In February this year I attended the Play4Agile unconference for the first time, and more recently I attended the German Agile Coach Camp for the second time.
As it was a while ago now, I will just cover a few brief highlights:
We made a stop motion movie with Lego Duplo.
Some people had a blindfolded snow-fight. There is a longer video available here.
- We had a nice walk.
- We got a little bag of lego. I believe it was one of the bags in the 2000409-1: Window Exploration Bag
I also remember having a nice chat about the ALE network and conference. However I missed out on doing any actual Lego related activities (such as experiencing Lego Serious Play or using it for rapid prototyping), meditating, and helping develop the Kanban pizza game. I think there was just too much going on in the bar. Even at unconferences there is still a lot of learning going on between the organised sessions. Oh well there is always next year.
Here are some other reports:
- Bruce wrote about it on his blog.
- Pete wrote about a game he played there related to Kanban metrics.
- And I am not the only one just getting around to it 4 months later. Sven uploaded some photos a few days ago.
Earlier this month a very similar crowd met at the same location for the Agile Coach Camp DE 2013. The first session I attended was about changing organisational culture, but ended up being a discussion about the Schneider Model, which I am not the biggest fan of. One of the better sessions was the double session about Temenos. It seems like a fascinating tool to try out at work, but I don’t really feel qualified to attempt to do so just yet. I think it has significant power, and could go very wrong if facilitated by an inexperienced facilitator.
We played an interesting game with avatars, and how we can have a bit more safety when playing the perfection game by using archetypes as placeholders for our actual selves. We had some interesting chats about the Big-A Agenda, and self-organisation. The following day we did a quick scan through the book Liftoff, we organised a coaching exchange network. They created a google plus community, but as I understand it is also intended to create a Xing group.