Can’t believe it was just 3 weeks ago that I had the privilege of attending the 2014 Agile conference. F’in amazing, awareness, eye opening, networking and learning week. My mind is still blown about how enjoyable it was! Call me a dork.
We arrived just in time on Sunday night to fireworks at Disney from the plane!
Then we met up with these sexy people in the morning to plot our way through this massive conference. There were so many breakout sessions to choose from. I would have 3-4 at a time to pick from. Having veterans with you was tremendously helpful.
My first session was an exercise in team work and role shifting. I had been through something like this before so I did my best to keep my mouth shut about what I knew was coming in round 3. “Can I get a prototype please?” No, I’ll make my own until I get one then.
After the first session, I went through my swag bag. Thought I had a tin of mints. Nope, not Mints. Scooby. The magnetic mouse. He wanted to be a Yoga mouse doing the tree pose.
Another session was about Kanban board creativity. It was great to see the brainstorming and ideas come out from a room of strangers! Ours was a video game based coin system. Another was a car wash. Spider webs.
Monday night was our reception party. Who knew we’d encounter this?!
K was not interested in the snake. I, having worked at a zoo before, was fine with a docile snake. In the wild, hell no.
He appeared to really like me too. Nuzzled right in there.
Of course, I found the lone Dummies mascot!
Then the magic happened!
I love magic acts. My Dad and I will sit and replay them on TV analyzing them to figure out how the hell they are doing it. This guy walks up to our table with a deck of cards. Bring it! And…. I knew the card he placed under the candle was my card, but I didn’t see his slight of hand in shuffling that got it there. Urg. Then came the bunnies. He placed *1 foam bunny* in my hand which I knew would turn into 2. So I said to him, “Well, I know there are 2 bunnies in there now but I don’t know how you did it!” As he went around the table, the bunnies kept mating. Blew JS’ mind!
Another slight of hand moment. Don’t leave your phone unattended around these people. Or your background photo becomes this…
Because all week, we’ve been absorbing minds that wear costumes to present in like this…
A lot of Agile is about visuals, Loved this one!
Put up my own stickie.
Midway through the week we got to be part of the conference by running a live innovation game with Sococo on our experience. It was broadcast in the exhibitor booth. It was actually quite tense for us, but after a few minutes, we got the hang of it.
JS had to get a pic of this shirt. I posed for photo op to not look obvious.
We were treated to a night at the City Walk after a long week of learning. Who knew a mariachi band would play Wrecking Ball?!
More sexy people from all over the world in our crew this week!
We had some time to kill before our return flight, so what better to do than outlet shop!
And make K do stupid shit like this!
Bye bye Agile Alliance. My brain still hurts.
At the lake, I try not to think about work and get away. The weekend after the conference, with these smokin’ shades… I was ready to change the world!