About Agile Boston
Agile Boston is a lively user community focused on advancing the spread of Agile knowledge and applied practices in the Greater Boston area. Our Mission is to encourage and help the Greater Boston Agile community to become the most active, most innovative and most vibrant Agile learning community on the planet, by any measure that can be named. Our Vision is simple: A regional community of practice, in the Boston area, that is a thriving ecosystem of Agile learning, continuous improvement and innovation, in service to building energized organizations that create great results.
Agile Boston started life early in the Fall of 2008. Our first few monthly meetings were attended by up to 140 attendees. We continued to convene and execute well-attended monthly meetings every 4th Wednesday of the month for the next year. In 2009, we started developing larger, 1-day, conference events, like GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM. This event has become a cultural tradition for Boston where we honor Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, the co-formulators of Scrum. We literally “give thanks for Scrum” the week of Thanksgiving each year. In 2009, we had 230 people show up for GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM; a testament for how much the Scrum Framework has impacted our work lives.
Agile Boston has pioneered the use of Open Space in Boston, delivering Open Space events as early as Spring 2009. We developed the Agile Boston Open event format, a hybrid format featuring a traditional conference format in the AM and an Open Space in the afternoon. In the Spring of 2010, we had 250 people attend the Agile Boston Open event at the Microsoft location in Waltham. In the Fall of 2010, we had 250 people attend the Agile Boston Open event at the Westin Hotel. In the Fall of 2011, we convened a similar event called “Agile Day in Boston”, where we created full proceedings in PDF format. We organized to receive handwritten reports from conveners, scanned them, and shipped them off to a transcriber. Now we teach other Agile groups throughout the world exactly how to do this. If you want to know how, contact us and we will help you!
Today the Agile Boston community meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in Cambridge MA and soon will be having monthly events in Burlington and Boston. We also continue to facilitate larger events like GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM and the AGILE CULTURE CONFERENCE throughout the year.