October 3, 2017
It’s great to see a group organize and then take off. That is what has been happening in Tauranga with their agile community.
It hasn’t been that long that the meetup group got started and now only and few short months later they have had their first successful conference. I was fortunate to be asked to speak at the event and did a talk on the need to relabel “Technical Debt” to “Technical health”. The talk was well received but what got me even more excited was the interest in agile and agile adoption.
I think it is important to go to events great and small to see people who are new to agile and see the excitement in them for it. It makes me look back and rekindles the passion for agile.
September 27, 2017
The first thing is a big thank you to the Agile Alliance. Both for helping Agile Alliance New Zealand startup, but, also all the ongoing support.
Then a big thank you for doing this every year. Big thank you to all the organizers.
I think you only understand the work that goes into an event like this if you have had a peek behind the curtains or have done it yourself.
My take on the event I believe is slightly rose-tinted because it seems everyone first Agile event was amazing. Everyone, I have every spoken to after their first Agile Alliance conference are always amazed at the content the venue and think it was the best conference they have ever been on.
A few things I didn’t expect was probably the newest things about conferences I have now come to know or it could be just the Agile conference.
Firstly it’s the community behind the event. From day one everyone is busy catching up with friends they haven’t seen for the last year. Saying hello, getting together for beers or dinner. Usually, the only social interaction is between the colleagues that go together or it’s about making sales. Here it was all about meeting friends form years past.
The second surprise was the volunteers. Not only were the volunteers front and center but they were also highly respected by everyone. The volunteers must have a great time because they keep returning over and over to volunteer again. Usually, the volunteers are less of a volunteer and more of a voluntold. Go the purple shirts.
I think my thoughts on the speakers will require a blog post all its own.
So I’ll end with – Yes, this was the Best conference I have ever attended and I hope to go again and meet up with friends from years past.
January 21, 2016
Agile in government. Sounds easy at first glance but then you find so little or non of it in reality. Why is this?
If you were to ask Barack Obama, he would say that it is due to the structure of government being stuck in it current form for the last 70 years. With the IT trouble both in the VA and with his flagship medical insurance policy. As a president he has suffered more than those before him. The next one I am sure will suffer more than he has if he can’t resolve this problem. The simple reason is that IT has become more and more ingrained in business both public and private.
This same question has been worked through in the UK. With a constant going forwards and backwards on the issue. It has been stated that yes Agile works, but we don’t think it will work for the UK government? Without management “buy in” it won’t. Will there be management buy in for the champions of what came before? I think not.
Which brings us back to structure and the speed with which it can change. Well from what I have seen, the structure and the champions that maintain it would take two generations to work out of the system naturally. Now this is only limited to government structure and the IT management structure in particular. 50-60 years, a blink of an eye for the earth, a long time for IT and governments and the average tax payer.
But it is becoming very clear that governments will go through Agile adoptions sooner than that and that there will be lots of pain for those involved.
If you are in IT or have some knowledge in the Agile field, it would be great if you could help your government see the light in every possible way you can. The sooner we start the better. 50 years is to long so you can’t leave it up to them.
October 13, 2014
The world is changing, and becoming more digital. Terms like digital native and internet of things are filling the news. But what does it all mean and is there anything you could do to prepare for it.
It’s an internet Super power.
And with the internet of things – Phone, fridges, lights, heat pumps and clothes are all being plugged into the internet. Without some way of talking to them you may soon not be able to understand your jeans.
To help start the journey and follow these links:
August 1, 2013
This year the ms community has group together to host a code camp and a SQL Saturday together. See you there.