Agile Retreat Story - Alex Rosales
この時に私が「Scrum Med」と呼んでいたこのアイデアを彼に話してみました。なぜ？「Scrum Med」かというと高級リゾート地の「Club Med」というのがあるからです。なぜ「Scrum」かというと、私はScrumに関してはちょっとしたものだったからです。
The Agile Retreat idea has been there in my subconscious from quite some time now. I am passionate about learning and I am always trying to find better receptive ways of learning more effectively.
During the past 5 years I have been in Vietnam, I have seen a lot of people struggling to learn using traditional methods. Why? Combination of outdated methods, boring techniques, lack of passion, etc. As I am pretty much involved promoting Agile and Lean principles and practices in Vietnam, I have seen the obstacles people encounter when attempting to adopt an Agile philosophy. Furthermore, the challenges and obstacles get bigger as people start to practice different approaches or frameworks such as Scrum. That makes me think deeply about why is so difficult for some people to understand the basics, but seems so easier to others?
I did a lot of research (cognitive psychology, meta-cognitive strategies, acceleration, etc.) into learning methods (case method, etc..) and styles and how each person has different way of learning, different tendencies, styles, etc.., and how productive it can be if we combine all methods while learning in a way that can be stimulating and fun.
Since the days I used to vacation in all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, I got always attracted to the idea of been somewhere awesome without the need to worry about anything at all. To me, that’s one of the most appealing things when I consider taking an all-inclusive vacation package. While on vacation, my state of mind is in a different mode, stress free, disconnected from pressure in a way that I am more receptive to learn new things. In fact, I always amazed at the things I learn while on vacation.
That makes me think, what if we could combine both things? Others could definitely benefit from this combination and boost their learning skills.
Here is where my idea of the Agile Retreat started growing strongly on me. I first briefly discussed the idea with my friend Joe Justice at WIKISPEED. Joe is a well-known Agilist and I though getting his point of view could be really interesting. So I mentioned to him my idea. At the time, I called “Scrum Med”. Why? Basically because when I think about all-inclusive, I think about “Club Med”, high-end resort all-inclusive vacations. Why Scrum? Well, I was pretty much doing a lot of Scrum and that’s basically why the name came in. However, I quickly started moving away from it because I did not wanted to limit the idea to one specific approach and Agile was much more of a bigger picture, and came up with the Agile Retreat name, perfect combination of two things I wanted to promote. Joe was thrilled about the idea and he told me he would love to participate if I ever pull it off.
The rest is now history – After the idea was born, on December 2012, I sent an email to my colleagues at Agile Vietnam and briefly introduced to them my idea. My objective was to get them onboard if there were interested. One of my colleagues at Agile Vietnam, Trí Nhân Vu replied to my email saying that he had a similar idea and that he wanted to talk to me about it. That week we sat down and I was able to learn about his idea. Although it was different, however he was also thinking about doing something in a resort alike and that make us work together on this. He was not keen on the Agile Retreat name at first, but I quickly managed to convince him about the importance of the name and the meaning behind the Agile Retreat. So we started working together on planning the first Agile Retreat and got my company to work on the online website, facebook and so on.