In mid-February 2001, 17 influential software developers gathered in a cold winter resort in Utah. They arrived with an assortment of winter clothing and their views on how to create software. After 3 days, they left with a better appreciation of skiing and the now legendary agile manifesto.
Since 2003, the Agile Business Conference (ABC) has been a gathering place for software professionals from around the world. The event should appeal to anyone with an interest in the effective application of agile. As a software development company, we were keen to attend and learn from the experience.
The growth of the agile community over the past 12 years has been astounding. Most of our clients, today, either use this methodology already or are keen to find out more about it. It has been our default way of working since 2004. We decided to invite some of our customers to join us for the 2 day event and listen to a selection of the thought leaders in this area.
It was a great chance for people that we work with to meet up and chat with each other. We hosted a private, informal dinner after the first day giving everyone the opportunity to indulge in some good food and some equally impressive conversations. There was no set agenda and there was certainly no shortage of interesting ideas and discussions.
Julian Holmes, a speaker at the conference, came along and fuelled our debates with his own experiences in the industry. As a values driven company, we really wanted our clients to learn a little more about how we work with different organisations. It was a very interesting and insightful couple of days. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.