February Chapter Meeting
Agile As It Is Today
The Agile Manifesto is seventeen years old this year. And, as The Atlantic reported in December of 2017, it has revolutionized software development. For many people, agile is Scrum or Kanban and for some it is XP. But those are merely frameworks designed to enable the successful pursuit of agility. Agile is actually embedded in the manifesto and principles. For many, the pursuit of agility has not been a delightful experience, but for some, it has been transformative.
And, transformation is the point. In this talk Jean Richardson will give a quick, high level overview of the Agile movement and it’s adherents’ approaches to agility, wrapping up with the newer frameworks. Then, she will hone in on what agility requires of the individual and why that is both challenging and vital for the time we live in—and more essential to our survival every day.
Jean Richardson has over 25 years’ experience in high tech and IT, including a stint as a senior BA for a banking software company. She has 15 years’ mediation experience and is a frequent speaker at conferences and professional development events. Her master’s thesis focused on systems thinking and general systems theory, leadership theory, and agile project management in the form of Scrum with an eye to character recovery in mid-career professionals. She holds PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, and ITIL certifications an is an award-winner project manager as recognized by the Portland chapter of the Project Management Institute. She has been an agile coach for six years focusing on the Portland area, and she provides individual coaching to leaders in transition to an agile leadership stance.
Jean is the creator of the Pervasive Leadership model which is designed to support agility and is an evolution beyond Servant Leadership. She is the author of The Preservation of the Agile Heart: From Mindset to Consciousness. Learn more at agileheart.info. Jean is also a published poet and founded a monthly open mic poetry reading in her neighborhood as her contribution to social activism in the face of unprecedented social change.
Jean teaches courses in Effective Conflict Engagement, Collaboration for Cross-Functional Teams, Setting Collaborative Context, Working Together When You Can’t Be Face-to-Face, and Facilitative Leadership.