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Reasons to present on Agile topics at "non-Agile" conferences


  • Submitted: Mon, 2016-06-13 16:45
  • Updated: Mon, 2016-06-13 16:45
Presenter: Phillip Rogers
  • Topic: Process
  • Type: 3 Minute Lightning Talk

I have twice been a presenter at a conference where myself and my co-presenter were breaking new ground, in the following ways: 1. Acting as "lone wolves" (we were the only people who presented on an Agile topic); 2. Acting as change agents by breaking new ground, presenting on a topic that had not previously been covered at that conference. In the first instance, the conference was IEEE Autotestcon (2015), and the topic was "Manual Testing’s Newfound Place in the Automated Testing World," where we described the usage of a tool called Rainforest QA for handling certain types of tests in Digital Media at NPR. In the second instance, the conference was the PMI Global Congress (2013), and the topic was "ITILity: Delivering Business Value via the Nexus of Lean-Agile and IT Service Management," where we sought to introduce the audience to DevOps concepts. My intention is to briefly describe my experiences at the two conferences, open the door to (follow-on) conversation about similar experiences others have had, and also seek to generate follow-up conversation about opportunities people might have in mind to speak at such "non-Agile" conferences in the near future.


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