Agile 2013 is Coming #agile2013

Photo by Ron Cogswell

Photo by Ron Cogswell

The big Agile 2013 conference is coming up in Nashville, TN in a few weeks, and I thought I'd recommend a few sessions where I know the speakers and have seen their presentations [at least an early version]:

  • What's in your playbook? - Jay Packlick and Ty Crockett will be leading an iteractive session that can be used with teams to brainstorm options they can use during their sprints to ensure success--it's certain to be fun.
  • Building a Powerful Agile Learning Experience - Don McGreal's session will give attendees a toolkit to create simulations, games, and exercises to reinforce learning concepts with their teams and organizations.  Don is one of the co-founders of, which is a great resource for games, so he's an expert in this topic and a great presenter.
  • Reality Check for Agile Program Managers - Just how agile can a large and complex program be?  Brian Adkins and Susan Fojtasek will share their thoughts and experiences based on what to consider when managing a program and lead an interactive workshop for participants.
  • Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management - Kenny Rubin spoke on this topic in June to the DFW Scrum User Group, and his presentation is full of good information.   

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.