Southern Fried Agile was a GREAT success. We had a great turn-out for a first annual event and the caliber of speakers was topnotch. All of the presentations made during the conference are available for download on SlideShare.net (click link to visit).
My presentation can also be found there, titled “All You Need To Know Is That It’s Possible.” My presentation addresses many of the excuses I have heard teams make over the years as to why Agile could not work for them. Over time I came to find that most of these teams simply used this type of excuse to relieve themselves of the responsibility of having to try to make Agile work, a responsibility they would certain shoulder, but only if they allowed themselves to believe that the Agile approach might be able to offer the enormous gains that are touted. These same teams spend great deals of energy in convincing themselves to believe that it is simply not possible for Agile (or seemingly any better approach) to work with their unique, product, team, culture, organization, etc. They would tell me that they are just too different. This presentation seeks to make the case that it is often the limiting beliefs held by people that keep them from being able to succeed with Agile.
Hopefully I will see some of you at Agile2010 in Orlando in a couple of weeks, I will be tweeting non-stop for those of you that cannot make it. Follow me at @AgileAdvisor.