I've had some prospective clients say "We tried agile but it failed." Of course the person I was talking to wasn't involved in the project and couldn't give me any details, but I wonder if it went along the lines of this article on "Agile" failure.
So yesterday I went to OKC to present on Agile Development in Microsoft .NET. I spoke at a noon and an evening session, which is a fun way to do things. You get to refine your presentation for the second delivery. Today I'm supposed to be flying to Toronto for the Agile 2008 conference. I was really looking forward to being there today and tomorrow to staff the Improving booth and attend some sessions. But, "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley." I missed my first flight out, the second one was canceled (probably to save on costs) and the third and final flight is now suspended due to maintenance issues. If I have to fly up tomorrow instead, I'll be missing have of the 3rd day and therefore one half of the full conference. It's probably not worth the trip, at that point.
Another thing that made me really want to go is that I've been nominated for the board of the Agile Alliance. The board had a meeting yesterday, are taking votes today, and are announcing the election winners tomorrow. I was expecting to be there for the announcements and hoping to win a seat so I can further my mission of bring Agile methods to traditionally non-agile corporate developers using Microsoft technologies. If you're a member, go vote for me!
Well, they just announced that they have a plane for us, so I'm off to another terminal. Wish me luck!
On Monday, August 4th, I'm speaking at the Oklahoma City .Net Developers Group lunch and dinner meetings about software development with Agile methods using Microsoft .NET. I plan to cover the basic principles of the Agile movement and why it's gaining so much momentum, as well as best practices for the software developer and some good tools to support them in the .NET world.
I hope to see some friends there from my time working with Chesapeake Energy. CHK was my first customer to install, configure, and use Visual Studio Team System when the 2005 version was still in beta. I wonder how their Agile adoption is going. Anyway, if you're in the OKC area, come out for either the lunch or dinner meeting and say hello. Address and directions are on the left side of the meeting announcement page.