Agile MiniCon Earth Day

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Agile MiniCon was a jam-packed online event featuring deep Agile learning with expert speakers covering a range of Agile concepts, and a networking space for meeting up with fellow Agilists. We celebrated Earth Day with topical content focused on the practice of Agile and how it relates to sustainability and our environment. Agile MiniCon was FREE for everyone, but we encourage you to become an Agile Alliance member to help support our mission.

Linda Rising

Jutta Eckstein & Steve Holyer

Linda Rising Keynote Agile2021 Speaker

Linda Rising

Independent Consultant


“About Trees, Agility and Me”

I don’t know about you, but I spent a lot of 2020 walking with my husband outdoors. We are fortunate to have miles of walking trails in our community and even during the most severe lockdown, we were able to log over four miles a day. I know the scientific evidence for being outside for enjoying nature, but I really came face to face with it during this challenging time. I also discovered several books, articles, TED Talks, and podcasts about how amazing trees are. Even though trees are rooted in place and seem to have little control over their environment, they are Agile. They communicate. They cooperate. They look after one another. This is especially true for the old trees. This is a great metaphor for how Agile works and especially applies to my role in the Agile space. This presentation is about my year-long journey to learn more about trees and in the process learn the secret of Agility and what it might mean for my life and death.

About the Speaker

Linda Rising is an Agile consultant and the author of numerous articles and five books. She was honored by the World Agility Forum in 2020 with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives near Nashville, Tennessee. Linda has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in object-based design metrics. Her background includes university teaching as well as work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. She is an internationally known presenter on topics related to agile development, patterns, retrospectives, the change process, and the connection between the latest neuroscience and software development. Linda is the author of numerous articles and five books. She was honored by the World Agility Forum in 2020 with their Lifetime Achievement Award.


“For the Future—Agile Practice Must Make a Difference for the Earth and Sustainability”

This is an emergency.

None of our Agile improvements in product development will matter at all if we can’t change the course of the climate crisis. Like everyone we feel overwhelmed to confront a problem as wickedly complex as the climate crisis, and we’ll show you that Agile practitioners have many skills and methods at our fingertips to make a difference for the future.

Many hands make lighter work. So, let’s do this!

Jutta Eckstein

Jutta Eckstein

Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer who helps teams and organizations worldwide make an Agile transition.

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Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an Agile transition. She has unique experience in applying Agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. Jutta has recently pair-written with John Buck a book entitled Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy (dubbed BOSSA nova). Besides that, she has published her experience in her books Agile Software Development in the Large, Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams, Retrospectives for Organizational Change, and together with Johanna Rothman Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Cost of Delay in your Project Portfolio.

Jutta is a member of the Agile Alliance (having served the board of directors from 2003-2007) and a member of the program committee of many different American, Asian, and European conferences, where she has also presented her work. She holds an M.A. in Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. (MSc.) in Product-Engineering, a B.A. in Education, and is trained as pollution control commissioner on ecological environmentalism.

Steve Holyer

Steve Holyer

Steve Holyer is an experienced trainer, coach, facilitator, and consultant helping organizations unleash value and deliver proven results.

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Steve Holyer is an experienced trainer, coach, facilitator, and consultant helping organizations unleash value and deliver results. He is also a frequent international speaker and a thought-leader on Scrum and Agile software development. He serves as an advocate and mentor for companies, leaders, and change agents looking for a better way of working using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way.

Steve learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organizations, so he knows how to change an organization from the inside. From international Swiss business to emerging markets in South Africa, Steve understands and shows how to apply Scrum and Agile principles in specific cultural contexts. Since 2000, he has been based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Some Agile Community Events featuring workshops & presentations by Steve Holyer

  • Agile India 2016 (Liftoff)
  • 2016 Scrum Global Gathering Orlando (Liftoff)
  • XP Days Benelux 2015 (Start Recovery! Transforming Addicted Organizations)
  • POByDesign Masterclass (Zurich)
  • Agile Fluency Immersion workshops (Edinburgh UK, Johannesburg SA, Ruckersbach DE, Gdansk PL)

Steve also wrote a chapter on Agile charting or lifting off in “sticky situations” for the second edition of Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams by Diana Larsen and Ainsely Nies from The Pragmatic Bookshelf in Spring 2016.

Agile Alliance Virtual Lounge

Agile MiniCon After Party

Meet up with your fellow Agile MiniCon attendees at 2 PM ET in the Virtual Lounge for networking and socializing. Our speakers will also be available in the online space to meet with you for follow-up questions and more in-depth conversations. Agile Alliance staff will be there as well to answer any membership questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you in our Virtual Lounge!

Environmental organizations that you can help support

Our speakers have selected charitable organizations important to them that you can learn more about and even make a donation to.

Mother Tree Project

Linda Rising’s Pick

The Mother Tree project is investigating forest renewal practices that will protect biodiversity, carbon storage, and forest regeneration as climate changes. This field-based research compares various retention levels of Mother Trees (large, old trees) and their neighbors, as well as regenerating seedling mixtures, in Douglas-fir forests located across nine climatic regions in British Columbia. Learn more

Two Oceans Aquarium

Steve Holyer’s Picks

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is a registered non-profit, public benefit organization, with a focus on ocean conservation, awareness, research, and education in South Africa. Learn more

Steve also recommends these organizations:

The WILDOCEANS programme

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)

Gaia Education

Jutta Eckstein’s Pick

“I choose Gaia Education because they believe that education is the biggest tool in the fight for a more regenerative future and reversing the climate crisis. I’m currently participating in one of their education programs.” Learn more

Agile 2022

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