9 Ways to Get Involved in the Agile Community (no matter how commitment-phobic you may be)

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At the Triangle’s most recent Agile Leadership Network meeting, I had the opportunity to talk to an attendee battling her own reluctance to join. She was interested in Agile’s concepts and principles, but wasn’t sure what what she’d be able to bring to the table. Her hesitation was something I’ve sporadically identified with, and was reminiscent of my introduction to the Agile community.

The Agile community is one that will flourish as we nourish it. Think about how you can contribute. Now, go ahead and multiply that expectation, because you’re likely capable of far more than what you’re envisioning. It’s not easy to put yourself out there and display your vulnerability, but like any experience, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. So, stop underestimating yourself and go for it!

Here are some tips for getting involved, regardless of your experience and/or level of commitment.

Low Commitment

  1. Attend a meetup or event.
    Invite friends and colleagues to come along. Introduce yourself to other attendees. Ask the speaker questions..
  2. Have lunch with someone.
    Share your struggles, questions, excitement. Get to know others who are interested in the same topics.
  3. Use the internet.
    Comment on people’s blog posts. Participate in a LinkedIn Group. Comment and re-tweet people’s posts. Blogs, LinkedIn and Twitter are great resources to learn what is fresh in the Agile community.

Medium Commitment

  1. Volunteer at an event.
    Events need many different types of volunteers. Ask how you can help.
  2. Contribute content.
    Speak at an event. Write a blog post. Share your experience and knowledge in some way.
  3. Sponsor.
    Ask your company to sponsor or host an event or meetup.

High Commitment

  1. Help run a meetup.
    This can be setting up a talk, book club, meeting for lunch, etc. These tend to be recurring, so once you start, it’s a longer-term commitment.
  2. Skills-based volunteering.
    Ask how a local organization could benefit from your experience. Ask what problems they face and if they would like your help solving it.
  3. Start an event.
    Open-space, coaching days, conferences. All of these were started by someone. Come up with a topic. Coordinate speakers. Be the M.C. Find sponsors. Confirm a location. Get the word out. Find other volunteers. You don’t have to do it all on your own. All of these things help, and you’ll really get to know others in your community.

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