A personal note from Al Shalloway, CEO of Net Objectives and curator of the True North Consortium
Having been in the Agile community for 20 years, I am disappointed to see it has become mostly controlled by a handful of organizations that are not moving us forward at a rate one would expect Agile to move. This has also resulted in many brilliant people and their ideas being overshadowed due to lack of exposure.
Many people now believe the time is right for the next wave based on Flow and Lean while incorporating the good of Agile. Many TNC members are part of this. However, this is just one aspect of the TNC. All efforts to move forward are included in the TNC.
There are three levels for membership in the TNC:
stewards - these are members who are offering to license their courses, services, or tools for others to market
champions- these are members who have some unique service or expertise that they are promoting
associates - these are members actively pursuing the TNC's goals
To become a steward, champion or associate please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in being part of the TNC community please join the True North Consortium Linkedin discussion group.
In a nutshell, I have created the True North Consortium as a showcase for the ideas and people that are building our future.
The TNC endeavors to create a community of learners and consultants by delivering different forms of education, including, but not limited to:
Online information portals
All of us have been long time players in the Lean and/or Agile space. We believe that although the standard, popular methods and frameworks have value (and many of us offer these), we also believe that no one-size-fits-all and that too many organizations are hoping that out-of-the box solutions will work for them when experience shows otherwise. The main intention of this consortium is to create an awareness of alternative approaches and to have open discussions about what works and not about which method/framework to follow. Our members work in all areas of an organization - from the C-Suite through delivery and support.
Our purpose is to educate the community and create options for them. Our intention is to be the center of a community where people can come together to learn how to be more effective in their endeavors. Our vision is that practitioners have ready access to methods and consultants who can help them become more effective in their business and people development. You can learn more about the community and events put on by clicking on Forums and Events links above. Several members of the TNC have projects that they want to create exposure for, so this is a good place to see the future being made.
True North Members are independent agents and no endorsement of one to the other should be inferred except that we trust and respect each other - personally and professionally. Each of us have our own approach to adding value to our clients. Common threads we all have is that none of us are dogmatic about any one approach and we all believe that giving value is how we receive value.
The True North Consortium is curated by Net Objectives but the group is self-organizing. Net Objectives has had a long-standing commitment to expanding the abilities of organizations by providing new ways of working. This is reflected in its creation of the True North. However, no endorsement of its members should be inferred, other than, of course, the respect for them and their work as previously noted.