Growing Racial Equity in the Agile Community for Black Lives

NEXT EVENT:  Virtual Open Space

EVENT DATE: Friday July 10, 2020

TIME: 3 p.m – 6 p.m Eastern Time




  • Participation in previous events is NOT a prerequisite to participate in future events.  We encourage everyone to review and share the resources and join at any time.
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  • Additional dates for the rest of the series to be announced soon
  • Exploration is occurring for a second series on the opposite timezone
  • This event, as with all events, will follow the Agile Alliance Code of Conduct

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Sharing the Journey

In the last session, we invested time listening and building empathy from multiple perspectives around racial inequity for Black lives in our globally Agile community. We invite you to continue the journey to action. The next event will be an Open Space for our Growing Racial Equity in the Agile Community for Black Lives series.


July 10, 2020
3:00pm – 6:00pm EST


Exposing Complex Problems of Racial Inequity for Black Agilists


It is a self-organizing experience which releases the inherent creativity and leadership in people. By inviting people to take responsibility for what they care about, Open Space establishes a “marketplace” of inquiry, sharing, reflection and learning, bringing out the best in both individuals and the whole. Open Space is a loose structure that is governed by five principles and one law.

The Five Principles

  • Whoever comes is the right people.
  • Wherever it happens is the right place.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
  • Whenever it’s over, it’s over.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.

The Law of Personal Mobility

If you find yourself where you can’t learn or contribute, move yourself to a place where you can.

Learn more about Open Space here.


Free for Agile Alliance members and subscribers


Yes! The event builds off the first experience; however, it’s designed so you can add value without being in the first session.


The agenda and outcomes to be created by you and the other attendees.


April Jefferson

Building Resources

We have created and shared a Google drive folder which includes all of the topics discussed, empathy maps created, photos, and other resources to browse through.  

We encourage everyone to add resources to the spreadsheet.  

Join Slack

We encourage everyone to join the Talk Agile Alliance Community Slack group and #diversity_inclusion channel to engage with the worldwide community so the conversation can continue and spread year round.  

From there we invite you to join the #growing_equity_agile channel.  

We Support the Black Community

This long overdue global conversation is spurred by events that have occurred in North America that graphically illustrated the systemic worldwide problem of racism in a way that nobody in the world could ignore. This has given people all around the world the strength to speak up about challenges they face day to day due to racism.

These events have put a harsh spotlight on the elephant in the room that many of us did not feel safe to talk about. This series is about creating a safe space for us to have serious conversations about improving how we interact with each other because we want to genuinely value individuals and interactions.

We spend most of our lives working. How can we ensure that we all have an equal opportunity to enjoy our time as professionals? What constructs do we need to put in place so that we can shift the inequities for Black people in our global Agile Community?

We’d like to share a quote with you…

“. . . teams where everyone is alike, while comfortable, are not effective. Teams need to bring together a variety of skills, attitudes, and perspectives to see problems and pitfalls, to think of multiple ways to solve problems, and to implement the solutions. Teams need diversity. Conflict is the inevitable companion of diversity. “

— Kent Beck. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (XP Series)

There are multiple facets of diversity.  Let’s embrace the “inevitable” racial diversity conflict and come together globally to find solutions with concrete actions we can implement.  Our focus is on creating an equitable community fostering interactivity and collaboration that enables everyone to listen to, engage with, and support diverse voices to produce amazing solutions.

This is the beginning of an ongoing conversation, not just one session or one day. We will continue to come together to explore and confront the ugly problems we’re facing to build empathy and design solutions. Throughout this journey, we will continually retrospect, inspect and adapt, and improve as we confront even more questions, have hard conversations, and realize difficult actions.

We invite you to join us on this journey in first understanding and then…

Growing Racial Equity in the Agile Community for Black Lives



April Jefferson

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April Jefferson is an independent agile coach, collaboration facilitator, experience crafter, game creator, and speaker.

She is on the nonprofit board for Agile Open Northwest, chairwoman of the board for Design Action Lab, which focuses on social change, and founder of Women In Agile Open. 

She adds values to the world by nurturing the journey to nourish oneself through generative engagement. 

She enjoys harmonizing mindsets, crafting applied learning experiences, and holding space.

Her hobbies include all things open space, conferencing, board games, card games, and more games. Tabi is an agile storytelling game released this year that she co-created. 

When not coaching organizations, she mentors youth, is active in local agile meetups, works on social change for the community,  speaks at conferences domestically and internationally, organizes or facilitates open space unconferences, and is thinking up more collaboration games.

April currently lives in the United States with her husband and five children.


Antony Marcano

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Antony Marcano is co-founder of RiverGlide, a coaching, consultancy and training firm helping teams and organisations innovate with agility. He has been in software development for nearly 25 years, almost 20 of which have been either working in teams or guiding them and the organisations around them, as they aspire to greater agility. Antony is as much a practitioner as he is coach, consultant and trainer in topics from writing communicative, maintainable code to User Stories & BDD to effective team models, approaching change and Kent Beck’s emerging 3X framework.

His thought leadership is recognised through the references and acknowledgements found in numerous books – including Agile Coaching, Bridging The Communication Gap, Software Craftsmanship Apprenticeship Patterns and Agile Testing. Antony is also published in journals, such as Better Software Magazine, earning him his past tenure there as Technical Editor, successor to people such as Brian Marick and Mike Cohn. Antony is known for his inspiring and thought provoking talks at international conferences, events and within organisations and has regularly lectured as a guest speaker at Oxford University.

For more on Antony, visit, Antony also tweets at @AntonyMarcano.

We are listening. We are learning.

Agile Alliance stands firmly and wholeheartedly in support of the Black community, and in the ongoing fight for racial justice and equity around the world.  Racial injustice has no place in our organization and our community.

As we are committed to supporting people who explore and apply Agile, valuing “individuals and interactions” is at the core of what we do. This idea goes beyond our work in software — it’s the basis of human dignity itself.

We understand these issues are not new and that explicitly declaring our commitment to them is overdue. Words are powerful, but we want to complement our words with action.  We are reinforcing the following commitments:

  • We will focus on examining, building and embracing the diversity within our organization and membership.
  • We will use our platform to elevate and engage underrepresented stakeholder voices.
  • We will create space for ourselves and the Agile community to engage in essential discussions, anti-racist learning and action.

We will keep listening. We will keep learning.  We will do better.  We support the Black community.  #BlackLivesMatter


— Agile Alliance Board of Directors