Agile Awards ceremony 

Dear Reader

The Agile Awards are a funny affair. For me Agile is an altruistic endeavour to improve people’s lives that happens to have profound business advantage in a complex and fast moving marketplace.

The idea of awards sometimes seems contradictory to the idea of community and equality, when really nothing can be done of any success in Agile without collaboration, team work, and shared effort and purpose.

However, Agile is also difficult and the largest challenge in making Agile work is cultural clashes of underlying belief systems. In order for the benefits of Agile at scale to cross the chasm with as little pain as possible, it is necessary to shout about the victories, the challenges, the successes and the failures.

As Agile evangelists, coaches and supporters, we must take what opportunities we have to grow our knowledge base, case studies, and results.

For this reason, I think the Agile Awards are a great thing. This is an opportunity for a bit of fun, to forget egos, and to encourage people to come forward with the great things they have done and to continue to promote Agile where we can. The Agile Awards is also non-profit with all money raised going to charity.

I was very pleased when I was nominated for ‘the person who has done the most to promote Agile in 2015’ and have made the final shortlist.

The Award is purely based upon votes with only one vote per company email domain.

If I win the award, I will use this purely for promoting more Agile and easing the journey in any way I can, sharing knowledge, pointing out the potholes along the way and giving a voice to as many people to share their experiences globally as possible.

So, if you feel it is appropriate and share my beliefs that Agile can change the world, if you haven’t done so already, please vote for AWA by voting for me here. You have only a few days until voting finished.

If you are going to be at the awards, then I will see you there.

Thank you
Simon Powers

Founder Adventures with Agile
Community of practice for Scaling Agile and Organisational Change

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