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Experience Reports - Our First "Fail Faire"

There are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn how we never want to do it again.

The top item (as voted by participants at our September meetup) in our Agile Meetup Backlog was to share experience reports. In honour of this, Agile Ottawa will be holding it's very first "fail faire" at the Royal Oak (121 Laurier Ave) on December 10th 2013. Doors open at 6pm, The Agile 101 session will begin at 6:15 and the main talks start at 7pm.

The room has a capacity of 40, so are asking people to RSVP, and if find out later you can't attend, please cancel your RSVP so other can come.

1. What's a "fail faire"?

A gathering where like-minded individuals gather to share via short talks their mistakes and what they learned from those mistakes.

2. How does this work?

Interested participants will be given the opportunity to give a 10 minute talk to share their Agile story of woe…  tell us:

• What was the project?

• What were you trying to do?

• What was the fail/where did it go wrong?

• What would you do differently next time (or never do again!)?

• What lessons can be learned?

3. If I go, what do I need to prepare?

Bring levity and open mindedness with you to this meeting. We will be counting on the Agile Ottawa crowd to create a safe space for sharing… after all, mistakes are all about learning.  We are seeking to create opportunities to share this valuable learning with each other. Bring your own story.  While this isn't a requirement, it's worth looking back (retro time!) and considering what you would have done differently from an Agile point of view… who knows, maybe after a beer you'll find the courage to share it with the group?

During the event… no live streaming, picture taking, blogging or tweeting unless the presenter gives the ok to do so. No third party bashing… presenters must have been personally involved in the project they are showcasing.

And while we encourage you to prepare you own story, please don't let that stop you from attending... If you want to come out and listen, that's great!

Agile 101 - Retrospective Meetings

In the spirit of the evening, this month's Agile 101 talk will be on retrospectives... What they are, what they are so important, how to run them, and how to act on the outcomes to improve your performance. Bill Bourne will be leading the Agile 101 Retrospectives session.

Note that this is a free event, but the food and drinks are on your own dime.

For more information on Fail Faires, check out Fail Fares - We particularly liked Point 5 "Provide drinks (trust us, it helps) and food to encourage chatting, networking, and the loosening of ties and guards".

Finally, keep in mind the "Prime Directive of Retrospectives":

• "Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone does the best job they can, given what they know at the time, their skills and abilities, the people and resources available, and the situation at hand."

Logistics (Again)

No charge to attend.  The room has a capacity of 40, so are asking people to RSVP, and if find out later you can't attend, please cancel your RSVP so others can come.

Doors open at 6 pm for networking. Agile 101 begins at 6:15 and the main presentation gets underway at 7pm.

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  • Simon B.

    Thank you all for attending and participating! This was an amazing session!

    December 10, 2013

  • Diana Jones (.

    Great experience. Thanks Organizers Caroline, Bryan & Simon for ensuring we had a safe, respectful place to let the bloodletting of failure flow ..... Great that lessons learned are captured and will be posted. Looking forward to the sister session 'UnFail Faire' in 2014.

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was a great introductory experience with Agile Ottawa

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Steve T.

    Looking forward to learning from the experiences of others as we continue to pursue a more agile agenda within our own practices.

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • Ellen G.

    Thrilled that this will be happening. Bummed to be out of town for this event. Have fun!

    November 19, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I keep getting contacted by recruiters in Montreal and Toronto but not Ottawa about opportunities for Agile professionals. Is there a sense that Ottawa has not really caught the Agile wave (yet)? Do I have to move to Toronto to continue my career as an Agile Professional?

    Bill Bishop, PMP, CSM

    November 19, 2013

  • Caroline S.

    Looking forward to sharing some stories and a few beers with the Agile Ottawa group in December as we purge out some well intentioned Agile mistakes.

    1 · November 19, 2013

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