February 19, 2021 Conference - Black History Month
The annual conference will begin on February 19, 2021 – during Black History month – as an in-person conference (if COVID-19 allows for group gatherings). This conference will be focused on Blacks, Indigenous, and People of Color’s needs and aspirations.
The Agile for Humanity conference was born out of the massive civil unrest in 2020. As more people open their eyes to the social injustice Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) lives face every day, many are looking for a way to make things better in their own communities and their own workplaces. We organized this conference to create a space where BIPOC can connect to discuss the challenges to equity and inclusivity and to define a way to make things tangibly better.
Our conference will utilize an Open Space Technology format (unconference), to allow people to discuss the topics that they are passionate about. Our goal is to create a space for BIPOC to develop skills that build economic and trust experiences. The topic producers – also known as “conveners”— will guide each session, with attendees contributing to the conversation and learning. We would like to see more speakers and leaders rise as agile leaders across multiple domains.
October 15, 2020 Virtual Open Space
The first virtual conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2020. The theme is “Building economic and trust experiences for BIPOC in Agile, Technology, and Product Development.” Although the conference is focused on BIPOC, all are welcome to attend and contribute to the conversations, empathy, and solutions.
By: Dr. Dave Cornelius
The gathering for the Agile for Humanity Building Economic Liberation conference held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 invited black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and non-BIPOC individuals to share in open space conversations. People attended from around the globe and throughout the United States. The morning started with Joe Jones playing the sweet sounds of Bob Marley “I want to love you” and some Stevie Wonder favorites to set the mood. April “SoulCraftsWoman” Jefferson facilitated the open space proceedings to invite us into full participation to explore what was possible.
If you are new to the open space [Un]conference, it is a liberating experience that is an invitation to bring your whole self to create the topics that is of most interest to you. The open space experience has one law, which is the law of mobility. The mobility law simply states, if you are not getting what you need from a discussion, use your mobility to find what satisfies you. Complimenting the one law is the five (5) principles that are 1) whoever comes are the right people, 2) whatever happens is the only thing that could have, 3) whenever it starts is the right time, 4) whenever it’s over, it’s over, and 5) wherever it happens is the right place. In addition, there are three personas that are 1) Butterfly [move yourself to a place where you can contribute], 2) Bumblebee [contribute across many conversations], and 3) Groundhog [find a space to retreat and appear when you are ready].
Many topics were offered, and people indulged in deep dialogue, sharing their lived experiences. One conversation that gained traction was “What our trauma is and how to deal with it”. Look deep into the graphic recording produced by Ashanti Gardner to see what was discussed. The effect of trauma will continue to be a common theme for most of us in 2020 because of COVID-19, social injustice, and the economic challenges we are experiencing.
Many thanks to our sponsors 1) Agile Alliance, 2) SourceCell, and 3) KnolShare.org, who supported the inaugural launch of this event. Our volunteers included, Stephen Treacy, Kemmy Raji, Jenny Tarwater, Tracy Treacy, Joseph Jones, Ashanti Gardner, April Jefferson, and Dr. Dave Cornelius.
This conference was a prelude to the annual conference that is scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2021 during Black History Month. We want to create a sustainable event for BIPOC and non-BIPOC lives to enjoy peace, love, and harmony as we elevate our craft and mastery in agility, technology and product development. Stay tuned for more details by visiting www.AgileForHumanity.org and follow us on Twitter at @Agile4Humanity.
An Agile Coach and Trainer. She has been practicing Agile for over 10 years and is a Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC), PMI Certified Project Manager, and a professional Coach with the CTI.
Dr. Dave Cornelius aka "Dr. Dave"
Practiced agile and lean over the last ten years while performing many Agile roles that include coach, trainer, Agile leader, product manager / product owner, Scrum Master, and evangelist.
A servant leader and agile change agent. He practices agile approaches, coaching and active in the agile/coaching community He volunteers on the Agile Alliance’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Tracy Treacy, LPC
A specialist in trauma and healing. She is the founder of D&S Healing Center, a psychotherapy private practice. Tracy has experience working with diverse populations, ranging from young undergrads to formerly incarcerated men.
A skilled system engineer with over 25 years of experience in the development of patient monitoring systems for hospitals. He is responsible for driving product architecture based on deep understanding of customer needs. Steve has extensive experience working with luminary healthcare providers to define breakthrough technologies to improve clinical workflow.
April Jefferson, Open Space Facilitator
April Jefferson bares the moniker Soul Craftswoman for her blended mindset, calm, and engaging spirit. April is an independent agile coach, collaboration facilitator, experience crafter, game creator, and speaker.
I have experience in coordinating successful conferences and meetings. I'm always looking for new ways to sharpen my skills and and work with diverse individuals.