Tuesday, July 25

Unleash your inner bonobo!

2 days into Agile 2006 it has already been a fantastic conference.

First day highlights (Sunday) included a hilarious talk by Linda Rising where she spoke about the Bonobo species of ape, and how Agile may be tapping into the peaceful, loving and sharing natures of our evolutionary past.

The "Ice Breaker" was excellent and I got to talk to Ward Cunningham there about his interest in biological computing that he has used to create electronic art such as the "LED Throwie Talkie" that uses a single chip computer to blink the morse code of a wikipedia article about graffiti.

The first full day (Monday) was good fun. I went to a workshop with Joshua Kerievsky where we test-drove his new refactoring playing cards (coming soon) similar to the excellent extreme programming playing cards.

I bumped into Alistair Cockburn who spoke about his new passions: wiki, shoes, poetry and text-books.

There was a faccinating talk about the different "Agile Styles" from Kent (XP), Mary (Lean), Ken (SCRUM), David (FDD) Jean (DSDM) and Alistar (Crystal) that you can watch online (in a week or so) on the latest site from Floyd Marinescu (The Server Side founder): infoq.com

I had a wonderful time last night at Mary and Tom Poppendieck's home where they held a fabulous cook-out complete with a tent, fresh corn, smores and a keg of beer. There were lots of interesting people there including some great people from NASA and Microsoft apart from the usual crowd of authors.

After all this I returned to the hotel bar where a bunch of ThoughtWorkers played Carcassonne and Munchkin with Martin till the wee hours of the morning.

And all of that in the first two days.. Wish me luck with day 3.


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