Recently, I was the keynote for Agile Midwest. I was the first session of the day and then my responsibilities were complete. I spent the rest of the day attending various sessions. I was able to sit and truly listen. My phone wasn’t go off. I wasn’t worried about if tasks were getting done. I wasn’t wondering if others were enjoying sessions. I’ve been helping with conference organization for so long that being attendee was quite an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
I know that I’ve given appreciation to organizers and volunteers in the past but this experience continued to highlight how different a conference can be. So as I enjoy my mostly retired conference organizing role, I am grateful to others that help provide the wonderful learning opportunity that I had at Agile Midwest. I was able to take a few great nuggets of information and inspired ideas from Jeffrey Cook’s Group Glue: The connective power of how simple questions lead to great conversations and Wayde Stallman’s 3 minute improv games to improve your teams.
So thank you chairs, organizers and volunteers. This attendee is extremely grateful!