Sustainability becomes more and more a success factor for every company: For finding and keeping both clients as well as talent. Many companies are using agile development already successfully. Thus, leveraging agility for greater sustainability seems to be a promising approach. This is the topic, I’m exploring together with Claudia Melo.*

Our work is based on the United Nations‘ Agenda 2030 that aims for  17 sustainable development goals. These goals are focusing on the following three areas, as defined also by the Triple Bottom Line:

– Social (People): Aiming on ending poverty
– Environmental (Planet): Protecting the planet
– Economic (Profit): Improving the lives & prospects of everyone, everywhere

The Agile Manifesto can be used as a guide for taking the environmental, social, and economic footprint of products (and their creation) into account. We use a workshop format to explore how the principles can contribute in your organization to sustainability, and how a greater awareness can change your current way of working and contribute to increasing sustainability.

*I am trained as pollution control commissioner on ecological environmentalism and Dr. Claudia Melo has worked as an Agile Coach/Software Engineer for the United Nations, she is now Director of Engineering & Tech Organizational Design at Loft.

Upcoming Events on Sustainability (find here all upcoming events)

Agile World 2022 Munich, Germany, online, July 4-5, 2022
– Keynote on Agile for Future, online, July 4 at 10am CEST

Agile 2022 Nashville, TN, USA, July 18-22, 2022
– Panelist on „It Was Never Just About Software: Agile and Our Planetary Challenges„, facilitated by Lyssa Adkins. Co-Panelists: Aanu Gopald, Pia Sunnanbo, Joanne Stone, and Sally Elatta. July 21

NDC TechTown 2022 Kongsberg, Norway, August 29 – September 1, 2022
– Talk on The Planet sends an S.O.S. – Taking Responsibility for our Carbon Footprint, August 31

Agile Testing Days 2022 Potsdam, Germany, November 21 – 25, 2022
– Workshop on Software for Future: What’s the Impact of the Agile Manifesto on our Carbon footprint? Date tbd

Links to articles & recordings

Articles, Books, Podcasts

Agile’s impact on Global Sustainability, hosted by Robin Woods, Unlocking Agile
Klima-Panel zusammen mit Marina Köhn und Max Schulze (Panel on Climate Change in German), gehosted von Eberhard Wolff, Software Architektur im Stream
Leveraging the Agile Manifesto for More Sustainability . Article published by infoQ.
– Sustainability: Delivering Agility’s Promise (pre-printed draft), chapter in Software Sustainability edited by Coral Calero and published by Springer International Publishing, 2021
How Software Impacts our Planet. Podcast with Robby Russell in the Maintainable Software Podcast.
Sustainability: Key to Success. Blog post published by Agile Alliance
Ethical Decisions in a Wicked World: the Role of Technologists, Entrepreneurs, and Organizations. By Claudia Melo published by infoQ.

Slides & Video Recordings

– Talk on Agile for Future: Mit dem Agilen Manifest zu mehr Nachhaltigkeit! (slides) (More Sustainability with the Agile Manifesto), at OOP 2022 (February 02, 2022)
– Workshop co-presented with Claudia Melo on Can we leverage the Agile Manifesto to reduce our Carbon Footprint (slides), at OOP 2022 (January 31st, 2022)
– Keynote on Agile comes with a responsibility for sustainability. Are you aware of it? (slides) at Agile Testing Days, Potsdam, Germany (November 17)
– Keynote as a conversation with Gabrielle Benefield & Alistair Cockburn on Sustainable Disruption, Where We Go From Here at Agile 2021 (July 19)
– Workshop co-presented with Claudia Melo on What’s the Impact of the Agile Manifesto on our Carbon Footprint? at Agile 2021 (July 20)
– Legacy for Future: Nachhaltigkeit beginnt mit Code (in German) at the Legacy & Innovation Meetup, Nr. 14 (July 14, 2021)
Real Cross-functional Teams for Creating real and better Products (video recording). This co-presentation of Jutta & Maryse Meinen focuses on the social aspect of sustainability. The session has been presented at the Agile Camp Berlin 2021 on May 27.