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Agile might still be a small niche which apparently is not yet recognised by the “serious” business thinkers’ community. There seem to be people out there who are rethinking management and business for the 21st century, and we are not connected to them although collaboration between us could produce great results.

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12 January 2012
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Agile with a Purpose
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    “Happy New Year! 2012 won't know what's hit it”.

                          Dave Sharrock after the agile42 Internal Coach Camp

    We want to make Dave’s prediction a reality with the Agile with a Purpose blast (projects don’t hit, right?). We want you to know why we’re doing it.

    Prepare to be astonished!

    Agile Linchpins

    Some Background

    Stephen Parry (@leanvoices) said at the ALE2011 conference that he would like to see agile/lean practitioners joining forces, using their distributed open social network to amplify their knowledge of how Agile works and how it should not be used ("to do the wrong things righter" was his lovely phrase).

    Last week, we discovered @thinkers50 (the world’s top 50 business thinkers). What struck us was:

    1. Why don't more of us know more of them?
    2. Maybe we should start talking to them?
    3. We should raise the awareness of the agile business thinking.

    Agile might still be a small niche which apparently is not yet recognised by the “serious” business thinkers’ community. There seem to be people out there who are rethinking management and business for the 21st century, and we are not connected to them although collaboration between us could produce great results.

    We think that by focusing on our community we are missing some of the right people. 

    Let’s send the right message!

    Our Goal

    • Create something that can't be overheard and will be remembered
      and
    • Prove that the Anarchy with a Purpose model of organisation works again (ALE2011). 

    How we do it

    We co-create in our distributed team and humbly let greatness emerge.

    We want to be nimble, quick, and effective. 

    2012 will not know what's hit it. Thanks Dave!

    We already gathered over a dozen people by private invite. In order of commitment:

    Linchpin

    Twitter

    Bob Marshall

    @flowchainsensei

    Stephen Parry

    @leanvoices

    Gaetano Mazzanti

    @mgaewsj

    Olaf Lewitz

    @OlafLewitz

    Eelco Rustenburg

    @eelco1969

    Simon Bennett

    @cgosimon

    Dave Sharrock

    @davesharrock

    Ivana Gancheva

    @ivanagancheva

    Matt Barcomb

    @mattbarcomb

    Paolo Perrotta

    @nusco

    Martin Kearns

    @kearnsey

    Torbjörn Gyllebring

    @drunkcod

    Mike Sutton

    @mhsutton

    Pawel Brodzinski

    @pawelbrodzinski

    Liz Keogh

    @lunivore

    Andrea Tomasini

    @tumma72

    J. B. Rainsberger

    @jbrains

    Marcin Floryan

    @mfloryan

    Johannes Brodwall

    @jhannes

    Can You Join?

    Sure! Ping us on Twitter and we’ll add you to a list of volunteers. Team members can pull you in to pair on some work. The first (and currently the only planned) iteration will last two weeks and will start soon, so you might want to be quick.

    How to Follow

    The Twitter hashtag is #AWAP. What outcome do you expect from this crowd joining their passion for two weeks?

     

    Discussion 3 Comments

    I would love to help out! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    Very interesting initiative. I find that ideas like Agile are fairly software specific, and that the further up the management chain you go, software becomes less of a focus as it is just a small part of some other product, or used to support some other business process. Then agile-like cultural or management system improvements are still required, but it makes less sense to talk about agile because it is too software-centric.

    There are a lot of good ideas out there like rightshifting, lean, systems and complexity thinking, servant leadership etc, that can help bring agile-like improvements to areas where software is not the main focus. It makes sense to bring these ideas together, spread them around, and develop actual methods and practices for realising these ideas.

    I am not much of an expert myself but I look forward to what this initiative brings, I find more and more of a need to communicate these ideas to managers and more importantly, find ways to realise these ideas as concrete methods and practices.

    I think you made a mistake with the phrase:
    "Create something that can't be overheard and will be remembered".

    You can't translate überhören with overheard. Overheard means mithören. You probably want something like "cannot be ignored" or "cannot be missed".

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