The Importance of Community

Photo by Brent Disney

Photo by Brent Disney

I spent the last few days in Las Vegas for a corporate retreat, and I find myself both tired and inspired as a result of the trip.  I am the first to admit that the trip was not a perfect experience for me, and part of me wishes I could have found a way to be more socially excellent (and in a way that suited me).  But I feel like I started asking myself some interesting questions that I am continuing to explore, and I better understand the dynamics of community.  We all need to feel like we belong somewhere, to have peers who challenge us and support us when we are lost, and to feel recognized and appreciated.  We need a community where we can be ourselves and be our best selves.

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.