Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an afterthought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me.
This round: Agile2021
Every year I do a post about the big Agile Alliance conference. This was not the envision Agile2021 that I had hoped for. Denver was the location. I had thoughts of bringing people to my home. I had thoughts of being able to enjoy the new Gaylord just built here. I had expected to be connecting, learning, sharing, laughing and dancing – as is my usual AgileXX conference experience. But alas, Agile2021 was virtual. My expectations had to reset.
- My session with Diana Larsen. We did a session about Blame is NOT accountability. Every conversation and collaboration with Diana makes me a better person professionally and personally. Our support team, Jake and Larry were wonderfully helpful. Everything went smoothly in delivery. I had no need for wine!!
- The organizers’ effort. An in-person event is crazy and challenging. To switch as much as they did for this event, I tip my hat to the Agile Alliance staff, program organizers and volunteers. Thank you for providing this value to our community.
- Attending sessions. Partially because I didn’t have any conference organizer responsibility and partially because it was online and in different timezones, I was able to attend more sessions vs when I’m in person. Thank you to all the speakers that went above and beyond to deliver engaging material.
- Connect Lounge. I did get to participate a little in the virtual connections opportunities. I did a lean coffee right before my session, which completely got me amped and ready to do the session.
- Around the globe times – I found this to honor our global community much better than the in-person event.
Hopes and Wishes for Agile2022
I don’t want to say what I didn’t like as there is just not necessary. Virtual means a different game. Instead, I’m highlighting what I’m looking forward to in Nashville for Agile2022
- Hugs. There is nothing like walking down a hall and seeing that person, that mentor, that friend and knowing a huge hug is coming.
- Pictures. I honestly did consider taking a picture of my computer screen but was concerned people would mock me.
- Dinner/Drinks conversations. Some of the best learning and moments happen around the program too.
- Engagement. I completely understand the platform needs but I really am looking forward to being able to see the face of the person asking the question. Of the hum from the discussions at tables. Of the laughter and smiles as I crack a joke. Of the feedback and requests after the session or as you move around the conference.
- Energy. There is something about being in the room (multiple times) with so many curious, passionate, people-focused peeps. I feed off that and just couldn’t feel the connection virtually as much.