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Phil Brock & Paul Hammond on the State of the Agile Alliance

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In this podcast recorded at the Agile 2018 conference Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Phil Brock and Paul Hammond of the Agile Alliance about the current state of the Alliance and plans for the future.   

Key Takeaways

  • Agile 2018 had around 2400 attendees, from 54 countries and 900 companies, with over 270 sessions across the five days of the conference
  • The Agile Alliance initiatives represent the areas that the Alliance is involved in and supporting their members globally
  • The mission of the alliance is to create an inclusive global community, advance the breadth and depth of agile and provide value to the member community
  • Affiliates are being established where there is a strong community that wants to come together and have a more local focus with support that is appropriate for the local context
  • Being a part of the agile community implies that one is participating, not simply consuming

Show Notes

  • 00:27 Introductions
  • 00:41 Stats about the Agile 2018 conference
  • 01:07 The wide distribution of countries and organisations represented at the event
  • 01:36 The tracks at the conference and the breadth of topics – 270 sessions over the week
  • 02:43 Big themes at the event
  • 03:12 There is a significant number of first-time attendees and there is a need to provide some of the foundational agile knowledge as part of the conference
  • 03:42 The Audacious Salon as a way to provide a cutting-edge view, exploring topics such as diversity and inclusion 
  • 04:08 The Agile Alliance focus at the event, publicising the work done in initiatives
  • 05:12 The Business Agility Lab run by the Alliance
  • 05:52 Agile Advice sessions with volunteers who can answer specific questions from participants
  • 07:28 The code of conduct and how the Agile Alliance shows up in the community
  • 07:43 Facilitating the conversation around diversity and inclusion (8:32 )
  • 09:28 The agile movement globally has taken a hold and grown significantly and still needs to expand further
  • 10:01 The global focus that the Alliance is taking – for example the Emergent Economies Initiative
  • 10:43 Responding about the relevance of the Alliance in today’s world.  The core set of challenges which the Alliance is focused on addressing
  • 11:18 The Agile Alliance is primarily focused on agile in the software domain because those problems are not yet completely solved
  • 11:46 Exploring what it means to be agile as the world around us changes
  • 12:01 The Brightline initiative as an example of how the Alliance is partnering with other organisations to achieve common goals
  • 12:21 The Brightline focus on the gap between strategy and execution
  • 12:49 Research shows that the numbers are poor for successful strategy implementation
  • 13:15 The Alliance is still relevant because the problems the founders (authors of the Agile Manifesto) were trying to address are still not solved across industry
  • 13:46 The Alliance will continue to work with other organisations to achieve the mission of the alliance – creating an inclusive global community, advance the breadth and depth of agile and provide value to the member community
  • 14:40 The global expansion of the Alliance through Affiliate organisations around the world 
  • 14:57 Affiliates forming where there is a strong community that wants to come together and have a more local focus with support that is appropriate for the local context
  • 16:05 The Alliance has a portfolio of conferences, not just the Agile 20XX event
  • 17:14 Reaching out to the global member community to understand what they really need from the Alliance
  • 17:28 Ensuring that the content generated in the events is well organised and available to members effectively
  • 17:58 One of the strong reasons to become a member of the Agile Alliance is the availability of deep educational content produced at the various Agile Alliance events around the world
  • 18:37 Some of the content is freely available to the broader community without paying for membership
  • 18:54 Membership in the Agile Alliance is a badge of professional achievement, which members are proud of
  • 19:25 Members get discounts for attending the Agile Alliance events
  • 19:44 Attending an Agile Alliance conference grants a one-year membership which gives access to all the Alliance content
  • 19:57 Being a part of the agile community implies that one is participating, not simply consuming
  • 20:06 The Alliance is about the facilitation of collaboration globally to share knowledge about all things agile

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