Agile Tour Nancy revisited

Last Friday, I attended Agile Tour Nancy, one of the so many agile tour events this year.  Since I really support this non-profit initiative, I was happy to do a session together with Laurens Bonnema.

Agile Tour is basically a number of free conferences in different cities all over the world.  The goal is to:

  • Massively communicate about Agile
  • Share visions of Agile
  • Federate
  • Support colleagues and local businesses

There are a lot of different conferences planned in October and November in different cities, check out their website to find one near you.  Great detail : it’s FREE!

The event in Nancy was held in the buildings of ESIAL (Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique et Applications de Lorraine) which had great auditoriums and meeting rooms to host the sessions.

I met some interesting people like Thomas Lissajoux and Laurent Bossavit who did a talk ‘Agile, dix ans après : Ce qui a changé, ce qu’il faut retenir’ literally translated as ‘Agile 10 years after : what has changed, what we should remember’.

Here’s a picture of Thomas doing his talk ‘Le choc des images’ which tells the story of a real agile project by images.

Pierre Neis did an introduction to Scrum, quite lightweight and fun, a good teaser to get people interested and curious.

Me and Laurens did our session ‘Foster Continuous improvement through retrospectives’ in English for a small group of people who were not scared by the language barrier.  We got some great feedback during the 2 mini retrospectives during the session.  A special thanks to all attendants to help us improve the session which we’ll do again at XP Days Benelux in November.

For next year, my goal would be to do a session in French, which might require some special preparation, but would make it easier for the audience to follow.

Special thanks to the organization, the event was well prepared and can serve as a good example that a quality conference doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  Thanks to Xavier Roy for inviting us to Nancy.

Chances are big that I will do a workshop next week at Agile Tour Ghent.  Don’t hesitate to register if you’re interested to learn about agile hands-on free of cost.

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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