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The Agile Community

Around the world, there is a global network of people who, with little fanfare and deep dedication, incubate ideas that change our world.

They are the “Agilists” — those who adhere to the Agile Manifesto published in 2001. They meet in small and big rooms, around tables, and on stages. They help each other to make good ideas great.

If you want to be part of the agile community, this book will open the door to this global movement. With candor and generosity, author Alex Sloley invites you to join and shows you how. He reveals why you’ll love it. And he illuminates the path he took to becoming a thought leader in the global agile community.

You can join the Agile community, too. If you are willing, you are welcome. In this book, you’ll discover how to do the following:

  • benefit from being part of the Agile community
  • save time and effort and still be a great contributor
  • plan a Lean Coffee™ event
  • plan and win a speaking gig
  • organize a local conference or “unconference”
  • run “tracks” at national or global conferences
  • lead an in-house agile community of practice
  • develop communities across corporations
  • be seen as a leader within your corporation and your community
  • And much, much more

When Agilists get together, they change the world. You can be part of that change.

About the Author(s)
Alex Sloley

Alex Sloley is an agile evangelist. On top of his busy career working for companies around the world, he is an avid member of the agile community. He speaks regularly on the global stage and is an organizer of conference organizers. He specializes in agile training, coaching, and transformations. For those in the know, Alex is a member of the Scrum Alliance Coaching Advisory Team and co-chair of the Agile Alliance Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative Team. For the rest of us, that means Alex helps a lot of people and is a mover and shaker.

On the tech side, Alex is a 15-year veteran of Microsoft, where he was a Scrum Master, Scrum of Scrums Master, and Product Owner. During his tenure at Microsoft, he shipped in over ten Microsoft products, worked with Microsoft Research on high-profile projects, and led his organization into an enterprise-level implementation of Scrum. Alex’s blue-chip client list includes Cisco, Deloitte, Intel, Macquarie, Nordeus, Nordstrom, Qantas, Satori, Shell, Starbucks, WatchGuard, and Westpac. Alex is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach, ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching, and an ICAgile Authorized Instructor. And a bit of an overachiever. He likes beer.

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