I'm delighted to report that our first – and I’d say that it is safe to say we’ll do this again – Maine Agile Gathering was a success in every way. Our speakers were fantastic (Dan Mezick, Dan LeFebvre, and Bill Joiner), the venue was superb (Portland Country Club), and the promotion by our Sponsor (Pro Search, Inc) helped us to draw over 100 attendees from a variety of Maine-based companies.
By design, this was a half-day morning event that was scheduled to end at noon, with breaks between each speaker. We missed by 15 minutes, which wasn’t all that bad – except that the room was getting a little warm by that point…Although people may have been a little anxious to get back to finish out their work day, everyone pretty much hung in to the end. And I always wonder how many people told their colleagues that this was an all-day event.
When we scheduled the event and started drawing attendees, I was surprised to see so much interest in agile here in Maine. And because Pro Search made this a free event, the real test was in how many people would actually show up. We had 104 attendees, with a lot of new faces that I haven’t seen at our Maine Agile User Group – so I’m hopeful that we can increase our membership and attendance. I took this event as an opportunity to promote our user group, and the free coffee mugs with our Agile Maine web site URL on it should definitely help.
I personally had some wins out of this event. I saw some people from past (work) lives, and it was great to connect with them at the event and later on LinkedIN. I hope our paths will cross even more as companies adopt agile here in Maine. I’m also hoping that since I’m branching out as an independent agile coach, I can spend some quality time with people and local companies, helping to make their agile adoptions successful.
In the end, I hoping that I’ve contributed to promoting agile interest and adoption here in Maine. Time will tell!