Get out to Seattle for AgilePalooza May 16th

Know someone in the Seattle area?

I’ve been to a couple AgilePalooza’s in my day. They rock. So get your butt over there if you’re in the Seattle area fo’ sho.

On May 16th Dave Hussman of DevJam will deliver an agile keynote at AgilePalooza in Seattle. VersionOne has sold out the last few of these events, which bring the agile community together for a jam-packed day of low-cost agile learning in an informal, interactive format. Speakers are generally agile coaches, consultants, and otherwise butt-kickers in their knowledge of agile best practices.

Other guest speakers for this event include Tricia Broderick, Richard Dolman, Kevin Klinemeier, Michael Tardiff and others. Details, complete agenda and registration can be found here: http://agilepalooza.com/seattle2013/.

Stuff people say about AgilePaloozas:

Wow! This was the best Agile conference I’ve ever attended! You have provided an incredible value to attendees. Events like this show why VersionOne is one of the premiere brands in Agile Development. Thank you!” – Vivek M. Chawla

Exceeded my expectations – thank you so much! Great professional speakers, totally relevant topics; 100% applicable to my job.” – Michelle Walker

Growing High Performance Teams through Mentoring [Webinar] 2013.04.22 at Noon

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Topic: “Growing High Performance Teams through Coaching & Mentoring”

Presenter: Peter Saddington C.S.T

22 April 2013 • 12 PM – 1PM EDT

Abstract
Did you know that over half of Nobel Prize winners were apprenticed by other Nobel laureates? To grow companies and teams to performance you have to take servant leadership to it’s logical conclusion: Intentionally mentoring and growing others. This is a time-tested and practiced art. As a volunteer life coach and marriage counselor and Organizational Consultant, I’m passionate about this art and would love to share with you how to take your teams to the next level of performance. Let it be known, this is a long, tough road, but the benefits are worth more than their weight in gold. Let’s talk about mentoring and how to get started, the 6 areas of a mentor relationship and 6 tips for mentors.

About the Presenter
Peter Saddington co-founded a successful Organizational Design Consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

Jira Jr. – Project Tracking for Kids?

I opened this up in the office and I literally said out loud: “Oh my goodness. You’ve got to be kidding me.”

I assume it’s an April fools joke… but reading the comments on this video was even better than the video itself…

For example:

Don Draper 13 hours ago

hah-hah, april foo? Jira is another sorry product turning engineers/creatives into robots and stifling imagination/innovation. There are better, more efficient products out there. shAtlassian prides itself on being the master of masturbatory mundaneness in tracking the superfluous to enable wanker managers to see how their cube bots slave away to make money for these corporate turds who haven’t the brains to be engineers themselves, but lie and cheat and stomp on people to get to the top.

People. Lighten up!