A Community of Thinkers

Posted by on Dec 7, 2009 in Agile & Lean | One Comment

I am a member of a community of thinkers.

I believe that communities exist as homes for professionals to learn, teach, and reflect on their work.

I challenge each community in the software industry to:

  • reflect and honor the practitioners who make its existence possible;
  • provide an excellent experience for its members;
  • support the excellent experience its members provide for their clients and colleagues in all aspects of their professional interactions;
  • exemplify, as a body, the professional and humane behavior of its members;
  • engage and collaborate within and across communities through respectful exploration of diverse and divergent insights;
  • embrace newcomers to the community openly and to celebrate ongoing journeys; and
  • thrive on the sustained health of the community and its members through continual reflection and improvement.

I believe that leaders in each community have a responsibility to exhibit these behaviors, and that people who exhibit these behaviors will become leaders.

I am a member of a community of thinkers. If I should happen to be a catalyst more than others, I consider that a tribute to those who have inspired me.

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”A Community of Thinkers” by Liz Keogh, Jean Tabaka and Eric Willeke is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Please attribute to the distributor of your copy or derivative.

I met Liz on the ScrumGathering in Munich in October. She taught me how to write haiku to connect the two sides of your brain. I learned about Behaviour Driven Development from her blog and took great value from her InfoQ article, Pulling Power: A New Software Lifespan. Now she did it again: Surprise me by coining thoughts I didn’t even know I had.

Earlier today, a discussion on Twitter was started by George Dinwiddie, because he was cited out of context to have supported one PMAC certification for “Agile Project Managers”. He didn’t, and Agile Project Manager is an oxymoron, as Tobias Mayer rightly remarked.

Tobias, to round things up, just yesterday posted an article on The People’s Scrum where he states that Scrum is neither tool nor best practice, but “a framework for organizational change and personal freedom”. This sums up why I so full-heartedly support this not-a-manifesto.

I am a member of a community of thinkers.

(And this is an Epistrophe. Liz teached me.)

Continued from Liz’ blog…:

Because of that personal nature, we wanted to avoid putting this up as some kind of centralised manifesto that people can sign. If you feel strongly enough about it that you want to sign up, copy it. Post it on your own site. Attribute it to wherever you got your copy from – the act of sharing is more important to us than the act of creation – and feel free to change it so that it reflects your own values. I don’t think that any statement like this can ever be perfect, nor will we perfectly live up to it.

I am a member of a community of thinkers. So are you.


1 Comment

  1. Jean Tabaka
    December 7, 2009


    Thank you so much for your participation in declaring our community of thinkers. I am so glad you met Liz in Munich and that you are gathering voices around you that create a real forward-thinking Agile community.



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