As some of you might already know, Agile2009 is coming around the corner (next week). My colleage Syrous Delavari-Maraghi and I are attending the conference. This year it has over 300 sessions over the course of a week. Planning attendence could be a daunting task. The organizers provides us with various ways to navigate the conference schedule.
Filter by personas, levels, dates, etc. ThoughtWorks even built a cool iPhone app to help.
Fundamentally, I believe in order to make such an event successful for me, I must first define what success means to myself. One way to define success is by Acceptance Criterias. Here is a list for me to start with:
- Can I bring back cool & engaging information to my team(s) so that they will say, “I want to try that!”?
- Do I have a better understanding of the current state and trends of the Agile movement?
- Did I learn new techniques and insights in how to introduce change in an organization?
- Did I learn new techniques in refactoring and testing?
- Do I have a better handle on measuring Agility?
- Did I find new ways to be a more effective coach/mentor?
- Did I learn effective ways to clarify, communicate and leverage Customer’s Business Values.
- Have I made some new friends?
- Was I inspired?
- Did I have fun?
If I can answer “Yes” to all of the Acceptance Criterias, then my expectations are met. By that, my attendance will be a glorious success 🙂