Agile Finland introduces Pods

Agile Finland Activists – the group of people who have said they want to contribute – has been growing significantly. We believe it will grow more as we work to fulfill our vision:

Agile Finland ry. is a non-profit association for growing the agile ecosystem. Together, we want to act as an independent catalyst for the awareness, usage and improvement of agile and lean thinking.

The people involved in Agile Finland come from diverse backgrounds and interests – both current and future. We recognise some of us would love to contribute on changing the world outside the software context transforming marketing, HR and budgeting towards agile. And some of us would love to contribute in particular in the context of creating software – customers – contractors, or software product businesses. We’re inclusive.

When there’s many people, some way of working together is in order. We have built the group of activists and invited people to join Agile Finland Slack on channels of their choice (want to join, contact and allowed for channels to emerge on topics of interest to people. We don’t want to create an un-agile centralised organisation but allow for new groups of active people with a common theme to emerge.

As of today, we decided to give a name to our groups that stay together and provide a welcoming themed entry into our activities. Scrum Alliance seems to call these kinds of groups user groups. Many non-profits have special interest groups. From tooling perspective, these can be meetup groups. Essentially, they are collections of people who find there is a common theme they wish to work on. We decided to call them Pods, inspired by Dave Gray’s book The Connected Company. You can read more about Pods here. It summarises nicely with this:

A pod is a small, autonomous unit that is enabled and empowered to deliver the things that customers value.

We find that we identify an existing pod for now based on a point of contact that enables entry into that group. There’s a lot of initiatives we’ve been talking about, without a point of contact that would enable volunteers to get together on the theme. If you have a theme in mind and would like to volunteer as point of contact, contact the Agile Finland committee.

Agile Finland currently has the following pods you can join:

  • Agile Ownership (Finnish-speaking)  – Contacts Karoliina Luoto, Marika Leed, Outi Jousi
  • Agile Micropreneurs – Contacts Vasco Duarte, Antti Pohjonen, Maaret Pyhäjärvi
  • Helsinki Agile Testing – Contacts Ru Cindrea, Maaret Pyhäjärvi
  • Helsinki Coaching Circle – Ilmari Kontulainen, Pascal Papathemelis
  • Tampere Coaching Circle – Contacts Yuri Barseghyan, Eveliina Vuolli
  • Tampere Goes Agile Organizers – Contacts Maaret Pyhäjärvi
  • Scan Agile Organizers – Contacts Vasco Duarte
  • Agile Contracts (Finnish-speaking) – Contacts Virpi Rowe, Maaret Pyhäjärvi
  • Agile HR – Contacts Riina Hellström
  • Next Generation Agile Kids – Contacts Maaret Pyhäjärvi
  • Agile CxO – Contacts Jussi Markula
  • Agile Finland Strategy, Marketing and Website development – Contacts Pirkka Rannikko, Jussi Markula, Maaret Pyhäjärvi

We were discussing today about at least one more pod we’d like to start that would focus on helping people transform to agile from the annual clock world, from scheduled planning (that fails) to living in change. Well see if a meetup to start collaboration in that area emerges.

If you have a pod – loosely connected with Agile Finland – that you’d like us to mention so that people could find your group and join, please get in touch. We’re happy to help.



Maaret Pyhäjärvi

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