Agile2018 Diversity and Inclusion Experiences

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At the AgileTonight event on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, four Agile Alliance members shared stories about the direct effect of Diversity and Inclusion on their lives with a room full of other members. It was a first and I am very appreciative to be a part of that experience. It was a beginning of a conversation that was long overdue. Thank you Agile Alliance for demonstrating courage to create space for this conversation to take place. I was one of the members sharing stories about inclusion. Many people came up to me and said thank you for being courageous and sharing your story, putting yourself out there meant a lot to me, and so on. Others felt the conversation was too light and did not go far enough, because they wanted a deeper dive into the Diversity and Inclusion topic. A few who were transparent said it was too sad and heavy. I will assume positive intent for those who felt the subject was too heavy.

The aftermath led to two separate conversations with eight Agile Alliance members attending the conference, including myself. We used Lean Coffee, created by Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith, to create topics for the Diversity and Inclusion conversations.

Alex Harms, Jenny Tarwater, Cara Turner, and Steve Holyer podcast discussion topics:

  1. Why are we so fearful?
  2. Can I combine inclusivity and accessibility into one Agile Alliance initiative?
  3. Examples of things that help - learning from experiences that people already have
  4. What don’t I know?

Title: Diversity and Inclusion: Looking Forward – What we can do?

Host: Dr. Dave

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Jason C. Hall, April Jefferson, and John Le Drew podcast discussion topics:

  1. Tactics for pay equity
  2. Hidden diversity
  3. How can you be an ally when you hear / see things?

Title: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Host: Dr. Dave

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Diversity and Inclusion White Paper by Dr. Dave

I hope this conversation continues in a positive way for Agile coaches to be allies for team members and create safety for inclusion of diverse identities. The diversity and inclusion conversation is relevant in our workplaces, community, and homes. As Agile coaches, we are responsible for making work humane, we owe it to teams and organizations to create safety for diverse teams with diverse identities. The identities include age, gender, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, socioeconomic status, accessibility, and sexual orientation.

Thank you Agile Alliance for demonstrating courage to create space for this conversation to take place.

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About the Author

Dr. Dave Cornelius is the founder of the 5 Saturdays program and leads the group’s Leadership Council. In addition to being a published author and speaker, Dave is an experienced IT and business professional and a globally recognized lean and agile catalyst who empowers others to achieve their very best. He specializes in coaching, training, and leading co-located and distributed teams to deliver quality innovations from concept to cash. Dr. Dave held leadership roles where he helped transform IT into a partner with other groups within an organization. Dave holds a doctorate in management (IS/IT emphasis), a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science. His professional certifications include public speaking (Toastmasters DTM), product management (PMC II), project management (PMP), agility practices (PMI-ACP, CSP, SPC), IT service management (ITIL v3), and process optimization (SSBB). Learn more about Dave by visiting or on LinkedIn at You also can follow Dave on Twitter @DrCorneliusInfo.

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