Without much of prior art, a conference has been organized in Budapest / Hungary about agile software project management. It is called Optional Conference and I’ve been lucky enough to participate. I don’t want to give you every detail of the event (you can find the agenda here: www.optionalconference.org/ ), but rather provide a short and highly subjective outburst of my impressions. I’m writing this as the closing session is going on, so I have the full picture by now but my memories are still fresh.
What I liked a lot was that the conference was a healthy mix of traditional conference stuff (keynotes, breakouts, sponsor company booths, prizes drawn for filling out surveys, Coke and pogácsa in the coffee breaks etc.) and newer techniques like open space for spontaneous topics (I also moderated one about comparing Scrum and Kanban) as well as 2 people continuously drawing infographics on big flipchart paper sheets on the walls during the sessions, documenting everything in this very nice way.
Briefly about the sessions: the ones I liked the most were Jurgen Appelo talking about change management and Boris Gloger’s speech about how to enable self-organizing teams as a leader.
A BIG WELL DONE! to Bodó Árpád Zsolt (conference chair) and the team!