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 http://agile2010.com/schedule.html, cleaned it up to remove the extra columns, headers, footers, etc, and then ran it through the tool at http://textalyser.net/ 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).