A community is a unique type of network that originates from a common desire, by many people, to work closely together, in informal ways, in order to better share knowledge with each other, learn new content and experiment.
Communities have common characteristics:
- Informal organization – a community does not need traditional management, formal supervision or hierarchy, in order to function effectively. A community is not a replication of an existing organizational structure that is flipped from vertical orientation to horizontal. A community does not need to have a ‘special permission’ to be formed, although light sponsorship (venue, food, refreshments, supplies, etc.) is always helpful.
- Media for functional learning – a community is created to bring people with similar learning interests together. Community members should have a similar sense of purpose, and a desire to share work-related knowledge and experience, through communication and collaboration. Within communities, great ideas can be born – and can be later implemented in work settings.
- Self-Organized – although a community may have a naturally emerged (often, elected) community organizer/moderator(s), (s)he has a minimal function and it is mostly light – administrative. A community organizer may also have a deeper expertise with forming communities, as well as in a subject matter expertise (in community – related matters).
- By Volunteering – people cannot be forced into a community and should not be expelled from them, unless they breach agreed upon community rules. A community will exist for as long as it presents interest to its members.
Communities can be local and global, internal (e.g. company) and public. The same person can become a member of multiple communities, based on his/her interests.
A community should have a Code of Ethics and Values, such as: respect for each other, safety, equality, right of voice, appropriateness of language/tone, spectrum of topics that are considered to be appropriate to discuss (e.g. based on shared interests of members).
Below are some most well known and reputable Agile Communities, global and local:
- Scrum Alliance -the organization, whose mission is to “guide and inspire individuals, leaders, and organizations with practices, principles, and values that create workplaces that are joyful, prosperous, and sustainable”
- Agile Alliance – “is a nonprofit organization with global membership, committed to advancing Agile development principles and practices.”
- less.works – Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) official site and community
- Scrum.org – is the organization with global reputation. “Founded by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber, Scrum.org provides Professional Scrum Assessments and Training through our global community to help individuals, teams and organizations improve their ability to deliver software with higher levels of value and agility.“
- The International Consortium for Agile – is globally known organization that offers “…knowledge and competency-based certifications in the diverse disciplines needed to sustain organizational agility.”
NYC Communities & Meet-Ups
- Big Apple Scrum – New York City based Agile and Scrum user group
- Agile NYC– New York City based non-profit organization of Agile enthusiasts and professionals
- Agile Leadership Network – provides forum for Developers, Testers, Scrum Masters, Project Managers and Senior Management to share, collaborate and learn from Agile experts.
- Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) in NYC
- Agile @ Scale in NYC
- Agile Culture New York
- The New York Agile Software Development Meetup Group
- Agile Testing Alliance – Greater New York Chapter
- New York Software Engineers
- New York Scaled Agile Framework-SAFe
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