Agile At Carol’s Campground, Sudbury Ontario

Day 1 – Sudbury Ontario

This is my first day of my one year sabbatical leave from work. I’m traveling and experiencing agile in different ways. I’m willing to meet and talk to folks practicing agile. I’m heading to Winnipeg and I’m grateful to Steve Rogalsky for setting up a day of agile for me.

If you are practice agile (live in Saskatchewan or Alberta), I would love to meet up with you and hear your agile stories. I like stories because they put human as the subject and Agile as a context. My intention is to share your stories with others through writings and videos. Please let me know.

The Drive

I am at Carol’s Campground after about 5 hours of driving from Toronto. Over two of those hours were spent crawling up to Barrie. Happily, after Barrie, it was smooth cruising.

When I arrived at the campsite, there was plenty of daylight for me setup the tent. I was a bit nervous because I don’t remember how. It’s been over 4 years since I used it. Very grateful to the tent designer, the person made it simple and I was able to figure it out.

Connecting to Agile

I’m at a tightly packed campsite. Neighbours talk to each other, people walking their dogs and children are playing. At night, each family huddles by their fire pit. I hear fond memories are made by kind of stuff.

For me, people packed together in a tight space, using a common washroom facility, and adhere to a curfew reminds me of a refugee camp. That’s right. Growing up, I was a refugee and the camp I stayed in had similar features.

What does this has to do with Agile? It’s about diversity. An agile team uses differing perspectives to gain better understanding of what they are trying to solve. My view on camping is different. Someone that never done before will also have a different view. It’s the tension among different views that creates conversations to give a deeper understanding that results in a better solution.

Experiencing Someone Else’s View

Why am I camping then? Well, it’s my attempt to experience another view on it. I’m open to experience differing views. I had a great swim in the lake and chatted with two great guys after dinner. We shared stories. Good time. Good memory. Better understanding.

Guess what happens if each member of the team tries to understand each other? Team awesomeness!


What Have I Been Up To?

It has been over 7 months since I wrote my last blog. So what have I been up to? Well, here is a list of the stuff that I have done since then (in no particular order).

So what’s next? Travel. I’m taking a year off work starting July 29th, 2011. I plan to drive across Canada and part of the United States. I would like to meet with people who are passionate about agile. I’m very interested in hearing personal and community agile stories. From that, I plan to write and film about the experience. I also want to experience the beauty and the vastness of the two countries.

My first agile stop is Winnipeg. I can’t wait!

If you are practicing agile in Regina, Calgary or Edmonton and you would like to meet with me, please let me know. Thanks!