SDC2010 revisited

The previous 2 days I attended the Scandinavian Developer Conference 2010 in Göteborg, Sweden.

When I looked at the program in advance, it looked very promising. Which it was!

Being specifically interested in agile and lean, I was happy to see 4 tracks in the first day and 3 in the second day of the conference.

The sessions I will remember are:

Artisanal Retro-Futurism by Brian Marick

  • Too weird to explain, but very entertaining. He must have said the word cheese 100 times. And from now on, I will certainly ask “where is my jetpack?” More info here.

Beautiful teams and leaders by Roy Osherove

  • Very honest and down to earth session about the characteristics of great teams. Very aligned with my own train of thoughts. I don’t know how many developers have tried this, but he suggests doing code reviews by starting through test reviews. Much faster and easier. And as always, he finished with a song. Don’t you code tonight, a cover of the song by Guns ’n roses.

Checklist for the Agile manager by Jurgen Appelo

  • Jurgen uses a flavor of humor and insight into complex adaptive systems to talk about the flavors of management and leadership agile organizations need. He got me interested in starting to explore CAS and chaos theory.

Tips for creating self-organizing teams by Yves Hanoulle

  • Having based some stuff of my previous servant leadership session based on the same material Yves was talking about made this quite interesting to follow. I could relate to a lot of things he was talking about. Very well delivered.

Some reflections on my own session ‘The A-team as agile pioneers’ which is delivered at the conference:

  • Despite the fact that I had to compete with Kent Beck in the same timeslot, quite a few people showed up. Many thanks!
  • I was well prepared, no black-outs, I talked about everything I wanted to (reading confessions of a public speaker helped a lot)
  • Next time I have to time the session better. I actually removed some material because it was taking too long. It was not, I finished too early. I hope people didn’t mind, being the last session of a tiring conference.

I welcome you to send me any type of feedback on my talk, so I can improve it for future conferences.

About Nick Oostvogels

Hi, I'm an independent management consultant. My biggest strengths are located in the fields of teamwork, motivation, leadership and continuous improvement. In the IT industry you find a lot of these values in the agile movement, in which I often act as a project leader, product owner or coach. My interests go a lot further, into other industries where we find these values in lean production. Besides that, I try to broaden my horizon as much as possible, always looking for better ways of doing business.

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