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Agile 2010 – The words we use

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As I was looking through the schedule for Agile 2010 today, I thought I’d take a look at how many lean and kanban talks there were. As I was searching, I noticed a few other words that kept coming up, and thought I’d check out the actual distribution of words among all the session titles. Thus, I took the session list from, cleaned it up to remove the extra columns, headers, footers, etc, and then ran it through the tool at to see what was in there.

First, it appears that “Agile” is the most popular word in the English language, at least based on our sample. At least we’re buzz-word compliant in this case!


Next, there are definitely some clues as to what our community finds important during the selection process… here are all non-trivial words appearing seven or more times. Does this mean anything? I don’t know. Maybe we need to forbid the use of the word “Agile” at agile conferences (and Lean at lean conferences, etc). image

Written by erwilleke

July 1st, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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