Since the publication of the Sustainable Agile Manifesto on 11th April 2020, many of the community members were discussing the topic of a conference on and off. We had few community events in 2020 where we discussed the values, opportunities, challenges, etc. However, no concrete discussions done around organizing a big-scale conference. It just so happened that during the week of March 2021, few impromptu meetings with the Core Team members pumped the conference idea. We thought of celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the Sustainable Agile Manifesto as a milestone event & conference. With the core team’s help, we were able to put together a highly successful and memorable 2021 SustainAgility conference in less than 4 weeks. An amazing story of purpose, teamwork, and collaboration. A BIG THANK YOU to all the Core Team members. You all are incredible!
The conference ran over 3 hours each day for 2 days (15 and 16 April). These were 2 action-packed days filled with pragmatic talks, fun games & interactive conversations.
There were a few common themes & key takeaways through these two days:
“You can achieve sustainability and agility if you are willing to make your organization flat and human-centered.”
“Dysfunctional Management drives the negative effects of command and control.”
“Ethics drive consistent and holistic outcomes. As agile coaches, we can create an ethics-driven world around us and inspire sustainability.”
"Leadership is responsible for driving culture. SustainAgility Trio is essential for sustaining and driving transformations."
"You need relentless focus and structure approach to change values."
During panel discussions on both days, our elite panel members literally poured golden nuggets continuously. Some of the key takeaways are listed below:
"The future of work is hybrid and keeping an open mind towards challenges can turn them into opportunities."
"Future of work is hybrid, personalized and will require the partnership of business, governments, and society as a whole"
"Distributed work is not difficult, distributed teamwork is. It requires collocated minds! "
Leadership is all about Influence over Authority. You need to connect first, truly care about them and that’s what transpires transformational outcomes.
"Ensure Continuous Application of what you learn, continuous learning is not enough."
"You must prioritize value over speed. It’s the secret to sustainable transformational outcomes."
One of the highlights during these 2 days of the conference was, the games facilitated by our Core Team Member Rajaram Kannan.
Both games, drawings, and the value wheel are made available through our Download Page.
"When you create a psychologically safe environment, you can achieve high performance. We designed the instructions to ensure participants are forced to look beyond individual gains & focus as a team to achieve more. It is about getting collective outcomes over individual outputs.
Our 1st SustainAgility conference has been a fun-filled event with multiple takeaways for everyone. We thank all our speakers, community members, CORE Team Members, and well-wishers. We look forward to welcoming you to our next community events really soon.
Celebrating the power of community, the passion of our core team, and the encouragement & support of everyone! More power to the community
On Day 2 of the conference, we celebrated a virtual e-cake cutting and participants provided their support and best wishes for the community through a menti poll.
After all the super hard work over 4 weeks, we all decided to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the sustainable agile manifesto with a real cake-cutting ceremony. The Core Team Members from Singapore met on 23 April 2021, at a beachside restaurant with all safe distancing measures in place, we cut the cake together and celebrated the milestone. With a yummy cake and super yummy food, it was good to catch up with all local Core Team Members. You all can join our vibrant community and becomes part of this amazing team.
If you’re interested in setting on a local Chapter and Meetup, please submit the request and we can work together to launch the local community in your region.
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