Storming Norming Performing Agile20Reflect Festival a view from the wings

Like many great performances there are many like me who prefer to support from the wings. I have for many years avoided the celebrities and various cults of Agile, not because I don’t respect them, but because I do Agile rather than follow others who do Agile. I also don’t want to get involved in the various fights, not because I can’t fight, but because I see no value in those fights. No one owns Agile, regardless if they think they do, it’s been running free and wild too long to be caged.

So why am I involved?

I contacted Scott Seivwright to be an author and add a chapter to Agile an Unexpected Journey a curated anthology of Agile Biographies. He commited to be involved as did many others. At that time he invited me to get involved in the Agile20Reflect Festival and I said I’d look into it. Having previously been a Founder of UCD UK Conferences and The Human Centred Design Society, I recognised the good intent but wanted to ask some direct questions.

I decided to support this because it will live briefly then die and not become a point of contention in the Agile world. What will be left will be a Reflection on the past, a Snapshot of the Current State and some Dreams and Aspirations for the future as digital recordings of Events.

What is Agile20Reflect Festival?

This is a Festival without events, in the style of Uber being a Taxi service without taxi’s. It’s focus is facilitation not organisation in a true Agile sense the outcomes belong to the participants not the facilitators. It’s the ultimate embodiment of an Agile way of celebrating Agile. Anyone can add a free event to the calendar and we will promote it as part of the festival.

We have delivery teams who support anyone who needs help, we have ambassadors who are the local facilitators for event organisers and we have organisational supporters (shown below) facilitating their members and staff in holding and adding events to the global calendar.

Agile Alliance Partnering with Agile20Reflect FestivalScrum Alliance Partnering with Agile20Reflect FestivalBusiness Agility Institute Partnering with Agile20Reflect FestivalProject Management Institute Partnering with Agile20Reflect Festival

 

What will Agile20Reflect Festival really do?

Honestly we don’t fully know, but we will measure success in February 2021 by events, their numbers, diversity of Agile related subjects, the languages and locations of the globe that are represented.

Storming the Agile20Reflect Festival up to November 2020

We built and deployed two websites, hundreds of pages of content, 57 videos on YouTube, Twitter feed, Facebook Group, LinkedIn page, over 300 volunteers on Slack, 250 volunteer speakers (many who would charge a fortune to speak offering to speak for free in the Agile20Reflect Festival), 90 ambassadors many of whom have now created local content.

Norming the Agile20Reflect Festival up to 20th January 2021

Pivot point towards facilitating event creation and addition to the Global Calendar. Ambassadors knocking on the doors of existing Agile meetings, companies and newbies to run Agile Celebration events. Ambassadors getting people involved in their countries and making the Festival a local Festival. We are working with the Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, Business Agility Institute and Project Management Institute to focus their members on creating events to expand their networking and engagement and to celebrate Agile.

Norming means, engage, engage, engage.

Add an Event Agile20 Reflect Festival

Performing the Agile20Reflect Festival in February 2021

Well I don’t really know what this looks like yet in previous three day conferences I’ve worked on we would have 55-60 sessions in one physical location. All I know is that post the Agile20Reflect Festival anyone who says to me they are involved in Agile I’ll be asking them if they hosted events or attended events at the Festival.

Conclusion

I personally don’t fully know yet the format of the five events I have added to the calendar, all I do know is I now have to do them, they have a priority in my life and I’m doing them to help the Agile Community grow up, look back, treasure the present and have vision for the future.

Has Agile Populism killed Agile?

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021, 7:00 PM

Online event
,

5 Members Attending

Agile is now a commodity amongst the general business population does that mean it should freefall, how should we move forward and do we have a common meaning and focus? A look at the current state of Agile and its Commoditization as a live workshop and conversation. Facilitators will we drawn from the attendees.

Check out this Meetup →

History and Origins of Agile and the Agile Community

Thursday, Feb 4, 2021, 6:00 PM

Online event
,

15 Festivalgoers Attending

This is a panel session to talk about the History and Origins of Agile and the Agile Community. The speakers will be added later, it is expected that the agenda will be; Speakers Introduction Speakers on History and Origins of Agile and the Agile Community Questions and Answers Two hours is only a guide we may finish earlier

Check out this Meetup →

The Current State of Agile and Agile Community

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, 6:00 PM

Online event
,

13 Festivalgoers Attending

This is a panel session to talk about the Current State of Agile and Agile Community. The speakers will be added later, it is expected that the agenda will be; Speakers Introduction Speakers on History and Origins of Agile and the Agile Community Questions and Answers Two hours is only a guide we may finish earlier

Check out this Meetup →

Future Possibilities for Agile and the Agile Community

Thursday, Feb 18, 2021, 6:00 PM

Online event
,

21 Festivalgoers Attending

This is a panel session to talk about the Future Possibilities for Agile and the Agile Community. The speakers will be added later, it is expected that the agenda will be; Speakers Introduction Speakers on History and Origins of Agile and the Agile Community Questions and Answers Two hours is only a guide we may finish earlier

Check out this Meetup →

New Ways of Working the Human Component

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021, 6:00 PM

Online event
,

4 Members Attending

The Agile20Reflect Festival will have created a great focus on the past, present and future of Agile in Feb 2021. Taking that impetus to the next level we want to think wider about how we can establish the principles of Agile and leverage them in organisational change and new ways of working. This session is being set up to set out an agenda for ch…

Check out this Meetup →

Tagged : / / / / /

#BusinessAgility is about #people not #technology #mindsets not #toolsets and #value not #productivity

Business Agility is about people not technology, mindsets not toolsets and value not productivity

As mindless as many organisations think their workers, they are not in the slightest led by others. They in fact appropriate information through their own lenses, against their own rational, values, cultures and experience to date. With this much translation its not a surprise there is such a huge loss in critical path focus and interaction.

Agile

For many Agile is a thing that happens to Software and Technology people and nothing to do with Executive Management, Business Strategy or the Business in general. However there have been notable advances in how the concepts of Agile DevOps are brought into business enablement since 2016. The evolution includes Enterprise Agility and Business Agility, Agile being location agnostic can be applied anywhere.

People not Technology

It’s easy to focus on Technology as a solution to problems, but it cannot solve poor processes (or business models) and human engagement (or non engagement). The Agile DevOps focus is therefore people, being the high value resources for complex solutions and the low value for repetitive activities that could be and should be templated or automated.

Mindsets not Toolsets

What organisations need is behavioural change, digging people out of entrenched mindsets that are localised around their skillsets and work and think in ecosystems around the whole lifecycle of work that adds value to the organisation and its customers.

Value not Productivity

Not all work is valuable, in fact producers (those who do the work that bring in value) in most organisations ratio is dropping compared to non producers (managers, support functions). In some organisations for every three people who produce value there are seven non producers, all are productive but the three producers are funding the non producers.

Related Posts

Other Related

Tagged : / /