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This month, February 2021, marks the 20th Anniversary of the meeting from which the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, or more colloquially the Agile Manifesto, emerged.  To celebrate this, the Agile20Reflect Festival is being held and PMI Chapters around the world are involved.  

Here's what PMI chapters and individual members are doing:




January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT

I'm part of the opening ceremony

The Official Agile20Reflect Opening Party

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

PMIWDC Fair Lakes

Agile Transformation – People & Culture over everything else

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

PMI Montreal

Accompagner au bon niveau (Communauté de pratique Disciplined Agile)

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

PMI Montreal

Progression de carrière en GP – Les certifications Agile et la valeur de la certification DASM

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EAT

PMI Kenya

Disciplined Agile- Choose your Wow

February 8 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am WAT

I'm a panel member

Disciplined Agile; the Evolution of PMI

February 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

PMI's Mark Lines is a panel member

An Agile Manifesto Futurespective

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CET

PMI's Mark Lines and myself are in Q&A about DA and business agility

Disciplined Agile Apertif

February 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm SAST  

PMI Zambia

Disciplined Agile – Agile Approach to Project Management

February 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PKT 

PMP holder, Ручанова Надежда, is presenter

Design Thinking step by step

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST 

PMI Montreal

L’agilité et son influence des 20 dernières années depuis le Manifeste Agile, où en serons-nous dans 20 ans?​

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm SMT 

PMI Singapore

“You Had Me At Agile” – An Open Space Event for the Agile20Festival

February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

PMI North Carolina

Disciplined Agile- Agile 20 Celebration North Carolina PMI February Chapter Meeting

February 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

PMI Nuevo Leon

Agilidad Empresarial al Estilo WoW​

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 

PMI Lakeshore, Ontario and PMI Toronto

What is Disciplined Agile and how is PMI bringing this exciting new offering to its PMI Chapter members?

February 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CMT 



Ayudando al crecimiento del equipo con Disciplined Agile​

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST PMI Toronto

Using Disciplined Agile to fill potholes along the highway to Greater Agility

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST PMI Montreal

Accélérer le time-to-value avec DA​

February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST PMI Silicon Valley

Lead an Innovative Organization

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST PMI Baltimore

Flash Forward To The Future Using Disciplined Agile

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm -03 PMI-ACP holder, Cezar Meriguetti, is presenting

Gestão de Portfólio de Projetos multi abordagens

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CET PMI Netherlands

Creating Psychological Safety with Disciplined Agile: a Google Case Study

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT 

PMI certification holders, Dr. Gail Ferreira and Dr. Stefanie Puckett

New Ways of Working the Human Component

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST 

PMI Authorize Training Partner, Ditrats

Disciplined agile y arquitectura empresarial ágil una combinación única​


I've likely missed a couple of events so please add a comment and I'll update as soon as I can.  I hope you're able to attend some of these great sessions.

Also, I checked with the organizers and they've agreed to keep the ability to add an event to Agile20Reflect open until February 28th, so it's not too late!






Posted by Scott Ambler on: January 30, 2021 07:33 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

PMI Chapter Opportunity: The Agile20Reflect Festival

#Agile20Reflect banner

February 2021 will be the 20th Anniversary of the meeting from which the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, or more colloquially the Agile Manifesto, emerged.  To celebrate this, the Agile20Reflect Festival will be held around the world during the month of February.  The festival is a collection of agile learning events around the world, where each event is run by a local group such as a PMI chapter. This is a great opportunity for PMI members to learn more about agile, and for PMI Chapters to host an event for their members as part of the festival.

