I recently returned from the Agile Alliance Board meeting in Boston. Three times a year we meet as the board to review progress, plan Agile Alliance programs, conferences and member services. This latest meeting was my favourite. Not only did we get lots done in the two day period, but the process (mainly open space) worked really well and rather than committee work being frustratingly slow, it progressed well, and I came away energized by the whole experience!
We had many good discussions including:
Conference 2009 Update – Next year’s agile conference will most likely by in Chicago, at the Hyatt downtown hotel. Options are being kept open and the venue would work well with between 1200-2400 attendees.
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Agile Alliance Purpose – On Saturday we had a great session on (re)defining the purpose for the Agile Alliance. Using some fun brain storming techniques, lots of flip charts, debate, and some good natured arguing.
“We support those who explore and apply agile principles and practices to make the SW industry productive, humane and sustainable.”
We also went on to produce a shorter mantra:
“Sharing the passion to continuously improve the art of software delivery”
Post-Agilism – this term gets banded around from time to time as people look for the next new thing. I have enjoyed reading Jonathan Kohl’s thoughts on it and David Anderson’s Evolving Agile discussion. However, since agile is adaptive and is always looking for ways to evolve and progress; post-agile as an expression for beyond agile seems a little self-contradictory me.
Anyway, we discussed the Agile Alliance hosting a web site to invite amendments to the Agile Manifesto Values and Principles and using social networking software to select and prioritize the amendments. It could be an interesting experiment. A new value statement we discussed was:
“Challenging the process over following the status quo”
Which was changed to:
“Challenging the process over following the rules”
It speaks to the need to continually question and try to improve, which is at the heart of adaptive, emergent behaviour.
We also had some great discussions about hosting European conferences, relationship between the APLN and the Agile Alliance, and the selection of new board members. All in all, it was a very worthwhile meeting.