Mike Cohn at bayXP

I attended Mike Cohn's talk at bayXP on Tuesday (March 20, 2007) entitled "Planning and Tracking Agile Projects." Mike is quite open about all the stuff he presents. His presentation is available at http://mountaingoatsoftware.com/presentations along with a bunch of other stuff.

This wasn't so much a presentation as a workshop. A couple times Mike asked the audience to form small groups and perform some planning activities. In one instance he passed out decks of "planning poker" cards and had us play planning poker with (that is, give estimates for) various made-up tasks. The dynamics of planning poker are quite interesting. It really helps you flush out unstated assumptions and disagreements about what a task involves.

The event was hosted at Google, which provided excellent food (hummus, baba ghanoush, pita, spinach in phyllo, falafel, etc. plus an excellent selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks). Combined with Mike's excellent talk, and the low, low price of admission -- $0! -- this evening was an exceptional value.

Thanks to Mike, the bayXP organizers, and Google.

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