“Women in Agile” Lives Here!

by Lyssa Adkins on May 30, 2013

women in agilePerhaps you noticed that this blog has withered on the vine as I have been focusing all my attention on agile coaching courses and other offerings at the Agile Coaching Institute.   It’s a shame, really.  The blog has a strong following, but I have not had time for it.  It’s been bugging me for a while.

Fast forward to the Scrum Gathering in Las Vegas last month where Lonnie Weaver-Johnson convened an open space session on “Women in Scrum.”  We considered these questions:  Where are the women?  How can we attract more to the agile community?  How can we help the women who are here to have their voice heard?  We had a lot of good ideas in that session, and something started to brew for me.  Literally the next day, an agile coach colleague of mine contacted me to tell me about her success and she pointed me to her blog.  Great stuff there!  I thought, “People should hear what she has to say.”  And, I realized that I have a ready-made outlet to showcase her thoughts and the thoughts of other women in agile.


So, that’s what this blog will do.  At least for the foreseeable future, this blog will be a showcase of the voices of Women in Agile.  Next week, I will start cross-publishing blog posts from women agilists.  I hope to have enough of you point me to your blogs to publish on a regular basis (so email me!).  Even better, if a lot of you respond, I could actually curate multiple blog posts to form a cohesive theme, helping to expand people’s ideas and vistas.


About the logo…it’s available for everyone to use.  I imagine people will put different backgrounds on the words and play with it a bit.  I like it because the text reminds me of a few things about women:  we are snazzy!, we think outside the box, we are great connectors and we bridge seemingly disparate ideas and schools of thought.  Yes, we do all this and more.


So, get ready for our first blog post next week.  And, email me to tell me about a woman blogger you’d like to see here.

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Peter Saddington (@agilescout) February 14, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Love this! Keep it coming!
I’ll keep this in mind so I can add more great women to The Top Women in Agile – http://agilescout.com/woman-in-leadership-top-women-in-agile-thought-leadership/

Lonnie Weaver-Johnson June 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Hi Lyssa,

I am so excited to see more and I am happy about your new found inspiration. I will be blogging soon myself I hope. Working on my website first, then the blog. Hopefully soon!


Mandy Schoeman June 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

You’re an inspiration to woman in agile everywhere. Woman have a better approach, just a pity the IT industry doesn’t know how to deal with us gals :-)
Still need to find a free time and get to your coaching course.

Lyssa Adkins June 1, 2013 at 3:25 am

The response has been fantastic! Keep ’em coming. So far, we have women from all walks of life — different countries, different experience levels with Agile and, definitely, different voices.

Next week will be Valerie Santillo’s turn. (Just to tease you a bit.)

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