Why I Joined the Agile Alliance Board: A Heartfelt Shoutout to My Community


Aug 10, 2023  ·  Sandy Mamoli


Back in 2003, when I first dipped my toes into the world of Agile, I had no idea that it would become such an integral part of my life. Two decades later, my passion for Agile ways of working hasn't waned; it's only grown stronger.

The Early Days and the Evolution

I remember my early days, diving into XP and Scrum, feeling like a small fish in a vast ocean. But as the years passed, I witnessed the evolution of our community. We didn't just stick to IT; we realised the immense value Agile brought to various business sectors. We integrated ideas from product development, empathetic leadership, and lean manufacturing. We championed the concept of business agility, emphasising that it should permeate every corner of an organisation.

The People Who Made the Journey Worthwhile

Throughout this journey, I've been fortunate to cross paths with some of the most brilliant minds in the Agile world. From some of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto to influential figures like Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, to the newer members who bring fresh perspectives. These connections, nurtured at Agile 20XX, Agile Australia, JAFAC the Agile Alliance New Zealand and many other international conferences, have been instrumental in my growth, both professionally and personally.

The Agile Alliance

The Agile community is unlike any other. It's open, curious, inclusive, and I wear my association with it as a badge of honour.

Central to this community's growth and evolution has been the Agile Alliance. I've always admired its role as an umbrella organisation, embracing all Agile flavours without bias. Their commitment to "explore, apply, and expand Agile values, principles, and practices" has been a shining light, guiding us through the ever-evolving landscape of Agile practices. Their unwavering dedication has played a big role in making Agile what it is today: a widely accepted approach that's reshaping how businesses operate.

Looking Ahead

I'm excited to collaborate with the visionary individuals of the Agile Alliance board. Their warmth, support, and shared passion for Agile have been truly heartening. Together, I believe we can navigate the challenges ahead, uphold the Agile values and principles, and chart a path that ensures the continued growth and relevance of Agile.

In conclusion, if you're reading this and haven't yet become a member of the Agile Alliance, I wholeheartedly encourage you to join and be part of this incredible community.

Categories: Leadership.

Tags: Agile Alliance, Agile conference, Agile Community, Agile.