This blog is organized into the following topics:

  1. The events
  2. Potential ideas for an event
  3. How to organize an event
  4. Let's work together


The Events

Good things to know:

  1. You choose the theme of your event. The events and activities are to be focused on the past, present or possible future of agile. I've provided a list of potential ideas below that will hopefully get you thinking about what you can do.
  2. Events are recorded. All events are recorded and those recordings become part of a lasting research data set like Agile Ted Talks. In the future people can use the recordings to self learn and create their own learning paths. Access to the recordings is free for everyone.
  3. The festival organizers really hope PMI chapters will get involved.  They hope that all chapters take part and unlock their creativity to put really interesting creative experiences into the programme.
  4. Keep it local. Hosting events and activities on local languages and culturally appropriate to wherever they are happening.


Potential Ideas for an Event

Here is a list of event ideas that should get you thinking about what your chapter can do:

  1. Disciplined Agile overview.  Your DA Champion has access to standard decks and can present them to your group.  You may also want to reach out to a DA instructor and ask them to present.  See the Let's Work Together section for how to reach out to instructors.
  2. Teach an agile technique. This is particularly well suited for a DA instructor - ask them to run an agile training exercise where they teach a specific agile technique.  Better yet, ask them to teach a specific Disciplined Agile technique that you normally wouldn't learn in commodity agile certification workshops.
  3. Case study presentation. Many chapters have members who work in organizations that have gone through agile transformations, or are in the process of doing so.  Ask them to share their experiences.
  4. Agile project management topics. I can easily see PMI chapters hosting presentations about Agile PMOs, agile project management, agile portfolio management, agile governance, and so on. These are important topics that aren't covered as well as they should be at agile conferences and events.  So here's an opportunity to get the word out.
  5. Agile panel. Panel sessions where people share their experiences adoption agile ways of working, and then answer questions posed by the audience, can be a valuable way to share knowledge.
  6. Open space. Adventurous chapters might want to run an open space event where people suggest topics that they want to talk about and then gather in small groups to do so.  This will require an experienced facilitator to run the session. Perhaps now is the time for your chapter to learn about a new technique, open space, to run learning events.  BTW, open space has been part of the DA tool kit for years.

The above list is just a start. If you have other ideas that you'd like to share, please do so (see below).


How to Organize an Event

This is what I suggest you do:

  1. Reach out to your chapter's DA Champion. This is exactly the type of thing that a DA Champion should take the lead for (we're in the process of reaching out the champions, so hopefully they've heard about this opportunity already). If you don't know who your champion is then ask your chapter leadership.  If your chapter doesn't have a champion yet then work with your chapter leadership to get an event going anyway, and better yet to get a DA champion.  
  2. Reach out to a festival ambassador. There are ambassadors across the world to work locally with groups such as PMI chapters to host events. To find your local ambassador go to the Regional Agile20Reflect Hub list on the festival's home page (it's about half way down the page), select the hub that is applicable to you, and on that page will be the ambassadors for that area of the world.  They're eager to hear from you.
  3. Identify what you'd like to do for your chapter.  We've listed some great ideas above, but you're not limited to what we've suggested.
  4. Weave this into your existing February 2021 schedule.  We appreciate that this is a last minute request and that you very likely already have a lot scheduled for February.  Please try to find room for this as it really is a great opportunity to get involved with the agile community.
  5. Register the event with the festival.  Go to the festival's Add An Event page.
  6. Get the word out to your members. Work with your chapter leadership, they're good at this.
  7. Consider partnering with your local agile user group(s) or nearby chapters.  This may be a great opportunity to make inroads with other groups, and of course to pool your resources.


Let's Work Together

Time is short, so we need to collaborate to make this successful. Let's take advantage of the Disciplined Agile  discussion forum on LinkedIn to collaborate.  Here's how we can use it:

  1. Post ideas for potential events. Please share what you're thinking even if your idea isn't fully baked yet, as I'm sure the community will provide feedback.
  2. Post calls for DA presentations.  There are many people qualified to present about DA, particularly DA instructors, who would love the opportunity to speak at your chapter.
  3. Post offers to present.  If you've got a DA presentation or case study that you'd like to present to a chapter, please volunteer.
  4. Ask questions.  We can help.
Posted by Scott Ambler on: December 16, 2020 10:32 AM | Permalink | Comments (12)

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