Finding Agility At The Farmer’s Market

I went to the Sacramento California farmer’s market with my aunt and uncle. People were walking around and mingling with each other. Farmers and the customers were talking and joking with each other. It was a vibrant and uplifting place place to be.

One reason why many people come to the market is the connection they make with the farmers. People refer to the farmers by their names and vise versa. The customers get direct access to the people who are feeding them and on the flip side, the farmers get to talk to the people who eat their food. This creates a powerful connection and understanding. Both support each other to grow the right kind of fruits and vegetables for the community.

The same can be said about why Agile is successful — connecting with the customers directly. In essence, Agile creates the developer’s market for their customers so that the application a development team produced is what the customers want. Does your organization have a vibrant developer’s market?

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Success! A New Agile Front Has Been Established.

Success! With this flag,  a new Agile front has now been established in Dawson City Yukon — the most north westerly city in Canada. This flag is my way to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. The flag’s location symbolizes the pioneering spirit of the manifesto when it was created by a passionate group of software experts.

 

The flag hangs on a mountain’s ledge that is directly across the river to Dawson City. Dawsonites and tourists can see the flag from the town’s main street (if they have a binocular :) as a constant reminder to Agile’s new frontier.

 

My look is intentional. I am trying to fit into with the environment. Three days staying at a place with no electricity, with outhouses, with constant rain and with single digit temperature days help out a lot. I was into the wild :)

More stuff to come. Up in the Yukon, Internet is not as good as down south.

Next up, I am heading to Juneau to see the glacier. I am hoping to see part of the glacier falling into the ocean (seeing the waterfall process in solid form).

Thanks for a great ride Agile! I’m looking forward to more adventure with you. Onward and upward.

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What Have I Been Up To?

It has been over 7 months since I wrote my last blog. So what have I been up to? Well, here is a list of the stuff that I have done since then (in no particular order).

So what’s next? Travel. I’m taking a year off work starting July 29th, 2011. I plan to drive across Canada and part of the United States. I would like to meet with people who are passionate about agile. I’m very interested in hearing personal and community agile stories. From that, I plan to write and film about the experience. I also want to experience the beauty and the vastness of the two countries.

My first agile stop is Winnipeg. I can’t wait!

If you are practicing agile in Regina, Calgary or Edmonton and you would like to meet with me, please let me know. Thanks!

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