I’ve found that trying to blog about my experience at LSSC11 is quite challenging simply because I have a flood of thoughts streaming through my head. Frankly, I’m not sure where to start and where exactly to end. I’m concerned that if I try to share all my thoughts in one post, it post will never end. Because of this, I’ll publish my thoughts in a series of short postings over the course of the next couple of days (or weeks) as time permits.
For starters, LSSC11 was the first conference I’ve been to (maybe ever?) where there were no sacred cows touted, no best practices elicited and no meaningless debates between method X versus method Y. I believe we’re coming to a place where we’re starting to accept as a community – yet a minority in my opinion – that there is no “silver bullet” but that the right combination of principles from differing sources can possibly yield great results. We’re accepting that our environments are complex and are leveraging methods that exploit this fact instead of fight it. We are discussing how to make people “matter more” because we realize (even more) that its people that really make a difference. Finally, continuous learning is paramount; LSSC11 had an academic undercurrent to it which I’ve not observed at any other conference. The list of reference material I need to read has doubled in size!
To summarize, I sense a movement that is saying very loudly and clearly “enough already” to some of the traditional ways of getting things done and is looking to embrace different ways (some that have been possibly rejected or ignored for years) as we move forward. This is really exciting, make sure you don’t miss out!