The journey started with the keynote session by Paulo Caroli who talked about Lean Inception, nice.
After that I attended to the session “Como acabar con a cultura do héroi” by Ceci Fernandez. The session was very interactive, in fact Ceci acted more as a moderator that a presenter, I liked it.
During the lunch break I left the conference to visit the city. I went to the “Praça da Libertade” neighborhood and visit the Museum of Mines and Metals.
Around 3 pm I went back the conference to listen Luis Parzianello in his session about Business Owners. Really interesting. After the session I had the chance to talk with Luis and his viewpoint on Agility and Transformations really surprised me: “The business needs answers now, it can wait for IT to change, there no more time, if the IT people is not ready to give fast and solid solutions, then they should leave and the organization should get new people ready for the challenge” (these were not his words but my summary of what he told me). I am totally agree with this and it surprised me because most of the “Agile Coaches” I know always try to “change people” without even considering the option of firing people.
The last session of the day was an “out-of-the-box” keynote by Carla Link who talked about several, non-IT, initiatives for a better society. It was a very inspiring session.
As usual, the day ended sharing some drinks and talks with all the participantes, this time at Mercado Novo.
This is my first time at AgileBrazil and here is my summary of day 1.
The opening keynote session was in charge of Woody Zuill who talked about Mob Programming. Even when I was already familiar with this technique it was a valuable session. I got some interesting tips and arguments to use when trying to convince people to try mob programming.
After the keynote I spent most of the day in the WBMA session where I presented my paper about Agile in the Undergraduate Curricula. Beyond the presented papers I made some academic contacts. It is amazing for me how difficult is for some researches to present their work in a clear way. Beyond this issue, there were a couple of studies about different agile practices that were really interesting for me.
One session I really liked, beyond those of the WBMA, was the one presented by Vini Andrade who talked about Continuous Delivery at NuBank.
Beyond the sessions I had the opportunity to do some networking and also meet colleagues I already knew like Luis Parzianello, Lula Rodriguez and Maria Augusta.
I don’t speak Portuguese but when Brazilians speak slowly I am able to understand some stuff. But in the main room there is translation service (Portuguse-English) that was a great deal for me.