Code of Conduct
Agile Alliance’s mission is to support people who explore and apply Agile values, principles, and practices to make building software solutions more effective, humane, and sustainable. In support of this mission, Agile Alliance wants to ensure a respectful, safe and inclusive environment for everyone, whenever they are engaged in Agile Alliance activities.
We do not tolerate harassing or disrespectful behavior, interactions, messages, or images, by any participant in an Agile Alliance activity, in any form. This includes business and social activities, regardless of location.
We encourage everyone to help in creating a welcoming and safe environment. Please report any concerns, harassing behavior, suspicious or disruptive activity using these contact methods .
Agile Alliance reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from an activity at any time at its sole discretion.
Something Has Happened
If you are being harassed, notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the following people or use the online form.
Program Committee Members, Track Chairs, Registration desk, Agile Alliance Staff and Board, Volunteers, or Venue Staff
If you feel unsafe or in danger, please call 911 / 112 or your local emergency number.
Who does the Code of Conduct apply to?
Everyone. All participants in any Agile Alliance activity, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, contributors etc, are required to agree with and adhere to the code of conduct.
Where and when does this Code of Conduct apply?
Agile Alliance offers many opportunities for our members and the broader community to come together to network and collaborate. These include in-person and online conferences, sponsored events, initiatives, and online contributions. This code of conduct applies in all cases, and covers business and social activities, regardless of location.
What is considered harassment / a breach of the Code of Conduct?
Harassment includes (but is not limited to):
- intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct;
- offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion, political views, technology choices;
- inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides);
- deliberate intimidation, stalking or following;
- harassing photography or recording;
- sustained disruption of talks or other events;
- inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention.
Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any situation, including talks, workshops, special events, meetings, and online presentations. Event sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.
Some venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
What are the consequences of violating the Code of Conduct
Conference organisers and volunteers, Initiative Directors, Agile Alliance staff and board members will enforce this code throughout all Agile Alliance activities.
Participants in any Agile Alliance activity asked to stop harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Agile Alliance may take any action it deems appropriate, including reporting to authorities. Agile Alliance reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from an activity at any time at its sole discretion. At conferences specifically, participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the Managing Director or Board Chair of Agile Alliance.
When should I seek help or report an incident?
Every incident is important, no matter how minor it might seem at the time. Please seek help as soon as possible for anything you consider harassment or a breach of the Code of Conduct. You should also report all incidents as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
It is everybody’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful environment. As such, you should report incidents:
- If it is something that has happened to you
- If someone shared something with you, or you were with them when it happened
- If you saw something happen from afar
How do I find help or report an incident?
If you need help, or need to report an incident please contact any of the following: Program Committee Members, Track Chairs, Registration desk, Agile Alliance Staff or Board, Volunteers, or Venue Staff.
If you cannot find any of these people, or are involved in an Agile Alliance activity which is not part of a conference, you can also use our online form here. Content entered using this online form will be sent only to the Managing Director and Board Chair of Agile Alliance.
At a conference or event, you can get help or report an incident by contacting any of the following: Program Committee Members, Track Chairs, Registration desk, Agile Alliance Staff and Board, Volunteers, or Venue Staff. They all know what to do, and are there to support you.
If you cannot find any of these people, or are involved in an Agile Alliance activity which is not part of a conference, you can contact us using this online form below. Content entered using this online form will be sent only to the Managing Director and Board Chair of Agile Alliance.