Technical Agility Conference 2019
Bringing agility into the products and technology leads to Technical Agility which eventually helps in delivering business value fast with built-in quality and can be achieved through a combination of some well known & widely adopted practices along with many tools & technologies that support these practices.
TAC2019 was the second edition of World’s first-ever Technical Agility themed conference that happened in the Silicon city of India, Bengaluru on July 26 – 27th, 2019 and witnessed the presence of 600+ Agile Enthusiasts from about 125+ different participating organizations for 2 days of the conference. The motto was to create a platform for the individuals across the globe to come, join, meet, learn and experience with the experts.
With the presence of well renowned global faces occupied with Key note speakers position including Michael K Sahota , Dr. Rebecca Parsons, Jeff Morgan , Ardita Karaj, Susan Gibson, and Amjad Jabbar and the honorable Dr. Kalpana Gopalan – Adt. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka as a chief guest of the conference, it was undoubtedly one of the most insightful and must to attend global gathering.
The theme of the conference was the 3 pillars of Technical Agility i.e. the 3 tracks (Culture & Collaboration – Enterprise Agility, Product Stability & Reliability – Built in Quality, Fast Delivery – Time to Market) on which all the talks, sessions, & workshop were focused around. The 2 days of conference was a mixture of 25+ sessions, 5 keynotes and a panel discussion revolving around Technical Agility. Beside that a very exciting final round of Team Award competition which was open for all the teams who are / were a part of DevOps / Agile transformation journey and achieved success implementing such principles. Also, the Developer’s Challenge on Product Stability & Reliability attracted the attention of many developers / coders and programmers who took part in the 90-minute session of pair programming with their partner to work on legacy code exercise and compete with others.
The event was well supported and sponsored by several organizations such as Temenos + Agility, GE Healthcare, Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, iZenBridge, Pingala Software and few more who supported in all the ways to make it a successful one.
JULY 26TH, 2019 – THE CHANCERY PAVILION, BENGALURU
The volunteering team was all set and ready with ID cards & brochures loaded kit bag for the attendees and the speakers. The big crowd got well managed in a decent way to kick start the Day 1 of the conference with the inauguration speech of Dr. Kalpana Gopalan IAS where she highlighted the importance of Agility in Governance. The inspiring and insightful speech was a perfect way to begin the day for all the agilists present there. Further Jeff Morgan & Ardita Karaj from Industrial Logic, Canada engaged the audience with their keynote session on one of the major aspect of DevOps – Competing with Speed Continuous Delivery Explained followed by the second keynote from Susan Gibson of Temenos. Susan’s session was a bit different and interesting in its own way where she guided the crowd with the fact of “Leading with Vision”, the participants shared their drawings of visions and other experiences.
Soon after the short tea break of 30 minutes, the hall was divided in 3 parallel tracks which were scheduled to run simultaneously with the specific speakers presenting in each of the tracks. The audiences were free to choose and select the track as per their interest and the talk going on inside. Several experts from different organization put on their real life experiences, use cases and other relevant information during their sessions which made the crowd bit confused which track to select and where to miss. All the 3 parallel tracks were running houseful and many a times, it happened that few of the delegates didn’t get the opportunity to grab their chairs.
Further, the day ended with a very interesting keynote talk from Amjad Jabbar from GE Healthcare where he explained about the importance of being agile in Agile Transformation with great examples and real life use cases.
JULY 27TH, 2019 – THE CHANCERY PAVILION, BENGALURU
It’s always a great listening to Michael sharing his experiences. The Day 2 began with the keynote talk from Michael K Sahota where he discussed about the ten surprising secrets for delivering a high performance agile organization. Dr. Rebecca Parsonsshared her experience about the business agility through evolutionary architecture in her keynote session where she explained about many of the interesting facts relating with some great real life examples.
Several renowned speakers were sharing their insights and experiences with the crowd in the 3 parallel tracks running simultaneously post the tea break. In addition to that, a certain part of the crowd was attracted towards the “Developer’s Challenge” which was a 90 minute session, where each of the pairs were given a challenge to complete in the specified time zone.
In the end, came out one of the most interesting and awaited “Technical Agility Excellence Team Award” competition – Round 3. More than 30+ teams from several organizations participated in the competition and the top 3 had to go through the final round in order to conquer the trophy of the winner of this year. Each of the team was given a time of 20 minutes (10 for presenting their story and 10 for Q/A). The final winner was to be decided through the live voting by the audiences which was supported through the webapp – MyRappo (A Pingala Software Product) and the marks given by the panel of judges.
Team Brahmos from GE Healthcare gained the maximum vote sand was the winner of the trophy for the year 2019 followed by Adroit Learners from Siemens as the second runner up and Agile Ingestors from GE Aviation as the third winner.
Day 2 ended with the prize ceremony for all the respective winners followed by a thanks giving note to our volunteers and the core team members. The conference participants as well as the speakers were happy and satisfied after spending their 2 days of Technical Agility. It was very well received by the audiences witnessed by the fact of getting over 500+ positive feedbacks and a lot of suggestions and new ideas from our global speakers and few of the delegates for the TAC2020.