Agile Product Management and a lively talk about modern software development by Alistair Cockburn were the themes of the day. The day started off with a hotel breakfast buffet at 6:30. One thing I rarely miss when I travel is a good breakfast to start the day.
My speaking opportunity was, um, unique. Basically a bunch of stages set up around all the food. Oh, and also starting at 7:45 AM. I was able to rush through my presentation and still answer a few questions.
Next was the keynote speaker, Alistair Cockburn. He arrived in dramatic fashion with a bag pipe player leading him onto to the stage, then quickly started reciting a famous passage from Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar, changing key words from the original play to a more “Agile” flavour. Quite entertaining really. He then proceeded to talk about the main pillars of Agile, interjecting personal experiences and anecdotes. Everyone seemed quite engaged with his talk and gave him a great ovation when he was finished.
We attended the Product Manager/Product Owner Dilemma session presented by Rich Mironov. Very entertaining presenter who identified the key differences between Product Owners and Product Managers. Key takeaways for me were 1) that the overlap between the Agile community and Product Management was very small; 2) Agile development is a big part of business agility; and 3) the Product Owner role adds 40-60% more work than the traditional PM role. Overall a good presentation that concluded with a spirited Q&A discussion.
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