I have had the pleasure of attending and speaking at both Lean Agile Systems Thinking (AKA LAST) conferences in Australia this year. The event in Melbourne was a jam-packed journey of discovery over 2 days. The event in Sydney was a group of hardcore agilists keepin’ it real for a laser-focused day.
Mad props to everyone involved – I had a spectacular time.
And now we have LAST in Canberra! I want to personally invite all my Agile peeps to both submit sessions and to attend.
The event is September 14 and is sure to be a stellar conference.
Now I know some Aussies will be all like “Canberra, yuck.” As a Yank living in Canberra, I like it. In fact, I am asking you to reconsider your opinion of Canberra. And what better way than to attend LAST in Canberra and explore the Canberra I know and love.
In the spirit of this, I am offering the following reasons why you will like Canberra:
There is NO traffic. I mean, seriously. I look forward to my daily commute driving. Come visit and enjoy driving again!
The Australian War Memorial is dope. The conflict of WWI profoundly affected the culture of Australia, and this is the place to learn about it. Full stop. And all of the other museums are world-class and wonderful to visit.
The 2015 World Barista Champion, Saša Šestić, is from Canberra and runs 3 coffee shops here. That’s right, Melbourne.
Canberra has the lowest crime and murder rate in the country, and the highest safety index. You can walk around at night with impunity!
The average temperature in September is 10 ℃, which is wonderful. Not too hot, not too cold.
The restaurant and bar/pub scene is growing and getting better every day.
Most of you city-type-Aussies have probably never seen a kangaroo outside of a zoo. Well, you can see them in town here! It’s like an Aussie safari, you can see all types of cool wildlife in many of the parks.
Well, I hope this means you will consider attending LAST in Canberra and taking advantage of what this lovely city has to offer. It’s not ALL bad.
Shoaib is now leading a Lean Coffee in Belconnen that alternates with the CBD session! Mad props to Shoaib for leading the charge and dedicating his time to make Lean Coffee a success in Canberra. So now we have the Belco topics to summarize below:
Agile workspaces and dispersed team remediation
What are the most important Agile values in todays organizations?
Why the opposition to Scrum?
Agile delivery governance versus Waterfall governance, what’s the difference?
Do you need a PM, DM, and SM in one project?
Becoming an agile coach
Is this a suitable time for Lean Coffee?
What are the leading agile organizations in Australia?
What is Crystal method and should I use it?
So regarding point #9, I am assuming thats “method” and not “meth” 🙂
We look forward to seeing more interesting topics discussed in Belco!
This was a special Lean Coffee Monday! Because it was Canberra Day on Monday, we held this session on Tuesday. And because it was on Tuesday, our usual haunt was booked and we moved venues to Highball Express. So right after Lean Coffee we got to take Salsa dancing lessons in a Cuban speakeasy!
As always, topics in order below and discussed topics bolded.
Innovating in large organizations
What agile metrics resonate with leadership?
Best advice for starting Lean in Australia. With an existing product.
What are the “must haves” for Product Managers?
HCD + Agile
(Just listening today!)
BTW – thanks to our awesome sponsor eWAY! They had some nice gifts waiting for us…