It’s hard to summarize all the things that happened during last week in one post, so I decided to break it in smaller posts to keep them short and interesting. Overall, Agile 2008 was great: about 1600 participants from 39 countries (I met over 10 brazilians there! That’s much better than being the only one in 2006), the majority being first-time attendants. With more than 40 concurrent sessions at each 1:30h slot, it’s hard to give a fair summary of what happened there, that’s why I decided to talk about My Agile 2008.

My Agile 2008 Mind Map

Networking is always good at these conferences: I got to see some old friends and also met a bunch of interesting people: ThoughtWorkers from around the world (we were around 30 presenting/attending the conference), Kiko from Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu), the guys from the Paris Dojo, and a lot of other people that you share ideas with at the bar, the Ice Breaker, the Banquet, and all social events.

The whole conference was organized around the concept of a music festival, having different Stages (with Producers and everything). My personal favorites this year were the Open Jam (self-organizing conference) and the Muzik Masti (a room with instruments and a lot of geek/musicians jamming).

Dan North on the Drums

In the next posts, I will share my experiences presenting and running a Coding Dojo at the conference, as well as some of my take away lessons from the sessions, keynotes, and conversations. Stay tuned! :-)

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