Welcome to Agile Dialogues; we’re an unconference dedicated to having dialogues about thorny topics in the agile community. What do we mean by ‘thorny topics’? Well these are topics that generally have very entrenched positions of whether one or another is the “right way” or the “true path”. The objective is not so much as determine if there is one or not, but to see what we can learn from each side. If we can temporarily suspend our belief that our side knows all the answers for the topic in question, perhaps, just perhaps, we can learn better ways to improve our craft.

As an unconference, we have one goal on whatever theme we are exploring:

Dialogue over Debate

We aren’t interested in finding out who is right, but rather understanding the contexts, assumptions, and experiences in which you have found the position you take works and to allow your assumptions to be challenged about when your position may no longer work. In the process we may craft new tools or techniques that can help others without the dogma.

In addition, based on conversations at Agile Coach Camp 2016, we want to help people navigate past the bramble and find a clear helpful path for continuing their work. Often when these topics show up and the debate ensues, work discontinues until one side wins (or the other side becomes weary). An outcome desired from Agile Dialogues is to find interventions that allow people to constructively develop a means to remain focused on making progress as opposed to each side of the debate.

These symptoms and interventions will get published on the Agile Brambles site so that people can use these to keep forward momentum on the real work at hand and not get stuck in a thorny thicket that leaves all involved licking their wounds.

Our Next Theme

The theme for the upcoming Agile Dialogues on February 3rd is-

“For getting to the organizational Agility you want, which works better: an intentional transition defined and pushed by the  management of the organization or a co-created approach among those impacted?”

Learn a bit more about this theme in the latest news post.

If this sounds interesting, register through Eventbrite!