Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ALE Network, my first understanding

As I explained in a previous blog post, I feel that trying to progress only by using books, the Internet and our local agile community exchanges does not provide us/me the tools to be really efficient.

A few months ago, Alexandre sent me an Internet link to a group of Europeans who intend to build a network with different goals.

If you read Olaf’s post, you will understand the full story, but the first important event was in Madrid at the XP2011 conference, where more than 30 people proposed a vision of the ALE Network.

That is summarized in the video below.


Utopian?

If you take a look at the ideas, I bet you would tell yourself: there are too many ideas and nothing realistic will happen.

A network the size of Europe seems big to me from a transport point of view. I was thinking myself about making a call this summer, but I was thinking about a closer border. It could be the Franco-Proven├žal territory first, then its extension would be done step by step. But the ALE machine is in progress and my first opinions are positive.
Today, the ALE Linkedin group is active, twitter #ALE has his bag full of RE-REs, and online conferences named bathtubconferences have been programmed.

Bad opinion
A few mistakes created scepticism.
While many ALE initiators are coaches, writers, or are in the agile star system, a part of the European Agile community are sceptics. I tell you, I'm not a smart guy and up to now I met only great people.
Also, the idea to have a list of people relaying the ALE Network in local groups (communicator) has been opened. After this call the list could be filled by anybody. So some communicators saw their names without having committed to ALE. We have to explain this notion of communicator to the community.

I'm in
I commited to the organisation of ALE2011, Berlin 7-9 September, I’m a lynchpin. As the preregistration is over tonight, we can observe that the intentions to participate is quite encouraging from a diversity point of view.

The keynotes speakers are confirmed:
and the call-for-speakers system will be opened the 15th of June.

Source :
OlafLewitz : ALE network—What’s in it for Me?
alenetwork.eu : Agile Lean Europe (ALE) - Vision & Purpose
Wikipedia : Franco-Proven├žal language
Bathtub Conferences : Online Talks, Ideas and Visions on Agile
ale2011.eu : ALE2011 Unconference

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