ACE! Conference 2015

ACE! Conference 2015 is (unfortunately) over. Great time, great people, great event!

It was the first time I attended an agile conference, and I have to admit, I enjoyed it. I listened to few really interesting talks, and I had some interesting conversations with other attendees. There were also some very interesting discussions during the Open Space Market.

Some comments and things to remember:

  • Talk with people during breaks. Choose random victim and start the conversation. 🙂
  • Badges / achievements seems to be a cool idea (not sure if the link is right: http://signup.badgerbadger.io/)
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow was probably the most often mentioned book during this conference. All kind of biases were also mentioned many times.
  • Some conferences do WiFi right – ACE! did.
  • 250 people is a very reasonable number. The rooms and corridors were full but not overcrowded.
  • It seems there are at least few (small) companies in Cracow getting quite well with flexible working time, flat hierarchy, netflix-like culture, and some ideas taken straight from Jurgen Appelo’s books. Good!
  • You are very lucky if your team is collocated.
  • Some people like to work with stars programmer, while others would happily get rid of them (cause they harm company’s culture).
  • Many teams start with http://hipchat.com and then move to http://slack.com Never heard of any team moving in the opposite direction.
  • Do not build cool products but rather solve problems of your customers.
  • Feedback – important thing! https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psychology-writers/201206/giving-good-constructive-feedback
  • I loved the fact, that the organisers were able to improve some things the 2nd day, after reading feedback from the 1st day. Kudos!

My ugly slides are available at Slideshare:

It was good to see you there! Thank you all!

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