Agile Coach Camp Worldwide is Going Remote!

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Our world became topsy-turvy because of the COVID pandemic. Agile Coach Camp Worldwide was no exception.

Agile Coach Camp Worldwide (ACC-WW) is normally held the weekend prior to the Agile20xx conference. With Agile2020 being canceled due to the pandemic, we had to transition to being a remote event (or face cancellation ourselves). The onsite team for Orlando had already been working hard to identify venues for the event and thankfully helped us transition to a remote event with a slightly different crew taking over. We dubbed the new event Agile Coach Camp Worldwide Home Edition [ACC-WW(HE)] in part due to the naming convention from the revised SuperBooth that inspired a rapid transition.

In some ways, this became more ideal as it allowed broader worldwide participation while still remaining a smallish event (~120 or so attended around the world in total). What was exciting is we had coaches representing 6 of the 7 continents and several countries that had never been attended! (We just couldn’t seem to find any Agilists in Antarctica, though someone did recommend Penelope Penguin as a suitable person to invite – alas, we could find no way to message her.) Our success in getting this broad attendance was in no small part thanks to the help from the Emerging Economies initiative being led by Angie Doyle and Ricardo Abella, who joined the team.

Our event was facilitated from around the globe as well with Deepti Jain from India, Juan Banda from Bolivia, and Danny Wuysang from Indonesia as facilitators. This made for an incredible event and we made several cross-cultural bonds as well as learned of the cultural differences and challenges with helping organizations adopt Agility in areas that have been underrepresented in the past. In planning our all-remote event, we decided to host it in a way where everyone in the world would be able to attend at least one session at a decent hour, so we had 3 four-hour sessions. A combination of Zoom, Miro, and Slack formed our baseline technology stack, and we learned a lot about being prepared to deal with performance issues as well as potential Alliance Code of Conduct violations (which thankfully didn’t have to our knowledge).

I’d personally like to thank Colleen Esposito, Jake Calabrese, Angie Doyle, Ricardo Abella, as well as our facilitators for helping run a great event. I also want to thank both Mark Kilby and Sarah Baca for their support in Orlando and for helping make the transition smooth to a virtual event.

We are just beginning to plan the next event, which will again be remote, most likely to take place in very late April or sometime in May. If the pandemic situation improves globally, we’ll consider adding an in-person event again later in 2021.

About the Author

Paul is an IT Executive Coach with Excella helping managers and teams improve their game. He focuses on applying Agile and Lean techniques to create and lead more effective organizations.

Paul has led small teams to large groups as a software development manager in Federal, commercial, and contractor organizations and coached in the private and public sectors. He is a retired Commander from the US Navy and served in the Naval Air Systems Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, and Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 in his Naval career.

As an active Agile community member, he has founded numerous groups to help coaches and Scrum Masters, including the Agile Influencers of DC and the Games for Agility, Learning, and Engagement (GALEDC). He serves as the chair for the Agile Alliance's Agile Coach Camp and Agile Coach Camp Worldwide initiatives and is a regular reviewer in various Agile 20XX tracks.

This is an Agile Alliance community blog post. Opinions represented are personal and belong solely to the author. They do not represent opinion or policy of Agile Alliance.

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