Back from Agile India 2016. Most prestigious, India born international Agile Conference, a must go for everyone who really want to know real world Agile, and I must admit it was one of the best conferences so far. Why best – great talks, interactive talks, and all of them offer different flavors – some last for a month, others stretch to quarter or year, and a few even have potential to become flavor for a lifetime. Organizers know what it takes to pull the show, trading sleep for dreams. But one thing that always turns me off is that everyone is busy in those fake conversations where they are just trying to make an impact on others, make their presence felt and looking for quick fixes for their problems – new Job, consultant, and all sorts of AgileFAQs. People don’t really understand what these conferences are supposed to give them. You get everything in books and papers and videos, then why waste so much money and go to these conferences? Just to do that “Hello Sir, I am another brick in the wall, please use me as appropriate”. I call them sir conversations. Everyone is more or less busy in Sir Conversations. So what is it that I look forward for in these conferences, and how they help me in growing?
These conferences are like windows to the new world. The world which is already (doing so much), or trying to do, or struggling with. These are all opportunities. These conferences connect me to those opportunities and inspire me to do something more, live each day extraordinarily.
So I could not have known why Adam and Eve shouldn’t have tasted that apple, and why ships can you beyond horizon without falling from the edge of the world. If I was not there, like many others, I would have invested in Church’s ticket to heaven. My perspective changed; I could see things, which within my box never existed.
We all thrive for connection; civilizations cease to exist if not up-to-date with world outside. Why do we want to connect, why the hell we can’t be just with assigned people, why can’t we just stick to script? But the fact is we can’t. I am sure we all have better friends outside our teams and work places, we can’t stay limited by our work boundaries nor for that matter manager’s instruction to build a better team, stay connected to assigned team. I get depressed if I don’t get to meet and talk to people who bring some freshness in my life. I go to these conferences to meet such wonderful people, and not to those who can help me with a new assignment. Opportunities automatically follow those who have right skill and attitude, and you can’t develop new skills, knowledge without seeing places and people around, without being open. (Don’t confuse this with collaboration, not going there).
I hate The Sir conversations, I am a social scientist, I love connecting with people like me and unlike me which inspire evolution inside me.