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“Serious” Fun at AgileFest!


[Reprint of article in "The Current" a Sabre newsletter.]

“Serious” Fun at AgileFest!

More than 200 Sabre employees participated in the “sold out” AgileFest! event in Southlake on March 21.

AgileFest! is a one-day conference covering all aspects of Agile software development and was created and sponsored by the Airline Solutions Development Agile Coaches. This year, eight industry experts from around the country hosted sessions to share their ideas about Agile – ranging from the theoretical to the practical.

Luke Hohmann, founder and CEO of Innovation Games, kicked off the morning with the keynote speech in a packed cafeteria. Luke focused on how we can use serious games with our clients to have deeper conversations, unearth priorities, drive innovation and ultimately, deliver better results.
The conference then split into sessions, to allow participants to choose the topic that interested them most.  Options included a session by Eric Nusbaum about creating positive cultures, a workshop on distributed teams by Derek Wade, and a problem-solving activity using LEGOs by Steve Paro. The day was topped off with a “mix and mingle” sponsored by VersionOne.

Planning for AgileFest! began after the Sabre Agile Coaches partnered with VersionOne to bring the one-day Agilepalooza conference to our campus for a private event last March. The goal of this year’s event was to bring some of the brightest Agile minds to Sabre to share their ideas with employees, encourage dialogue about our current state and help move us forward in our transformation to developing software with an Agile mindset and Scrum framework.

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