Dear Agile NYC Community,
we are celebrating our 10 Year anniversary this year on the 25th of April at Pace University. Like in a typical agile project, the evolution of Agile NYC did not go as expected and things turned out to be much better than we could have ever planned for. Countless user group meetings, conferences, open space events, and even experimental formats such as dueling vendors and Pecha Kucha's.
To be honest, we never thought nor did we plan for something that would last 10 or more years. We kicked the group off because we felt passionate about agile and one thing led to another. Hard to imagine today, but only 6 years after the release of the agile manifesto, agile processes were still very much in its infancy. In 2007, agile was a niche movement, powerful and energetic though, but exclusively reserved for technologists. During that time, the United States went through a financial crisis that led through one of the worst recessions in our history. Somehow, these uphill battles did not stop this user community to flourish. What started with a handful of people back in 2007, proudly served thousands that attended our events of the past 10 years. Agile NYC also sparked the creation of several start-up companies in the NYC area and has shaped many career paths of professionals in the trial-state area.
In case you are interested in how the very first "inaugural" meeting come to fruition? Here is the very beginning: