Agile2009 thoughts so far

So far I am having a great time at the Agile2009 conference in Chicago.  There are some amazing speakers at this event.  With approximately 1350 attendees this is clearly a big deal!  Some odd scheduling issues (Jeff Sutherland in a small room???), some bad scheduling luck (all 3 Agile Cooperative members speaking at the same time on Thursday) and a few other quirks are going to make it slightly less than it could be for me personally.  However, it is still great to be here.

I wish I could relay all the funny stories that have already happened to me in just a bit over 24 hours on site, but I can’t.  I’ll just relay one which I found particularly amusing.  A person came up to me and said something to the effect of “I want to pick your brain on becoming an independent agile consultant.”  Of course I responded that would be fine, but then I asked why they wanted to talk to me.  The response floored me – apparently Agile For All is one of only a handful of small agile consulting companies formed during 2008 or 2009 which is being successful.  I never even thought about it that way.  I was always too busy working to make it more successful.

Finally, if you are interested in Making Agile a Reality® for your organization I highly recommend attending Agile2010 in Nashville, TN August 9-13, 2010.  If that doesn’t work, then how about Agile2011 in Salt Lake City, UT August 7-13, 2011.  Or if you are really looking ahead Agile2012 will be in Grapevine, TX August 13-17, 2012!

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