Agile Alliance and Project Management Institute (PMI) are about to initiate a major launch later this year – the Agile Practice Guide.  Our joint development team has spent seven of the anticipated nine months writing so far.  These are exciting times with a little bit of anxiety creeping in from time to time.

Doing something as bold as bridging a divide between two communities carries elements of risk.  What if neither community likes what we have produced?  What if we do not meet expectations of what people envision an Agile Practice Guide should be or contain?  What if this “Big Thing” we have done falls completely flat?

There are many “what if” scenarios like this that we could play out in our minds.  It is sometimes very challenging for us to stay focused on our mission because these “what ifs” interrupt our thinking as we try to complete our work.

But eventually our “what if” questions have given way to “how cool” thinking.  How cool will it be when the Agile Practice Guide helps a team spread its agile mindset across an organization?  How cool will it be when organizations use content in the Agile Practice Guide to accelerate value delivery to customers?  How cool will it be when folks from Agile Alliance, PMI and other communities start sharing their learning and experiences with each other because they were inspired by our collaboration on this project?

So as we prepare for the launch of the Agile Practice Guide later this year, how cool will it be when you come talk with our team about our experiences in developing the guide and what you thought about it?

Over the coming months, our team members are planning to be at the following events where you can connect with us:

  • Jesse Fewell: Agile2017 (August, Orlando, Florida, USA); PMI Global Congress North America (October, Chicago, Illinois, USA); PMI SeminarsWorld  (July in Indianapolis, Indiana; August in New Orleans, Louisiana; and September in Nashville, Tennessee, all USA)
  • Mike Griffiths: PMI EMEA Global Congress (May, Rome, Italy); PMI Northern Alberta Chapter Conference (June, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); Agile2017; PMI Global Congress North America
  • Becky Hartman: Agile Alliance Technical Conference (April, Boston, Massachusetts, USA); Agile2017
  • Betsy Kauffman: Agile2017; Southern Fried Agile (October, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA); Red Hat Agile Day (October, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
  • Steve Matola: Agile2017
  • Johanna Rothman: Influential Agile Leader (May, Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Agile2017; Agile Prague (September, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Horia Slușanschi: blog

We hope that you will come chat with team members about the project and the journey that you, your team and your organization are on.  Let’s use these opportunities as a launching pad to demonstrate the power of individual passion and engagement; the acceleration of value delivery through teamwork; and a vision and mindset that can take people and their organizations to completely new heights.

How cool!


About the Authors

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit organization with global membership, supporting and serving the Agile software community since 2001. We support people who explore and apply Agile values, principles, and practices to make building software solutions more effective, humane, and sustainable. We share our passion to deliver software better every day.

Becky Hartman is an energized and organized professional with more than a decade of combined experience in both Traditional and Agile methodologies with a predominant focus in the Information Technology arena. An articulate, collaborative communicator at all levels of an organization, she possesses a strong ability to internalize and share knowledge critical to successful projects. Becky is a detail-oriented, results-focused, and self-motivated individual with a history of facilitating successful outcomes for both the organization and the project team no matter the methodology.

Mike has been involved in agile methods since 1994 when he helped create the agile approach DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method). Mike served on the board of the Agile Alliance and the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN).

He presents at agile and project management conferences worldwide and writes on agile leadership for a number of publications including Cutter Consortium, and

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can decide how to adapt their product development.

With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams, and Create Your Successful Agile Project. Find the Pragmatic Manager, a monthly email newsletter, and her blogs at and

Jesse Fewell is an author, coach, and trainer who helps senior
leaders from Boston to Beijing transform their organizations to
achieve more innovation, collaboration, and business agility. A
management pioneer, he founded and grew the original Agile
Community of Practice within the Project Management Institute (PMI),
has served on leadership subcommittees for the Scrum Alliance, and
written publications reaching over a half-million readers in eleven
languages. Jesse has taught, keynoted, or coached thousands of
leaders and practitioners across thirteen countries on 5 continents.
His industry contributions earned him a 2013 IEEE Computer Society
Golden Core Award.

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Steve Matola is a Program Executive at Oracle Corporation, a provider of integrated Cloud Applications and Platform Services. A founding member of the Global Cloud Services PMO, Steve is a leader in delivery methods and management of programs that enable the successful delivery of Global Information Technology project.

Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute since 2004.

Steve lives in Northern Arizona with his wife, Colette and enjoys hiking, music and playing soccer.

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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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