Back in 2003, when I first dipped my toes into the world of Agile, I had no idea that it would become such an integral part of my life. Two decades later, my passion for Agile ways of working hasn’t waned; it’s only grown stronger.
The early days and the evolution
I remember my early days, diving into XP and Scrum, feeling like a small fish in a vast ocean. But as the years passed, I witnessed the evolution of our community. We didn’t just stick to IT; we realised the immense value Agile brought to various business sectors. We integrated ideas from product development, empathetic leadership, and lean manufacturing. We championed the concept of business Agility, emphasising that it should permeate every corner of an organisation.
The people who made the journey worthwhile
Throughout this journey, I’ve been fortunate to cross paths with some of the most brilliant minds in the Agile world. From some of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto to influential figures like Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, to the newer members who bring fresh perspectives. These connections, nurtured at Agile 20XX, Agile Australia, and other international conferences, have been instrumental in my growth, both professionally and personally.
The Agile community is unlike any other. It’s open, curious, and inclusive, and I wear my association with it as a badge of honour.
Central to this community’s growth and evolution has been the Agile Alliance. I’ve always admired its role as an umbrella organisation, embracing all Agile flavours without bias. Their commitment to “explore, apply, and expand Agile values, principles, and practices” has been a shining light, guiding us through the ever-evolving landscape of Agile practices. Their unwavering dedication has played a big role in making Agile what it is today: a widely accepted approach that’s reshaping how businesses operate.
A desire to give back
With all the knowledge, connections, and experiences I have gained, I have had a growing desire to give back to this community that has given me so much. The Agile landscape today, with its many challenges and opportunities, feels reminiscent of those early days when the Agile Manifesto was created. We’re on the cusp of another transformative phase, with the advent of generative AI, the shift towards hybrid and remote work models, and the increasing demand for empathetic leadership.
In such transformative times, I feel a strong pull to play a more active role. Joining the Agile Alliance Board feels like the perfect avenue to channel my passion and contribute to shaping the future of Agile. Representing not just the global community but also giving voice to the vibrant Agile community from New Zealand and Australia is a responsibility I cherish.
I’m excited to collaborate with the visionary individuals of the Agile Alliance board. Their warmth, support, and shared passion for Agile have been truly heartening. Together, I believe we can navigate the challenges ahead, uphold the Agile values and principles, and chart a path that ensures the continued growth and relevance of Agile.
In conclusion, if you’re reading this and haven’t yet become a member of the Agile Alliance, I wholeheartedly encourage you to join and be part of this incredible community.