Small is Beautiful – The Evolution of Agile to Complex, Multi-Project Environments

Posted on February 21st, 2008 in Agile, Meeting by siddharta || 1 Comment

Sanjiv Augustine will be giving a talk in Chennai on the 22nd of Feb (Friday). The talk is free to attend, but seats are limited. If you’d like to attend the talk, you can register yourself on the wiki at

Where: Gandhinagar Club (Adayar) [Map]
When: 6:00 PM, Friday, 22 Feb
Cost: Free!

This is the same time and venue as the Martin Fowler talk last week.

More information about the talk is available at

Martin Fowler talk on Agile Software Development in Chennai, 12 Feb

Posted on February 7th, 2008 in Agile, Meeting by siddharta || 2 Comments

Martin Fowler will be in Chennai on the 12th of Feb (Tuesday). He’ll be giving a talk on Agile Software Development. The talk is free to attend. If you are into Agile and are in Chennai, this is a fantastic opportunity to listen to Martin and interact with him.

Where: Gandhinagar Club (Adyar) [Map]
When: 6:00 PM, Tuesday, 12th Feb
Cost: Free! :)


Add your name to the event wiki (the password is agile)

About Martin Fowler:

Well, whats there to say? Co-author of the Agile Manifesto, Chief Scientist at Thoughtworks, prolific author with classics on
Refactoring, Patterns and XP and extremely popular speaker.

If you’ve never heard him speak, this is an opportunity you can’t miss. And if you’ve heard him before, you already know why you should be attending :)


If you are not in Chennai, here are some other places where you can catch Martin Fowler speak

Meeting Facilitation for Agile Teams

Posted on August 28th, 2007 in Agile, Management, Meeting, organisation by siddharta || 7 Comments

One of the more important aspects of general management is facilitating meetings. It’s rather surprising how boring most meetings are. Given the frequency of occurrence you would have thought that people would have gotten pretty good at it. But no, most meetings are dull, boring and go on for far too long.

The ability to have good meetings becomes even more important when doing agile software development, because there is a lot more emphasis on social interaction when compared to traditional processes. Indeed, one of the core skills of being a good Scrum Master, Coach or Project Manager in an agile setting is to be a good facilitator. Almost all agile processes have a meeting to plan the iteration (eg. Sprint Planning meeting in Scrum), a daily standup meeting and a closing iteration retrospective or reflection meeting. Key to the success of agile is the ability to keep these meetings short, interesting and productive and thats where the facilitation skill of the Scrum Master or Project Manager comes into the picture.

As a result, I’m always on the lookout for good, interesting articles and books on meeting facilitation. Here are some ideas, click the link name to go to the original article.

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