As I write this, I’m sitting at the Dallas airport, suffering through a 3 hour delay on my flight to Washington D.C. to present at our 2nd Agile in Action Roadshow with our friends from Electric Cloud, Perforce, and VersionOne. As I have the time, I’ve been reflecting on my time here in Dallas, and the phrase “Everything is big in Texas” is bang on. Before I get to that though, I have to say that I do love Dallas…I’m not totally sure, but I truly believe I’m treated a little more special because of my last name (which I casually mention whenever I get the chance). Nothing like having the same surname as a famous coach from the Dallas Cowboys!
Okay, so why do I think the Everything is big in Texas is accurate. For starters, my big delay is due to a big thunderstorm. My rental car preference is a Compact car, and what do I get? A Yukon…I’m not sure what is bigger, this vehicle, or the Canadian Territory with the same name.
I saw big hair, big hats, big rings, big belt buckles, big omelets, big waffles, and big enchiladas. What I also saw was a big enthusiasm for Agile development. We had a great turnout that was fully engaged from the instant the roadshow began, asking questions wanting to know more, sharing their experiences with others, visiting with the vendors and not leaving until they got the information they needed. I wrote a few weeks ago about Agile adoption and where it currently was, and participating in this event, and speaking with the attendees, it allowed me to gain some additional data points that only strengthened my beliefs on this…Agile is definitely growing, and in all industries. As I said before, I truly believe almost all organizations have some Agile developments teams.
Hopefully the enthusiasm I encountered in Dallas will follow us to Washington D.C. And I’m thinking I may want to introduce myself as Todd Ovechkin…