COLLABERATIVE LEARNING and MENTORING
One of our key values is helping the community and its members grow as agilists. We do this though:
- Sponsoring our communities of practice
- Supporting external educational events and communities of practice
- Mentoring new Agilists
COMMUNITIES of PRACTICE
We sponsor and facilitate a 30-minute, weekly community and a 90-minute, monthly community. While we may introduce techniques to educate and to keep the meetings engaging, the communities decide the what and the how. If you would like to learn more or join either community, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Friday noon (CT) virtual micro-sessions provide an opportunity for new and experienced Agilists to come together and discuss a very narrow topic. The community constantly evolves session format to best serve its members. Each week, the attendees create a short list (backlog) of potential topics for the next meeting. The list for the next meeting is:
- Pressing issue from the community
- Traditional development practices that remain effective in Agile organizations (continued from last week)
- Traditional project management practices that remain effective in Agile organizations
- How can agile teams work effectively with less-agile functions – Human Resources (or pick your own) edition?
- How transparent should a team be in sharing time allocations in a sprint – dev vs tech debt vs training vs vacation vs tech support vs…?
- Should managers attend retrospectives? Does this change with team maturity and demonstrated trust in managers?
We sponsor the West Suburban Agile Community of Practice on the third Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm CT (virtual for now). Since February 2015 the community meeting provides an opportunity for new and experienced Agilists to come together to network and to have a wide-ranging discussion of Agile topics. The meeting format is highly interactive with minimal presentation and maximum on sharing of experiences through discussion. Attendees can share their valuable experiences and have an opportunity to learn from each other. The community determines the topics and format it will use for the meeting.
Agile N2N supports other organizations and their work to share Agile knowledge. We have provided speakers or sponsorship of professional organizations and education institutions such as the Project Management Institute, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the IEEE, the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and the American Society for Quality.
We are a proud partner of the Western Chicago Suburbs Agile Meetup Group.
Several of us mentor new and experienced Agilists in their career development. The mentoring involves one-on-one sessions where we discuss books and topics in great detail over a three to six month period. We also provide guidance on creating an Agile focused resume and interview preparation.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact email@example.com.