Socrates Canaries is the Spanish stage of the International Software Craftsmanship Gathering, a series of events for open-minded software developers who want to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole. The local Software Craftsmanship community in the Canary Islands organizes it.
The Agile Open Camp Argentina conference is a Agile event that wants to gather Agile and Scrum practitioners of Argentina and Latin America to share knowledge and experiences about Agile and Scrum approaches to software development and project management. All the talks will be in Spanish.
Organizations invest in agile processes, tools, training, and coaching, but how much are they getting back? Has product delivery improved? How much happier are users and the business customers? Are employees empowered and enabled? Traditional metrics might give you insight into improvements of operational efficiency, but the real conversation is about the value created for your organization by the improved processes. Without measuring value, the success of any agile initiative is based on nothing more than intuition and assumption.
It all starts with doing the right thing. Agile has not changed the old computer wisdom of “garbage in, garbage out”. This is why Allan Kelly last book is dedicated to the art of Agile product ownership. As he wrote: “If a Scrum Master performs badly, the team simply fails to perform well. If the Product Owner performs badly, the whole product is in jeopardy”.
Agile development starts with small Scrum teams tackling small problems. After some initial successes the organization gets more ambitious, and tries to get more teams tackling bigger problems. At some point these endeavors run headlong into organizational finance and governance structures from a different era, designed with huge projects in mind, and it usually doesn’t end well.