My journey with the cross boundary Agile Tour self-organised team
As we’re ramping up the organisation of the Agile Tour 2019, here I’m jotting down some moments in the last 6 months of my path becoming one of the tour organisers.
April 2019, one month after arriving in Switzerland, I was introduced to Leo at Liip. I was aware of Liip for some time as one of my agile coach friend had his thumb up and commented on Liip as “a really cool place”. I became very curious about this 180 people organisation which is growing self-organised for 3 years. My meeting with Leo was rather casual. It didn’t take much for us to find similar qualities in each other. I enjoyed his “everything is possible, let’s test it” mentality. And before long we found something to collaborate on. At that point I wanted to bring the Agile community closer to ABB, but I was worried that I didn’t have much network or influence to pull it off. His start-up mentality really touched me, he said “let’s test it, then you’ll know more and you’ll learn”. Indeed, from all the experience I had with prototyping and self-organisation, it had always been the “safe enough to try” mentality that got us further. And out of that conversation, we also agreed to see if there is a possibility to bring the Agile Tour closer to ABB. And no matter what outcome, I committed to co-organise this years’ Agile Tour with the organising team. This effort already gave me the reward of new learning and experiences.
Soon after our first meeting, the team had the first “kick-off”- A nice dinner at Leo’s place with home-made pizza. Here in the picture is our 2nd team dinner, this time home made Chinese dumplings. It is just great for several people to connect immediately. This also convinced me that no matter what ethnic, cultural background or experiences, our common passion for Agile connect us immediately. If I just count how many languages we could speak in that room, its like a little UN (we had English, German, French, Spanish, Russian Chinese and Catalan… perhaps some more). I have to honestly say, spending time with people at the same wavelength is pure enjoyment. Of course we don’t always agree on things, nonetheless, the spirit of dancing in a self-organised way really created a lot of flow states in this experience.
Now the journey has started, I’m excited to contribute and to learn from this community building effort. If you’re curious, follow us on https://agiletourzurich.com/ and keep posted for new updates leading up to Nov 22 Agile Tour Zurich!