The first day of the Agile 2008 Conference was fabulous! I’m working with five other great people including my wife, Melanie, my father, Garry, and three good friends: Paul, Travis and Laila. We have set up a beautiful booth designed by my brother, Alexei Berteig. Working at the booth has been a tiring yet exhilarating experience. Before the conference we received Boothmanship Training from The Portables. The people at The Portables have been excellent and I highly recommend them to anyone embarking on a booth display at a conference.
Today I delivered the first of my two presentations at the conference. The thirty minute experience report: “Extremely Short Iterations as a Catalyst for Effective Prioritization of Work” was well received. There were about 25 people in attendance and despite the short time for questions, there were some good ones. I enjoyed delivering the presentation and it was filmed for later publication on InfoQ. I also received highly positive feedback after the talk. On Thursday, I am giving a much more substantial presentation titled “Meta-Agile: Using Agile Methods to Deliver Agile Training“. This will be a three hour workshop in two parts: a 90 minute presentation, and then a 90 minute participatory patterns workshop. If you are a trainer or coach, I highly recommend attending this one!
I also ran into many friends… too many to list, in fact. It is surprising to me to see how many people I know in this community. There are over 1500 people at this agile conference, and I can’t walk more than 20 steps without running into someone I know. One other really cool thing is that everyone is commenting on how much they like the notebooks that were included in the conference bag – highly popular. In fact, three people have commented that it was the only useful thing in the bag… which is actually a bit of an exaggeration since the conference program was also in the bag and I suspect that it might be just a wee bit more useful 🙂 Nevertheless, the feedback has been great.
Come check us out at our booth if you are at the conference – it’s unmistakable – strong red backdrop with the Berteig Consulting logo across the top. We also have a great raffle so be sure to drop off your raffle entry which is found in your notebook pocket.