Our team attended the AGILE2016 conference in Atlanta last week. AGILE offers the opportunity to learn from world-class experts and thought leaders while networking and collaborating with up to 2,500 Agile professionals from over 40 countries.
It was a great event and we are exhausted!
Here are some highlights from the conference:
Jurgen Appelo Managing for Happiness Keynote
Jurgen Appelo gave the opening keynote talk, Managing for Happiness, Appelo’s message to attendees was– managers don’t understand how to manage and motivate people. His talked proved powerful and he left the crowd with tangible takeaways to take home and use. View the slides here.
I really enjoyed hearing his ‘12 Steps to Happiness“, backed by scientific research, that can make people happier and more motivated at work:
Thank someone and be appreciative of your colleagues every single day
Give something to another person or make it possible for others to offer gifts
Help someone who is in need of assistance or enable colleagues to help each other
Eat well, and make good, healthy food available for everyone
Exercise and work out regularly and make it easy for people to take care of their bodies
Rest well, sleep sufficiently and enable colleagues to refresh their minds
Experience new things, try stuff out, and let people run all kinds of experiments
Hike outdoors, enjoy nature, and allow people to escape from the office and the city
Meditate and get people to learn and adopt mindfulness practices
Socialize, relate to other people, and make it easy for colleagues to develop connections
Aim for a goal and get people to understand and realize their own purpose
Smile whenever you can, appreciate humor and get colleagues to engage in fun activities
I have not had a chance to read his book yet, also named Managing for Happiness, but after hearing Jurgen during AGILE2016 I am adding it to my To Read List.
The QASymphony Above Atlanta Happy Hour
We had a fun happy hour at The Sun Dial, one of Atlanta’s most remarkable restaurants, with some thought leaders, customers and prospects in town. After a long day at the conference, it was nice to get away from the conference to unwind, look at the beautiful views of Atlanta (from 72 stories up!) and hang out with some great people.
The booth was home base for the QASymphony team. We talked to over 200 people, learned about their testing frustrations and needs, and had a ton of fun handing out “Professional Beer Tester” koozies, frisbees, stickers and more. The “What Kind of Software Tester Are you” Quiz is always a hit at shows– you can take the quiz here if you missed it at our booth.