Last week we hosted the 1st Agile Connect meetup in Lisbon, to an audience of about 20 developers, sysadmins and managers. I couldn’t be more proud of the outcome of this event, as the engagement of the audience was way above what I was expecting.
After a short intro by Nuno Gomes on the Portuguese Scrum Community past and future, the always nice Marco Silva presented ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) and it’s value in organizations (not necessarily Microsoft focused). In the end, we held an OST where everyone participated and Joaquim, an audience member, even took the task of leading the OST and explaining the concept to everyone.
It’s incredibly rewarding to witness such an active vibe from people interested in Agile here in Portugal. Known for being quite a bureaucratic country and miles behind in productivity, this meetup has proven that there’s people in organizations of all shapes and sizes, and in all kinds of roles, that are willing to push their workspaces into delivering value faster and working better.
As I started my hosting duties, and after a short dance to get the state up (it can get worse), I shared how I see the impact of Agile and Lean in general. It’s not (just) about delivering projects faster and being a happier team. It’s about delivering more value and faster to end-users. That’s the real impact. Take the recent example of healthcare.gov. It directly impacts the health of US citizens. The faster and better it’s done, more users will be healthier and more lives will be saved.
We’ll be doing one meetup every first Thrusday of each month, so stay tuned at https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Connect-Lisbon/. Feel free to suggest topics and propose your own topic.
Side note: there is also an Agile Connect Porto.
Here’s a (crappy) video of the meetup.