Amsterdam Recap: Day 2 of 3

December 15, 2010

Recently I had the great pleasure of traveling to Amsterdam for a conference. I always enjoy taking time out of my busy schedule to network and connect with colleagues from around the world. The three-day Amsterdam Scrum Gathering brought some of the worlds brightest agile minds together to discuss the latest developments in the world of Scrum. I talked about Day 1 in a previous post, and later I will recap Day 3, but here I want to tell you about the great goings-on of Day 2.

Day two started out with ten concurrent talks, again with so many great sessions choosing which to attend was a struggle. In the end I picked the following and here is a one-line summary of each:

  • “Using Scrumban Panels and Scrumban Velocity” introduced the concept of a Kanban board and gave some metrics for how to calculate team velocity when utilizing Kanban
  • In “Using Scrum Pattern Language to Support Enterprise Transition” we learned to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to anticipating organizational impediments during a Scrum implementation by creating a goal, defining possible success factors, and then the necessary conditions for success
  • During “Agile Mixed with CMMi” we learned that “Yes, you can do Agile in an organization that values CCMi”, one of the biggest tips was to find a CMMi consultant/assessor that really understands agile

The day was capped by six twenty minute bare talks and nine five minute lightning talks. The tight time box of each talk really forced each speaker to boil down the essence of their message. I thoroughly enjoyed these talks and was impressed by how much I learned in such a short time.



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