Some Thoughts on Our Gathering in Tucson

Recently, we had our annual employee gathering in Tucson, Arizona. While the location was spectacular with many opportunities for relaxing and exploring, we were able to accomplish some very important work making the event a success by several measures. This gathering in particular was important as it was the first while in the Accenture ecosystem and resulting from it was a backlog of items associated with integration, some role recalibration, and methodology and service offering tweaks.

In addition to these very important items, we had two overarching objectives in coming together this year:

  1. Connecting with each other and
  2. Refocusing on our mission and the opportunity in front of us

Connecting

It is always inspiring to see what happens when you simply bring people together. When the group is caring and shares a common passion, the results can be amazing. With the mixing of two awesome Agile communities and the sprinkling in of several folks who recently joined Accenture, the group as a whole was eager to get to know each other and share stories about our common craft and life in general. We had the goal of providing just enough structure to help facilitate addressing many needed conversations. These collaborations improved our common understanding of each other as well as what we are trying to accomplish together. In addition, a number of latent topics emerged that likely never would be addressed outside of a venue that afforded this latitude.

Most of us walked away with new friends, new ideas and a renewed sense of who “we” are and what we can accomplish together.

We at SolutionsIQ firmly believe that organizations can only be truly successful, if they abandon the subjugation paradigm and transform to one based on humanity.

Refocusing on mission

As agilists, we really don’t have jobs but rather vocations. The Agile community is largely made up of people that truly want to (and do) make a difference at their client and ultimately in the world. We have a sense that the time is now and we are involved in something special. Something very different in that bringing agility to organizations is also bringing them a set of people-centric values. We at SolutionsIQ firmly believe that organizations can only be truly successful, if they abandon the subjugation paradigm and transform to one based on humanity. The Accenture platform offers us a grand opportunity. We have been invited, by the largest consultancy in the world, with unparalleled access to the Global 2000, to come in and lead the way in helping our clients transform to this more human-based system.

As the venue for this year’s gathering, Tucson was the first step in channeling the energy and passion of our group toward the goals of making a truly impactful and humanity-inspired change in the world. We are just getting started and have much to accomplish, but we’ve got the right people, with more quality folks joining daily, and we are heading toward a common and worthy goal. I am thrilled to be part of this community and excited to see what this group will be able to accomplish together!