May 2011 CPYF dialogue newsletter - community development with agile


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May 2011 CPYF dialogue newsletter - community development with agile

  1. 1. 運用AGILE敏捷軟體建構社群 2011 • U Agile • • • P.O.S.T. – ‧ Marv Adams (TDAmeritrade ( • Glocal Agile Glocal1
  2. 2. AgileAgile 1. Co-­‐Ini)a)ng 2. Co-­‐Sensing·· 3. Presencing·Agile 4. Co-­‐Crea)ng   5. Co-­‐Evolving ( Agile Agile AgileU Agile Agile POST U Co-Initiating Agile POST Co-Sensing PresencingAgile Co-Creating Agile Co-Evolving Agile2
  3. 3. C P Y E N F O U N D A T I O N Community Building with Agile May 2011This May Dialogue Newsletter tells the story of a group of • After the Camp Snowball event, participants benefiteducators aspiring to transform the way education is taught from ongoing coaching support for personal andand how they are using Theory U and a software systemic change challenges. A support structure,development process called “Agile” to build their community. plan, and initial activities are in place before Camp Snowball starts.Teachers, administrators, students, parents, communitymembers, businesses, and government leaders from across • Students are enrolled as the main drivers of platform development. If the students get excited aboutthe globe are gathering this summer in Tuscon, Arizona, at transforming education, the adults will event called “Camp Snowball” (, and intend to build a scaleable • Make it easy to find & use “stuff that really works”social movement that will shift education from industrial era such as peer reviewed resources and curriculumparadigms to a systems thinking-based approach which materials.supports kids as innovators and enables them to become“systems citizens.” • Awards, recognitions and post criteria are applied to showcase online contributions about applying orSystems Citizens are members of a glocal community who accomplishing systemic change.strive to understand the complexities of todays world andhave the informed capacity to make a difference. Thepragmatism of this idea is expressed well by Marv Adams The brainstorming above was produced by using P.O.S.T. - a(COO of TD Ameritrade!; former CIO of Citigroup; former way to think through one’s strategy:CIO and head of Corporate Strategy of Ford MotorCompany):"Without systems thinking skills, it is impossible to effectivelylead, set direction and execute in senior executive rolesacross most industries. Too many leaders, unfortunately,have emerged with well-developed left brain thinkingmethods of management, but underdeveloped right brain,holistic thinking leadership abilities. Is this dominance of leftbrain thinking a result of our schools and our training anddevelopment programs, or is this inherent? If it is notinherent, then there are few greater areas of leverage forinnovation in education than by developing systems thinkingskills with kids starting from a young age!"Camp Snowball is the community launch event, followingwhich the organizers want to build an online platform that willconnect education initiatives and offer support throughongoing capacity building services. I was invited to thinktogether with them about what kind of technology wouldenable their social movement to scale-up. Highlights from ( Snowball’s current strategy are listed below as anexample of one groups approach to developing socialchange and sustainable community: Once the people, objectives and strategy are identified, lastly consider the technology. Why? Because too often websites • Build on the relationships formed at Camp Snowball are built first with the belief that community will naturally be across sectors, school systems, and communities by drawn to it, yet I believe vibrant community and real mission creating spaces for teams to present and share their realization grows from genuine face-to-face relationships own work. When diverse teams from different parts and don’t emerge simply because the technology exists. of the world come together, businesses can connect Global networks function best when they’re connecting with other businesses; community members connect vibrant local relationships, and doesn’t work well when with other community members; educators and relationships are based solely on internet exchanges alone. students can join with other educators and students, “Glocal” to me means, being deeply connected to local thus reinforcing the learning that is seeded at Camp contexts while also behaving as a member of the global Snowball. Cross-sectoral relationships highlighting family. diverse needs and perspectives are also critical for building creative tension and thereby driving these Briefly below I highlight how aspects of the Agile philosophy activities to scale. can help Glocal communities realize a shared mission. 3
  4. 4. The design process for Camp Snowball’s ongoingApplying Agile to social change community building mimics Theory U and Agile as well. My involvement was itself a prototype of what facilitatingAgile is used in the software development industry and positive social change and sustainable communityvalues collaboration and process adaptability throughout a development could look like. This brief newsletter doesn’tproject’s life-cycle. It developed from lean manufacturing: a do justice to the depth of each tool mentioned here, Iprocess made famous by Toyota’s revival of the Japanese encourage you to look further into Agile, POST, Theory U,economy after WWII and revolutionized industrial era and Camp Snowball for experimenting with how you tooconventions. Lean manufacturing values getting the best could apply them to your mission!out of limited investment:· Build only what is needed· Eliminate anything which does not add value· Stop if something goes wrongAgile grew from this tradition where requirements andsolutions evolved in iterations through collaboration amongsmall self-organizing, cross-functional teams. Through thediscipline of brief and daily face-to-face communicationwhere teammates report 1) what was done on the previousday, what is intend for today, and current roadblocks are, thecommunity is able to address issues as they arise and adaptquickly.This May I attended the first Agile community conferencehosted by Rally Software, a world leader in Agile technology( Despite being an odd-ball inthe crowd of Agile experts; I listened with the question inmind: “how can Agile help facilitate positive social changeand sustainable community development in a non-technology context?” I soon discovered that Agile parallelsremarkably to Theory U.Theory U and the Agile methodology:“Co-Initiating”: Agile’s POST process. Understand what theclient really wants.“Co-Sensing” and “Presencing”: Agile’s daily meetingswhere sharing, reflection and sensing the emergent realitytake place.“Co-Creating”: Agile’s iterative prototypes.“Co-Evolving” Agile’s delivery stage where user experienceis integrated into ongoing project work.*Read more about the U Theory in April’s DialogueNewsletter. 4