Building the Local Agile Community at AgileDC 2017

Andrew Clay Shafer proclaims "Agile doesn't work, people do," while gives giving the keynote for AgileDC had the privilege of attending and sponsoring AgileDC last week. AgileDC is a great event every year. It brings the DC area’s best and brightest thought leaders and practitioners to talk about agile trends, best practices, experiences, and how to grow our practices and community. This event has much more of a community feel than many of the larger conferences and events, which I really appreciate and value. You can focus on forming new relationships and broadening your knowledge of local partners and clients, which benefits everyone.

Agile Requires Us to Work Together

A few key takeaways from this year’s event that resonated with me.

  1. Disruption is good: Once you are good at something, challenge yourself and/or your team to get even better.
  2. Modern Agile Wheel: Make People Awesome, Deliver Value Continuously, Make Safety a Prerequisite, and Experiment & Learn RapidlySafety is important: This theme was prominent in Bob Payne‘s talk about Modern Agile, but also an undertone I picked up from a few other sessions as well. Teams have to feel safe before they can innovate or get better. Individuals have to feel safe to communicate effectively and be their best in their role. Application delivery has to build safety and quality in early in order to support rapid delivery. The organization has to feel safe and confident in using the agile approach, or we won’t get all of the benefits out if it that we could.
  3. We cannot get better if we don’t change our behavior: Andrew Clay Shafer gave a great keynote speech. It motivated me personally to push out of my comfort zone and do something different. It motivated me to bring this back into our agile teams and make sure that we are continually challenging ourselves to get better (i.e., upholding the concept of continuous improvement).
  4. Agile doesn’t work, we do: Again from Andrew’s talk. I think this is a really good reminder for all programs and teams out there. Regardless of methodology, the people and teams are doing the work. The approach we use to do that needs to facilitate success. So, people can’t blame agile for not helping a project get results. Ultimately we need to make our agile process work for us so that we can deliver results better.

Working Locally to Make a Difference

Continuing the trend of connecting with the local DC agile community, TeraThink would appreciate the opportunity to help your organization embrace agile or improve your agile implementation journey. Contact us to start the discussion or learn more about our capabilities and approach.

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on the blog of Dominion Consulting. On November 1, 2017, Dominion Consulting merged with TeraThink and are now operating jointly as TeraThink. All blog posts migrated from the Dominion Consulting website have been updated to refer to ourselves as TeraThink.]