Last Friday, my SDW software engineering colleagues and I attended Southern Fried Agile, a Charlotte area conference sponsored by a number of agile specialists from around the country.
Skookum Digital Works swears by agile software development, and it was great to come together with other local agile disciples to swap strategies and learn a little more about how to work effectively with clients and internal teams.
Twenty presentations were spread across five sessions at the day long conference. Ranging from "Project Manager's Transition to Agile" to "Practices of A Great Product Owner," the sessions were geared toward new converts to agile and seasoned veterans alike.
There were no designated tracts throughout the day, so each participant was encouraged to wander from room to room, creating a personally curated experience. Some sessions were also repeated to maximize flexibility.
My favorite speaker was Steve Davis of Davisbase Consulting. His presentation, "Achieving Positive Cultural Change" was inspiring in that he provided specific examples of situations where the transition to agile, after initial growing pains, paid off in spades for many different industries.
Filled with poignant quotes and suggestions for further reading, there was a wealth of information gathered from Steve's presentation. After hearing Davis speak, the delivery team at SDW has added a number of books to the management book club we've recently started.
Though agile software development is a relatively new way to develop software, Southern Fried Agile encapsulated many of the techniques and best practices into one solid day. Count us in for a southern fried return to the event next year.