Over the last week in the USA, there has been a welcome sentiment of gratitude from last Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday to #GivingTuesday. Since I'm involved in a few communities, I just wanted to take a moment to thank those who have helped me support others in 2015.
First, for those who have helped AgileOrlando “level up” in 2015:
- Sarah Baca – You have truly lifted a weight off my soldiers with what you have taken on for AgileOrlando. You are truly a servant leader.
- Ken Nordquist – the man behind the AgileOrlando curtain. I always welcome your support and encouragement
- To the newer members of our AO leadership team (Hung Chen, Lakshmi Ramaseshan, Luis Moros, Kristi Heredia, and Marcus Alig), thanks for stepping up to help move AO forward.
- Curtis Michelson – if there is an innovative idea to get meetup groups to collaborate, I can either depend on you to come up with the idea or support it. And I can always depend on you to pitch in to make it happen.
- For our wonderful sponsors who help fuel the AO rocket, especially: AgileThought, Envy Labs/Code School, InformIT, K-Force (especially Mark Hummel and MacKenzie Brady), Vaco (especially Mason Holmes), LeadingAgile (especially Billy Perez) and Nebia Technologies (with special thanks to Esteban Garcia).
For my friends in the Agile Florida community:
- To Stephanie Davis and Ryan Dorrell of Tampa Bay Agile, thank you for continuing to partner on AgileFlorida.com and AgileOpenFlorida.com. Couldn't have done either without you. Looking forward to future collaborations.
- To my friends in South Florida Agile, especially Alex Kanaan, Deema Dajani, Rick Regueira, and Marcelo Lopez. Thank you for welcoming me into your community. You impress me with the way you serve south Florida and all of Agile Florida.
- A very special thanks to Stephanie Davis, Alex Kanaan, and Rick Regueira for helping me share the AgileFlorida story through AgileAlliance and InfoQ. It's a great story to share.
For my friends in the Open Space Technology community (especially Suzanne Daigle, Michael Herman, Ainsley Nies and Diana Weber). I appreciate you sharing your wisdom and spirit and showing me new ways to serve by holding space at AgileOpenFlorida 2015 and beyond.
For my friends in the Agile community (too numerous to mention), I appreciate those of you who nudge the community to grow instead of pushing an agenda. I especially appreciate the support, collaboration, and learning this year with Esther Derby, Don Gray, Diana Larsen, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and Ryan Ripley.
Next, to my new friends in the new DATFlock community, especially Lisette Sutherland, Lucius Bobikiewicz, Jim Benson, Tonianne DeMaria-Barry, and David Horowitz. We are truly improving the world of work by building successful distributed agile teams. Ideas are still buzzing from #DATFlock2015 in Berlin. Let's keep sharing and collaborating.
For my colleagues at Sonatype, thank you for this opportunity to collaborate in building a successful distributed agile ecosystem to serve our customers. I'm especially grateful for the collaboration with Mike Hansen, Jamie Whitehouse, and Jeffry Hesse. Looking forward to taking it up another notch.
Finally, to my beautiful wife Chris and my three wonderful children: you teach me every day how to innovate and explore. Plus, you are always there for me whether my experiments succeed or fail. It's one of the many reasons I love you all.
If you have read this far, you may be thinking about those you should thank. Reach out to them today and share your gratitude.