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:
- The events
- Potential ideas for an event
- How to organize an event
- Let's work together
Good things to know:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Register the event with the festival. Go to the festival's Add An Event page.
- Get the word out to your members. Work with your chapter leadership, they're good at this.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ask questions. We can help.