinyPM, think about using it, want to talk about the tool, it’s capabilities and your need, then Kiev will definitely be a place where you can push us to the wall and ask all the hard questions.

If you haven’t decided yet to come, go on and REGISTER now!

Three Weeks Left to OpenAgile Romania

Marcin Niebudek,

Not so long ago I’ve been writing about first edition of Agile Central Europe and now there are only three weeks left to another very promising agile event in our region – OpenAgile Romania.

OpenAgile Romania - May 14-15th - Bucharest

The conference has a very interesting speakers lineup and along with AgileCE and upcoming Agile Easter Europe makes a great set of affordable and very high quality agile events in the Central/Eastern Europe. So make sure you won’t miss it!

tinyPM Team is also proud to be able to support this event as a Bronze sponsor. Early bird registration ends on May 5th, so register and visit Bucharest this spring.

AgileCE 2010 – Summaries and Thoughts

Marcin Niebudek,

AgileCE 2010 is over. It was a great organized, unique in terms of scale and speakers agile event in Poland. All talks were recorded and will be probably published at the conference website, but here are some notes from the lectures I’ve attended and find interesting to share just right now.

AgileCE 2010

The Talks

Jens Korte – ScrumFluenca

Jens presented part of his great work on documenting sources, influences and theories that led to forming Scrum method and keep influencing all kinds of agile movements. Jens made a very interesting chart which you will find at http://www.agilefluenca.org and I strongly recommend you to take a look at it. This is a really good piece of work, that I hope Jens will continue to update.

Monika Konieczny – How to cope with communication problems in an agile project?

Monika presented an idea of using simulation games to improve communicating some ideas within teams and mentioned also an interesting theory called “The Fun Theory” which I like very much (see http://www.thefuntheory.com). All that started with a very funny game of backing cake by an IT team :-) You should definitely watch it when the video will be available at AgileCE site.

What I missed in Monika’s talk, were 2-3 cases or real projects examples of games that solved some particular problems which would turn the talk from theoretical to more practical.

Zuzana Sochova – Company Culture as the Key Agile Milestone

Zuzana presented some of the results of her MBA research on organizational culture influence on successful agile adoption. Zuzana already posted slides from her talk at http://www.slideshare.net/zuzuzka/company-culture-as-the-key-agile-milestone. Also the survey results are available at Zuzana’s blog (http://soch.cz/AgileSurvey.pdf)

Paweł Lipiński – Being an agile nearshore team

This was the best Pawel’s presentation I’ve seen so far. It’s because his talk was based purely on his experience from running his own company Pragmatists and building there a really agile environment. What we miss the most on agile conferences are the real cases and examples agile / xp implementations instead of all that couching / consulting theory many time full of wishful thinking. This presentation was real from the start to the very end.

There are also a few interesting ideas that I’ve noted out from Pawel’s talk:

  • using a single user in your version control system along with pair programming to eliminate blaming and empower collective code ownership
  • customer clicks through the application during the demo session – this makes him focused on what he actually accepts
  • often pair switching when pair programming prevents team members from achieving small small goals and successes (like finishing a single task) and does not work well – switch pairs after the task is done
  • customer not paying for not accepted work – encouraging time and material way of work by sharing a risk

Paweł Brodziński – The Kanban Story

Same as with Paweł Lipiński talk, this one also contained thoughts and motivation from the real life example of implementing Kanban. A few thoughts I’ve noted out:

  • Kanban without strong engineering practices produces garbage (garbage in – garbage out)
  • change of the Kanban board triggered by the team member that holds a sticky note and does not know where to put it

We also continued the talk about Kanban on the open session during the lunch break. You can read the full story about this kanban implementation at Pawel’s blog:
http://blog.brodzinski.com/2009/10/kanban-story.html

Gwyn Morfey & Laurie Young – The Sword and Other Tales

This was a great and entertaining closing of the AgileCE. The talk’s (or shall I say performance) main theme was how to focus on quickly and without unnecessary ceremony solving all kinds of  issues that an agile team may face. Gwyn and Laurie talked about how to change and improve the solutions to make them stick. Definitely a video worth watching when it will be posted at AgileCE website (you will find out about sword of integration, stealthholders, heat-seeking actions and more).

Short Retrospection

So what went well?

  • The venue was great and perfectly prepared for this kind of event
  • Good set of talks with interesting and original content that we couldn’t hear before in Poland / Central Europe
  • Very well organized (kudos to Paul Klipp and his team!)

What could be done better?

  • Open Space sessions during the event of this size (150 – 200 people) should get their own piece of time line during the tracks instead of competing with the talks. The most talks has been scheduled during the lunch break as the most people did not wanted to choose between talks and open space sessions.
  • Marketing should have been started much earlier. I had an impression that many people did not had a chance to come to AgileCE because they just learned about the event to late.
  • The schedule should be posted earlier next time (even if it about to change slightly later on) because many people decide about attending mostly by looking at conference talks and schedule.

Overall the event was great and as tinyPM team we’re proud we could support it as the Bronze Sponsors. Now we’re waiting for a next great event in Kiev (AgileEE) and definitely are waiting for a next AgileCE in 2011.

Agile Central Europe 2010

Marcin Niebudek,

We were happy last year to take part in the first agile conference in the Central/Eastern Europe region in Kiev. That’s why we are even more excited that this year will bring two interesting agile events in this part of the world, with the first to be Agile Central Europe 2010 in Krakow.

Agile Central Europe 2010As we’re always interested in supporting agile initiatives emerging in our region, we are happy to announce that tinyPM became a Bronze Sponsor of AgileCE.

The conference will take place in Krakow, Poland, 8-9th April 2010. By the February 15th you have a chance to get an early bird ticket for only 85 EUR for a 2 day conference.

 

During those 2 days you will be able to hear many interesting talks:

  • Systemic Software Development for Agile Teams
  • Distributed Agile in a Multicultural World
  • Iteration Management – unclogging your development process
  • The Sword And Other Tales
  • The Agile Influencer’s Mantra

You can read more at the official conference site. So don’t wait!
REGISTER NOW and meet as in Krakow this spring.

tinyPM becomes a sponsor of AgileEE 2009

Marcin Niebudek,

There are not many conferences in Central and Eastern Europe that directly target Agile community. Thus we’re happy that we could become a sponsor of the 1st edition of Agile Eastern Europe conference that will take place in Kiev this September.

Conference program is so far almost complete and looks quite promissing, so if you are able to come to Kiev in September, we strongly recommend to do that. The main theme of the conference is “Making Distributed Agile Work“. You will be able to listen:

  • Mary Poppendieck
  • Grigori Melnik
  • Jutta Eckstein
  • Boris Gloger
  • Jurgen Appelo
  • J.B.Rainsberger
  • David Hussman
  • and many others…

So go ahead and REGISTER! By 15th of July you can do that for only $210!