The Changing Face of Agile: #WomenInAgile at Agile2016 Recap

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So yes, it’s overdue. The #WomenInAgile session was three months ago, but honestly it took about that long to get my bearings back afterward. It was a busy year in preparation for The Changing Face of Agile, Agile2016 presentations (2), and other conferences, articles, etc. But here I am, and I am so excited to share the presentation video as well as other feedback received from the session that will be incorporated into next year.

For those of you who weren’t there, or for those of you who did attend but you memory is a bit hazy after these few months (and perhaps the happy hour afterward), here’s a quick recap. About 100 women and 10 men met on the Sunday before Agile2016 kicked off in Atlanta this July. It started off with me sharing some research about women’s involvement in the Agile community from my masters thesis. It moved on to our keynote speaker, Cindy Morse of Salesforce Marketing Cloud discussing the Agile transformation and her journey as a women in Agile and IT. There were two interactive Lean Coffee sessions with participants talking and networking among themselves about women and diversity in Agile topics. Then we ended with a beautiful dedication to Jean Tabaka done by Eric Willeke and Ronica Roth.

If you missed it or even if you didn’t, here is the video.

I cannot say enough positive things about the experience of planning and facilitating such a wonderful group of women and men. It is clear that this is a topic that many have passion for and as we continue to drive diversity in our Agile community, the rest of the world will follow suit. The Women in Agile initiative, funded and supported by Agile Alliance, will continue to grow and prosper with the help of anyone and everyone who has a passion around creating a greater, more inclusive and welcoming Agile community.

What came out of the session:

  • A #WomenInAgile Slack channel
  • Increased awareness and buzz around the event (and next year’s)
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Motivation to start local chapters of #WomenInAgile
  • Much much more!

What can you do?

  • Join us! Watch your emails for news about next year’s event from Agile Alliance at Agile2017
  • Visit for more information
  • Follow the #womeninagile hashtag on Twitter
  • Extend a personal invitation to women in your area to become involved in the Agile/tech communities
  • Volunteer for girls’/womens’/diversity events
  • Write a blog post like Rajee did

This is not something I own, this is what the community owns. I’m one of the many faces behind it, but only one. I am encouraging and empowering everyone to get involved in their own ways and make a difference. Be the change you want to see!

It’s a full house at #WomenInAgile
It’s a full house at #WomenInAgile
Women in Agile keynote speaker Cindy Morse
Women in Agile keynote speaker Cindy Morse
Men representing at #WomenInAgile – Ty Crockett and Chris Murman
Men representing at #WomenInAgile – Ty Crockett and Chris Murman
Great group at #womenInAgile
Great group at #WomenInAgile
Women in Agile was dedicated to Jean Tabaka
Eric Willeke and Ronica Roth dedication of #WomenInAgile event to Jean Tabaka


About the Author

As a developer turned Agile coach, Natalie Warnert deeply understands and embraces the talent and environment it takes to build great products. Her extensive experience in Agile methods and user experience makes Natalie’s skills an asset to any team’s continuous improvement journey.

From building the right product to building the product right, Natalie drives strategy and learning through validation. Her recognized expertise has earned her a reputation as a thought leader in the Agile industry. You will often find her speaking at conferences, and she has been invited to share her ideas at the national and international level.

This is an Agile Alliance community blog post. Opinions represented are personal and belong solely to the author. They do not represent opinion or policy of Agile Alliance.

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