… or, “work isn’t supposed to be this much fun”
On a personal note, I was gratified to see the number of women in technology there… most specifically, the number of women who gave talks. Encouraging women to take leadership roles in technology is a side project of mine – I help run a blog and mentoring program at ALineAtTheLadiesRoom.org.
So for me personally, Agile2013 was a blast!
I bumped into so many people I know from various “former lives” – a former engineering manager, a former engineering colleague… folks I know from Agile New England – as well as hanging out with my colleagues at Tasktop (into the wee hours of the morning ).
It was also terrific to meet Tasktop partners, customers and prospective customers. I had the opportunity to spend a bit of time in our booth, chatting with people who often started the conversation with, “My friend told me I had to stop by your booth. Can you really integrate <product A> with <product B>? We’ve got so many systems that don’t talk to each other and… “
This kind of conversation is HUGE fun for me; I haven’t cut code, fixed bugs or managed a software deployment in a while, but still love helping those that do.
I also had great time listening to Tasktopians give their talks. Mik Kersten, Tasktop’s CEO presented: “As distributed as it gets: 10 Agile best practices from open source” and Dave West, our Chief Product Officer presented: “Agile ALM – A horror/feel good/fantasy story“. Check out their slides; unfortunately it’s not like hearing the talk itself because both Mik and Dave are such great speakers. (If you create an account on tasktop.com, we’ll put you on our mailing list so you can find out about our upcoming talks and webinars).
While at Agile, Tasktop made a couple of announcements. On Monday, we announced our partnership with Serena, and on Tuesday we announced the GA of Tasktop Sync 2.8. Our CEO Mik blogged about this release, time tracking and how we’ve connected the worlds of Agile ALM and Project Portfolio Management (PPM)… it’s definitely worth a read.
So, were you at Agile2013? What was notable for you?
About Betty Zakheim
Betty Zakheim serves as Tasktop's Vice President of Marketing, responsible for all aspects of Tasktop's strategic marketing and lead generation activities. She brings to this role an extensive background in software integration technologies and software development tools. She spent the first 10 years of her career in very technical roles as an engineer, UX developer, engineering manager, and in technical consulting positions. More recently, she's been in more commercial roles such as product management and marketing. Betty loves everything about software and software companies - she thinks it may be an illness.