Vote for my AgileDC Personal Kanban Workshop

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Submitting my Personal Kanban workshop to AgileDC

This year, AgileDC will be held October 21 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University.  Coming off the popularity and success of my Personal Kanban workshop at Agile2014, I decided to submit an encore workshop to the AgileDC conference


I need your help!

Unlike in prior years where the conference organizers picked who would make the cut and who would not, this year it appears they are using Conference Engine and crowd sourcing it.

 How does it work?

1. Click on the link that takes you to my session  You and read about my proposed session. If you weren’t at Agile2014, this will be an encore workshop.

2. Click on the heart to “vote up” my workshop

3. Go to the Login page.  Login with one of your favorite social networks. (see image)

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4. You may get routed back to the main Confengine website. If that’s the case, click on my link again.

5. Click on the heart to “vote up” my workshop


Your vote is much appreciated!

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Feedback from Agile2014 Personal Kanban workshop

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wowThe votes and comments are in!

A little over a week ago, I led a Personal Kanban workshop at Agile2014.  It was to be both informative and interactive. Below is what Agile Alliance sent me.

Dear Derek Huether,

Thank you for presenting at the Agile Alliance Agile2014 Conference; your session helped make the conference a real success!

Please find attached the raw feedback data (including comments) for your session entitled “At home and work, how to get more stuff done. An introduction to Personal Kanban”, in which 14 attendees left feedback.

The feedback questions are based on a 5 rating scale, with 5 being the highest score.

Your average ratings are shown below:

  • Session Meets Expectations: 4.57
  • Recommend To Colleague: 4.71
  • Presentation Skills: 4.71
  • Command Of Topic: 4.86
  • Description Matches Content: 4.79
  • Overall Rating: 4.79

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My AgileDC 2011 Session

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AgileDC has come and gone but not without sharing memories with old friends and new.  It was great to meet Rory McCorkle of PMI, Howard Sublett of Big Visible, and countless others.  Peter Saddington (of AgileScout) and I even had a chance to hang out, go out for steaks, and have a few drinks.

I have to say, AgileDC was a great event.  It was sold out and I scrambled to get tickets for my PMI-ACP learners.  There is something very cool about conferences.  Everyone there has something in common.  Foolishly, I thought I had to pick between the PMI Congress and the AgileDC event.  Jesse Fewell proved that it can be done.  Since we haven’t had a chance to meet up face-to-face since the PMI NAC 2010, it was great to catch up a little.  As long as the PMI Congress 2012 is not scheduled on the same day as AgileDC next year, I plan to be there.  Now I just need to get my session ready to submit to PMI!

I want to thank everyone who attended my session, When PMI Introduced the Elephant in the Room.  I’ll save details about my session for another blog post. Special thank you to Tonianne DeMaria Barry , co-author of Personal Kanban for attending my session.  Strange how you can “know” so many people from Twitter and never meet them in person.  I guess I just need to get out more.

My session was well received (no fruits or vegetables were thrown) and I received some really positive feedback.  The common note was “Wanted to hear more about the PMI-ACP”.

I even convinced Richard Chang of Excella to wear a muscle suit!  In appreciation to him putting him self out there and being an Agile Leader, I won’t publish the photos of him.  What happened at AgileDC will stay at AgileDC.

Speaking at AgileDC 2011


I’m happy to announce that I will be speaking at AgileDC 2011.  My session, When PMI Introduced the Elephant in the Room, will be part of the Enterprise Agile track.

Last October I entered the Gaylord National with a little trepidation.  The PMI North American Congress was taking place and I found out that several people I admire in the Agile space were going to be attending and speaking.  Leading up to the major PMI event, I was hearing a lot of chatter about these “heretics” who were going to be presenting.  In Washington DC, the PMP was king and few in the Federal space wanted to hear anything about adaptive planning, continuous elaboration, or focusing on delivering value to the customer.  Project Managers were expected to predict the future, define process and then make damn sure you followed it, regardless if anything ever got delivered.  So, I was very much surprised as I walked through the Gaylord and noticed poster after poster, display after display.  “Are you Agile?”

Every Agile session I attended, PMI Vice President of Information Technology, Frank Schettini introduced the speaker and told the audience that he leads the team that is responsible for delivering value to PMI’s members, volunteer leaders, certification holders and staff through innovative and reliable technology solutions. He said that he was a strong supporter of the Agile Community and so was PMI.

Though the audience at one of the first Agile sessions was almost hostile towards the presenters, by the time Michele Sliger gave the final session on the final day of the conference, there was buzz in the halls of the Gaylord about how “this Agile thing” had taken the conference by storm.

Agile was about to cross the chasm and PMI was going to make sure we made it to the other side.

But first, introductions were in order.

I will talk about the current state of Agile and how I see the landscape changing, with the introduction of the new PMI Agile certification.  I will compare and contrast the PMI-ACPsm to the PMP® as well make some predictions for things to come.

Now, don’t come to just hear me talk!  This year, the keynote speakers will be Agile luminaries Ken Schwaber and Sanjiv Augustine.  It should a great conference.  If you’re interested in 15% discount, please contact me directly.