Open Agile Northwest
Today was the first day of Agile Open Northwest
, an Open Space conference
on agile software development
This was my first Open Space conference. I really like the concept: get together a bunch of people who are passionate about a subject (in our case 120), give them a bunch of meeting rooms and flip charts, and let them organize their own damn conference. It actually sounds way more touchy-feely than it is. Today I attended conference sessions on the following topics:
- Functional testing tools
- Encouraging bravery
- Sharing responsibility with the customer
- Testing legacy code
- Agile phobia*
- Technical skills for agile development
*I ran this session.
A lot of cool people were there, including Arlo and most of the crew from Blue Tech, boojum
, Emerson, and some famous people like Ward Cunningham and Kent Beck. (Arlo is apparently also famous--I didn't realize this until today).
Also, I met a fellow audio geek who likes formal methods
and wants to hang out with nerds. We exchanged e-mails.
Also, I found out today about Python code sprints
. Actually I think I'd heard about them before, but for some reason it never registered until today. Now I simply must
attend one. Current Mood: tired