Community Fun

Photo by Niall Kennedy

Photo by Niall Kennedy

It's only Tuesday night, and I've been to two user group meetings this week--last night was the Continuous Delivery Dallas meeting with Ken Collier, and tonight was DFW Scrum with Mary and Tom Poppendieck.  Talk about thought leaders!  I am so glad to be part of a community where we can host such leaders, learn from them, and ask questions.  It's incredible to have these opportunities right here in my own city on a fairly regular basis.

I think the success of our community's user groups can be accomplished in other areas.  Seth Godin is quite familiar with leading tribes and reminds us that, "Over time, an engaged and motivated base of followers is the single best way to earn more followers."

Seek others who are interested in learning and sharing to establish a strong user group; recruit members through actions like:

1.    meet someone by shaking his/her hand

2.    treat someone like a friend

3.    introduce someone to your friends

4.    introduce someone to your group

5.    ask someone to join

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.