This was my first visit to Brazil, and I was very overwhelmed by the energy of the conference as well as the size. There were 500-600 attendees, three times bigger than Agile Japan. I felt that Brazil is more advanced in adoption of Agile than Japan(my InfoQ article — “What has happened and is happening in Japan’s Agile movement”).
The keynotes were Jim Highsmith’s Adaptive Leadership: Accelerating Organizational Agility and Joshua Kerievsky’s Prioritizing Happiness.
Joshua’s talk was so interesting, in which he extended the Lean Concept “from Concept to Cashe” to the Lean Startup concept “from Idea to Happiness”. Joshua’s talk was about Leanstartup, which is becoming big in these years. And he was wearing a “Leanstartup” T-shirts! (I missed to take pictures)
I was also surprised that there are two other talks about LeanStartup including my friend Alex Gomes.
I did two talks at the conference.
The first one is “Learning Kaizen fromTOYOTA”. In the talk, I show the audience a video of a factory reconstruction, based on Lean Thinking (TPS: Toyota Production System). It is about making the production line lean, but it includes a lot of principles still effective in software development world. Actually, I shared many parallels in our world and shared the roots of Lean concepts including Kaizen(Continuous Improvement), Gemba(Go see), Muda-Dori(Waste Elimination), WIP limitation, Customer Pull, and “People” as the center of the process.
The other one is “Exploring User Stores Through Mindmapping”. As you all know, gathering requirements or “User Stories” is always a challenging activity in Agile or in any other approaches. The primary factors that make this activity effective are communication and facilitation skills of the interviewer. In this session, so I proposed using mind mapping that focuses on those primary factors to explore “User Wish” — a vague shape of user requirements before it is written into a form of User Stories.
For further information of my talks at Agile Brazil, please visit my site, especially set up for the attendees. (This page is written in Portuguese! )
Appendix: Here’s a mindmap of tweets of my talks.(drawn by Astah)