by Phil Brock
In March, the World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. This global health crisis presents vast unique challenges that have impacted many members of the Agile community. We would like to express our concern and support for all of our members, staff, families, and colleagues throughout the world and all others affected.
As we have previously communicated, we’ve been closely monitoring the evolving and rapidly changing conditions. There is a great deal of complexity that goes into creating an event of this kind. Our annual conference, which has brought together nearly 2500 people each year for approximately twenty years, also provides support that enables Agile Alliance, a non-profit member organization, to serve its global community. The consequences of not holding the event are significant from an organizational perspective. With your continued support, we are confident that this unfortunate situation will not diminish our ability to fulfill our mission and serve our community.
To that end, sadly, the Agile Alliance Board of Directors has unanimously decided that the physical Agile2020 conference cannot take place. Our first priority is the health and safety of all. Our mission has not changed and we are exploring avenues for the Agile community to share the program that has been recently announced. We don’t yet know what that looks like. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new reality.
We will continue to keep you posted about this rapidly evolving situation in the days and weeks ahead via our biweekly newsletter and with special announcements as needed. As we emerge from the pandemic in each of our countries across the globe, Agile can and will be integral to the world’s recovery. As keepers of the Manifesto and drivers of Agility, Alliance members’ engagement will continue to be essential. As such, the Alliance will be creating additional opportunities to convene and collaborate on how Agile principles and values can further help our world. If you are not already a member or subscriber, we invite you to learn about all the benefits of Agile Alliance Membership or subscribe to our newsletter today.
If you have already registered for Agile2020, please contact our registration team to either request a refund or to indicate that you would like to apply your registration fee to a future event.
Originally published at https://www.agilealliance.org on April 20, 2020.