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#AP13 – A Big Thank You

Agile Practitioners 2013 conference is now over, and what a success is has turned out to be. And it is so tempting to think that this is about Practical Agile arranging this conference – well, it’s not.

On the other hand, in the “mania-depression” journey towards this conference, there are lows such as: “why would Boris GlogerDan NorthYves HanoulleMarcin Floryan and Markus Gärtner come to a conference organised by a tiny organisation in tiny Israel?”

Well, they did, as did eleven additional local speakers – and this is what it is about.

About 200 people came to see these magnificent experts talk, share their learning and expertise on agile, and influence the Israeli agile community.

Of course, this event would not be possible without help, financial and otherwise, and we are very grateful for the sponsors of this event: HPScrum AllianceExperisKanbanizeESL, and Bor!s Gloger. Also who produced this event.

We have received great feedback on the conference, some insightful and some overwhelmingly positive. Presentations of all the talks will be uploaded to the conference website in the coming days.

Some of the speakers have already started talking about their talks, so follow their blogs to find out what they thought. Here are three posts I found by Markus Gärtner,  Eilon Reshef and by Gil Zilberfeld

And finally a Big Thank You for all of you who took one or two days off work to be in the conference. Your participation is what makes it work. We will begin working on #AP14 pretty soon – if you have ideas on what will make it more relevant for you; if you didn’t come because something was missing from the program; if you had a A-Ha! moment on what you would like to see next – please let me/us know. This event was a success because of You – as will the next one be.

What has NATO got to do with agile practices?

In one of the most influential articles I have read on the values behind agile, Alistair Cockburn refers to the 1968 NATO conference.

The Science Committee that brought forward the task of assessing the field of computer science, and its recommendation in 1967 to hold a working conference on Software Engineering. The term Software Engineering did not publicly exist until then. It was chosen as being provocative deliberately, checking the boundaries between practicing computer programming and other established branches of engineering.

I have read this article several times, and keep coming back to it. To me, it explains quite a lot of what has happened in the 40 odd years following the conference.

Interestingly, in 1970 Dr. Winston Royce introduced the paper
“Managing the Development of Large Software Systems”, commonly known as the Waterfall process. This pseudo engineering form was described by Dr Royce himself as being flawed. Yet, it was, and largely still is, the most practiced methodology for software development for decades.

If you, like me, want to learn a little more on the history that led us to where we are today, you are more than welcome to the 5th meeting of Agile Practitioners IL.

Meet Gil Zilberfeld, and hear on the fascinating ten year history since the Agile Manifesto:

The Agile tribe war – A 10-year history lesson

In the beginning there was the Agile Manifesto, and everything looked peachy. And then the universe exploded.

10 years later, we’re in the (post?) agile era, where different tribes are off to win the “we were right” cup. There are the craftsmen, scrum people, lean people, the post-agilists, and everyone else in the middle trying to make sense of this thing called Agile, what really works and how much it really costs.

How come the agile principles that were supposed to be the Great Unifying Theory of software, opened a tribal war we’ve been seeing the last few years? Is agile the real answer, or simply a filler between the waterfall and the next hotness? 

Join me in a travel through time, to piece together a puzzle of politics, money, intrigue, and yes, even software, and come up with a better understanding of what the hell really happened here and where we’re going from here..

The meeting will take place at Amdocs offices in Raanana, Israel, on Sunday December 4th. Gathering and mingling starts at 17:30, and the talk starts at 18:00.

Hope to see you there!

And a quick reminder:

Agile Practitioners 2012 conference is offered at special Early Bird prices.

To view the program and to register, visit our website at

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