By John Coleman • October 10, 2017

Agile Cincinnati 2017

I enjoyed sitting around Fountain Square, the day before Bengals beat Buffalo Bills in American football. I skipped that game as Tropical Storm Nate sent heavy rain our way. Besides, it gave me time to go over my first one-off Ted-style talks – very few words, symbolic pictures, everything in 3s, facts mixed with some stories, being myself, staying in my lane, being relaxed.

I mixed it up with PollEv, interactivity, and video as both talks were 50 minutes each. The PollEv surveys were done before I showed one slide. I should have done before and after snapshots; failure bow! I think you'll find the results interesting.

Sunday evening, we had pre-conference drinks and dinner. It was great to be warmly welcomed by familiar faces and warm hugs. And I was humbled to meet people I am honoured to have spent some time with. I was impressed by the cool trains that passed by with their impressive horns, like in the movies. I was more impressed by the fun conversation.




What a wonderful conference and venue! It was the best-organized conference I ever spoke at. Everything worked 1st time, no missing mics. My usual paranoia about “everything that can go wrong will go wrong” and the resulting backup plans were not needed. The generosity of gifts for speakers was astronomical. 

I had to race back to London, but tropical storm Nate had other ideas.  

Congratulations to Darren Terrell and all the organizer, speakers and enthusiastic attendees who were buzzing around from 7:30 am.

My first talk packed the room almost like my talk with Nader Talai at Bengaluru. In Bengaluru both doors were backed up with people standing trying to watch, such was the interest. I felt the same energy at my 1st talk in Cincinnati. My 2nd talk had people who were curious about Nexus+ as there is not much information publicly available on it. I had a good audience considering it seemed that many at the conference had no clue what Nexus even was. My audiences were fabulous, warm, and curious.

The SlideShare is here.

Some people might find the PollEv interesting. In Europe, the Give the team the support it needs… principle rarely gets prioritised, having done this maybe 50 times. Enjoy. Remarkably close to Version One report’s numbers….

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the list went on and on....

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the list went on and on....

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Quite a strong showing for Kanban oriented approaches below, over 50% if SAFe is included. needs to improve it's marketing of Nexus, as in my 2nd talk I refer to it as being a touch of genius. No one seems to have a clue what it is though. Funny who first movers with cool branding take it all....

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Back to the craziness in London...