Attended OnAgile 2017 the other week in order to pull new information into my company around product discovery. Holy Crap I immediately became excited by this group when I heard about it and dug further!
You see, I learned about agile in 2005 in one of the largest Scrum/XP implementations to date. Got my CSM, interacted with people who signed the manifesto, mentored by their immediate disciples, and charged off into the great future.
After a few years of global agile conferences, nights drinking with some great folks at those conferences, and eventually presenting once myself… I started to fade on the movement. Around 2010-2012, I felt like the conferences were on a rinse/repeat cycle and all the focus was on keeping new companies from declaring agile because they really weren’t. Certifications were running rampant… InfoQ (my original community) had grown too big to keep up with, my blog started to stagnate… I focused on my employer from that point on.
Here I sit, working on my 5th agile transformation, currently as an agile coach… and I see I’ve missed the rising of a great community! (How did I not know about the “Heart of Agile” con in my hometown last year!!!) The conversations seem to range from newb to bleeding edge, and this excites me!
So… I’m going to make an effort to spend a little time engaging here and seeing if I can learn AND share. Thanks for having me!