So… just a day ago I got back from the RallyON 2011 conference out in Boulder, CO. If I were to sum up my experiences in one sentence it would be: “An awesome-sauce of a time.” – Need help translating?
I believe this was probably one of the best Agile conferences I’ve been to ever. Ryan Martens (@rallyon) and his incredible team put together one of the most interactive and fun conferences that simply gave back to the community of practice what is desperately needed: An opportunity to talk about what they wanted to talk about.
Would you pay to go to a conference, hotels, rental car fees, etc and find out that Day 2 of the conference was… open to whatever people wanted to talk about with no agenda??? Well, that’s exactly what happened, and it worked. The Open Space during day 2 was fantastic. There was so much information and learning going on you could almost cut it with a knife.
So instead of just ranting about how #epic it was, I’m going to just put together some bullet points of highlights that were just dandy:
- Getting to hear Ryan Martens speak about “living the dream.” – You had to be there!
- Getting to see how passionate the Rally Software people are about their work in the Agile space.
- Day 1 – Tons of great speakers talking about everything from Kanban to building great Agile teams – [[Get all the notes of Day 1 here]]***
- Beautiful downtown Boulder – I think the happiest people in the world all live in Boulder, seriously.
- A beautiful hotel – St. Juliens – Highly recommend going there.
- A social experiment with a kick-butt crew from StackExchange (@aalear and @mpmobile) – Bringing community building to a conference worked! Taking questions from the conference and crowd-sourcing online communities to answer them. #winning
- Networking with some of the most passionate and helpful Agile coaches around!
- Day 2 – Open Space – What more can I say? This was really neat! [[Get all the notes of Day 2 here]]***
- My open space talk on Agile and Social Media
- Continual Agile-conversation, from the conference to talking over good Boulder, CO local food joints.
- Again, and I cannot stress this enough for me: Meeting some of the most passionate, helpful, and happy people in the Agile community. Thumbs up!
All in all the conference was top notch. The only downside was that I got stuck in Denver because of a sudden blizzard. ~
Thanks again Ryan Marten and your Rally crew, you guys did an amazing job. I’m already looking forward to the next one!