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Experience Report Initiative

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The Agile Experience Report initiative promotes the writing and timely sharing of firsthand Agile experiences. The primary activity of the Agile Experience Report initiative is to recruit potential authors and a broad and diverse group of authors from the Agile community and aid them to write short (6-8 pages) insightful reports about their experiences.

Reports will be published on the Agile Alliance website. Authors will also be invited to present their report at an upcoming Agile conference.

> View published Experience Reports here

Experience reports are a resource for those who want perspectives on what others are doing and the lessons they have learned along the way.

What Makes a Good Experience Report

A good experience report explains what happened, why it happened, who it happened to, and why we should care.

What makes an experience report unique and compelling is that it is also a personal story. One powerful way that people learn is by relating to the dilemmas, thought processes, and successes and failures of others.

Experience Report Authors

Experience report authors come from different countries, businesses, and work contexts. By reading about diverse experiences, Agile teams and individuals can come to realize the similar challenges they share and be inspired by how others continue to find ways to improve their work environment and practices.

Experience reports topics may include but are not limited to:

  • How you uniquely adopted, adapted, evolved, blended, or scaled Agile practices.
  • How you tackled architecture, development, design, usability, quality assurance, requirements or documentation, deployment, marketing, product definition, and product or program management.
  • How you introduced Agile practices to your organization and manage the transition to an Agile culture?
  • If you’ve been doing Agile development for a while, how have your values or ways of working changed? What are you doing now and why?
  • What were the challenges you faced? How successful were you in overcoming them? What challenges remain?
  • What mistakes did you make? What insights have you gained that others need to know about?

Volunteer to Shepherd an Experience Report

The  Experience Report initiative promotes the writing and timely sharing of firsthand Agile experiences. The primary activity of the Agile Experience Report initiative is to recruit potential authors from a broad and diverse group of authors from the Agile community and aid them to write short (6-8 pages) insightful reports about their experiences. Reports are published on the Agile Alliance website and authors are invited to present their reports at an upcoming Agile conference.

We are currently looking for volunteers to review proposals for experience reports and help and encourage authors in the role of shepherd/advocate. Each experience report has a shepherd.

A shepherd works closely with their authors, reviewing drafts and freely giving constructive advice. They ask clarifying questions and suggest improvements. The time it takes to shepherd a report can vary as some authors start with a well-formed story and quickly write a first draft while others need more time and guidance time to find their writing rhythm.

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