This past week, I attended the Agile For All Humanizing Work Advanced Learning event. Essentially, this event is designed to help Agile For All alumni grow further along with their Agile mindset and skills. Just as last year, I found myself standing at the close of this event with all sorts of feelings that deserve to be acknowledged:
- Learning: I’m lucky. When I’m done presenting, I don’t need to take a break and recover. So when I wasn’t giving a session, I attended someone else’s session. I learned content, I learned tips on delivery, I learned about my teammates, etc! My energy level just doubled 🙂
- Grateful: Here I am in this amazing location of Beaver Creek surrounded by people that have formed new bonds and insights over the last several days. Not everyone gets to say that they love what they do for work. I do! Again, I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to say that 🙂
- Together: Given that we live in various locations and are not together often, I appreciate events that facilitate us coming together. Time together to talk, laugh…simply engage is so important.
- Pride: This was an amazing event for attendees and facilitators. I am proud to be a part of providing this experience. I am proud to have these colleagues. And I am proud that I am helping to make a difference.
- Reconnecting: One of my former colleagues attend this event and just getting to see him was wonderful. Add that to getting to spend some time talking and learning, well, the memories just come flooding back.
- Experimenting: I got to experiment with a couple of new sessions ideas. Two I loved, one was not bad and the other was…well, probably never going to happen again. It wasn’t horrific but I realized that I didn’t have passion for the topic as much and covering it within a session of a limited timeframe just doesn’t do the subject justice. That said, I experimented and tried!
- Shared: I definitely felt more ownership of this event vs last year. We all had a part and supported each other.
- Ideas: Not everything ran smoothly, so I have ideas of what we should evolve for next year. Also, I had a few moments of “what if we do this next year” brand new ideas. I’m looking forward to our retro!
- Family: This year I brought my family. Even though I wouldn’t see them all day, we did get to spend time in the evenings. They got to have a wonderful vacation. And the best part, my teammates got to meet my husband and kids.
I’m already looking forward to next year!
What conferences do you enjoy/recommend?