Tuesday, April 21, 2009

[AgileScotland Conference] More for Less: Using Agile to Save your Job

Hi again,

Can you help?  I'm in the early stages of organizing another full day Agile meetup ( think part mini-conference, part workshop) here in Scotland. It won't cost much and - all things being equal - it'll happen before the summer.

As well as having plenty of very practical managerial & technical content covering HOW TO do agile better, the conference will also focus on WHY using Agile can save your job and/or business.

The equation is simple -  Agile done well produces better software, faster, delighting your customers; it needs less cash to run an agile project, you do more projects each year, each delivers sooner, but you don't need more people; that puts loads more money in your employers bank accounts and with healthier bank balances they keep paying your salary. It's a simple enough equation but a lot of people don't get it.  Agile is the right thing to do. We need to start selling it better so that more of us get to do it.

So, I need your help:
- What do YOU want to learn from a meetup like this?  What would your boss want you to learn?
- What areas of Agile particularly concern you?
- Do you have a success story you'd like to share?  A failure you'd feel comfortable sharing so we can all learn?
- Are you interested in introductory or advanced sessions?
Here're some thoughts:
... I've already got volunteers for a session on the different ways to handle requirements - stories, use cases, features, etc.
... I've also got three volunteers who are willing to share their success and failure stories.  Would you like to join them?
... I imagine there'd be a lot of interest in the leading edge agile test-first thinking.
... I'd like to run a workshop on identifying the benefits of Agile and using them  to get buy in from your boss's boss.
Send me an email (Clarke.Ching@Gmail.com) if you have any thoughts or would like to volunteer to help. 

Please ...