My first day at Agile 2005 was a good one! I attended the morning keynote delivered by Brian Marick and Bob Martin in the morning. The afternoon tutorial that I attended was Agile Project Management: Reliable Innovation, delivered by Jim Highsmith. This post will highlight a few of my personal takeaways from the day.
Agile Project Management
A theme in both the morning keynote and the afternoon tutorial was the role of project management in agile projects. Just like we've seen in our project, others are seeing the importance of the role of project management as agile methods are scaled up. The conference seems to be a bit of a coming out party for the Agile Project Leadership Network and the Declaration of Interdependence (DOI). The following DOI statements were developed by a group of agile project managers in a meeting earlier this year:
These statements, along with the people behind them, will help drive a shift in traditional project management approaches in the future.
The keynote title was "Where were we? Where are we? Where are we going?". A few key takeaways for me were:
Highsmith Tutorial on Agile Project Management
This tutorial was broken into two primary parts. Part one was a review of our understanding of agile project management. Part two focused on the key enterprise issues associated with agile development. While there were definitely some valuable nuggets in the session, I was hoping for more new information out of the enterprise issues section. I think the reality is that Microsoft and a few other large companies have to deal with this issue at a scale that not many other companies have to face. Here are the highlights / takeaways for me:
The only disappointment for the day was the rain that came about the time we were going to head to the Rockies game. Instead, I went out to dinner with a group of Redmondites. AND I had the time to write this summary for the day! Sorry that it got a bit long, but it was a productive day.