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Hello Reader,

I would like your insight on something. I’d like to start a Meetup.com group centered on OpenAgile, but I’m hung up on what it should be called and what the main aim would be. One reason I want to start a new group rather than tack onto another group is to try to attract people from other fields. There are already lots of agile and project management groups in the Bay Area, but there might be another audience for OpenAgile that we haven’t thought of. Also, beyond it’s popularity, a benefit of using Meetup.com is that the group can get sponsors and find some small means of funding itself.

I would welcome your feedback on these ideas or any others that you may have.

1) Bay Area OpenAgile Champions

Essentially, people who are working on developing OpenAgile would come together regularly to talk about the work in the current Cycle. This idea is more focused on keeping us in tune and engaged. Think community building as much as getting stuff done. Hmmm, we could probably do this without Meetup.com…

2) Agile Service Project (or “OpenAgile” Service Project?)

I tried to do something like this in Toronto, but it was hard to get off the ground. https://davidparker9.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/agile-service-project-toronto-2010/ I could see it working here. The audience that this would attract is project oriented, volunteer people. It would also give people who want certification in OpenAgile a way to get some hands on experience and be mentored through several Cycles.

3) New Economy Innovators (or Innovative Methodologies meetup)

Partly an attempt to move away from the word “agile” because it carries certain contexts – software, project management, technology – all very popular in the Bay Area. The focus would be on bringing people together who are coming up with new approaches to solving complex challenges. I spoke at a symposium in Toronto about this and got a very warm reception: https://davidparker9.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/the-story-behind-the-innovative-methodologies-session-april-28-in-toronto/ Truth is there are a lot of these kinds of meetups in the Bay Area as well.

So what do you think?

Are you interested in exploring ways Agile methods can be applied to all types of work, not just software development? Then I invite you to join me in contributing to the Agile Service Project in Toronto.

I’m looking for people who would join me in volunteering a specific, short period of time (aka. weekend, iteration, sprint, cycle) to a good cause in Toronto sometime in summer 2010.  We will work together as a team to deliver something of value to the cause, and in the process, we’ll gain experience applying Agile beyond software.

Here are some ideas for service projects that we can deliver with Agile methods:

  • host a fundraiser
  • do a community clean-up
  • canvas a neighborhood to raise awareness
  • fix a run-down playground
  • do a native tree planting
  • spruce up a local senior’s residence

While this is just a short list, the web is full of ideas for community service projects. Check out this list: 366 Community Service Ideas

The project we take on depends on the committed participants. Drop me a line and let’s use our Agile experience and skills to do something meaningful for our community.

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