The Changing Face of Agile – #WomenInAgile at Agile 2016 recap

The Changing Face of Agile – #WomenInAgile at Agile 2016 recap

October 7, 2016 Conferences Women In Agile 2

So yes, it’s overdue. The #WomenInAgile session was almost three months ago, but honestly it took about that long to get my bearings back afterward. It was a busy year in preparation for The Changing Face of Agile, Agile 2016 presentations (2), and other conferences, articles, etc. But here I am, and I am so excited to share the keynote presentation video as well as other feedback received from the session that will be incorporated into next year.

For those of you who weren’t there, or for those of you who did attend but you memory is a bit hazy after these few months (and perhaps the happy hour afterward), here’s a quick recap. About 100 women and 10 men met on the Sunday before Agile 2016 kicked off in Atlanta this July. It started off with me sharing some research about women’s involvement in the Agile community from my masters thesis. It moved on to our keynote speaker, Cindy Morse of  Salesforce Marketing Cloud discussing the agile transformation and her journey as a women in agile and IT. There were two interactive lean coffee sessions with participants talking and networking among themselves about women and diversity in agile topics. Then we ended with a beautiful dedication to Jean Tabaka done by Eric Willeke and Ronica Roth.

If you missed it or even if you didn’t, here is the video.

I cannot say enough positive things about the experience of planning and facilitating such a wonderful group of women and men. It is clear that this is a topic that many have passion for and as we continue to drive diversity in our agile community, the rest of the world will follow suit. The Women in Agile initiative, funded and supported by the Agile Alliance, will continue to grow and prosper with the help of anyone and everyone who has a passion around creating a greater, more inclusive and welcoming agile community.

What came out of the session:

  • A #womenInAgile slack channel
  • Increased awareness and buzz around the event (and next year’s)
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Motivation to start local chapters of #womenInAgile
  • Much much more!

What can you do?

  • Join us! Watch your emails for news about next year’s event from Agile Alliance at Agile 2017
  • Visit for more information
  • Follow the #womeninagile hashtag on Twitter
  • Join the LinkedIn group
  • Extend a personal invitation to women in your area to become involved in the agile/tech communities
  • Volunteer for girls’/womens’/diversity events
  • Write a blog post like Rajee did

This is not something I own, this is what the community owns. I’m one of the many faces behind it, but only one. I am encouraging and empowering everyone to get involved in their own ways and make a difference. Be the change you want to see!

It's a full house at #womenInAgile

It’s a full house at #womenInAgile


Keynote speaker Cindy Morse

Keynote speaker Cindy Morse

Men representing at #WomenInAgile - Ty Crockett and Chris Murman

Men representing at #WomenInAgile – Ty Crockett and Chris Murman

Great group at #womenInAgile

Great group at #womenInAgile

Eric Willeke and Ronica Roth dedication of #womenInAgile event to Jean Tabaka

Eric Willeke and Ronica Roth dedication of #womenInAgile event to Jean Tabaka


2 Responses

  1. […] Natalie Warnert reports on the #WomenInAgile session at the Agile 2016 conference. […]

  2. This is great! Love to see so many amazing people gather together for a passion towards Agile and Scrum. Great discussions , Hoping to see more Agile related events such as this in the future.

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