I attended two conferences this year: Agile Central Europe and Scrumdays (and ran a Practical Scrum workshop at the latter). The most influential and interesting speeches, in my opinion, were these two:
- Science or Stories by Linda Rising - totally mindblowing speech! I also had a short but nice email exchange with Linda about Common Sense
- Great speech Lean Product Management by Melissa Perri
It seems like everybody wants to be doing Scaled Something nowadays and everybody wants Scaled Scrum more than they want decent Scrum. When Gunther Verheyen gave his presentation about Nexus at Scrumdays conference he made a joke that everybody wants Scaled Scrum to produce more crappy software. I believe Scrum Masters and Product Owners should pay attention to doing Scrum well not at least to the same degree as to doing scaling well.
Programming languages popularity
Java is making a strong comeback. According to TIOBE, it now has about 20% share. It had 14% at the end of 2014 and now it is back at the level it had in 2005 (15 years ago!). The popularity of Java is corroborated by the amount of job offers in this domain. This is very interesting trend, because a while back it seemed it will go out of favor.
Interestingly, pure C language has not fallen below 15% for the last 7 years and has pretty constant share.