Agile 2013 – how it starts

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That’s what I found myself reading minutes after the hotel shuttle dropped me into the lobby of the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, ending a journey of five thousand miles and fifteen hours.

The journey had just ended; the conference was about to begin. And that is how the conference began for me: minutes after getting checked in, I bumped into the first of many, many friends and we hugged. (As it happened, that first friend was Ellen Gottesdiener, who’s speaking tomorrow on creating value.) It was less than an hour before I’d lost count of how many more friends I’d bumped into – and not just because I was too tired to count by then.

Those two tweets capture a lot of what the conference is about, to me.


About the Author

After a first career as a software developer (20 years of coding experience) and a few years as an independent consultant, Laurent Bossavit now heads Institut Agile, whose aims include helping Agile software development become better established as a research topic and as a discipline, and helping grow a healthier market for clients and suppliers leveraging these practices.

Passionate about helping people in various Agile communities network and support each other, Laurent is a former member of the board of the Agile Alliance, a recipient of the 2006 Gordon Pask award for contributions to Agile practice and co-founder of the Coding Dojos.

This is an Agile Alliance community blog post. Opinions represented are personal and belong solely to the author. They do not represent opinion or policy of Agile Alliance.

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