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Farewell, 2020!

2020 was… quite a year. The world changed. Lhiza and I spent most of the year indoors, and tried to make sense of our situation as it evolved. This was an incredible year — incredibly strange at that!


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Last meetup for 2020! What an incredibly (and incredibly strange) year this was, and the Agile Philippines community was very fortunate to have been able to carry on with meetups this year. This was also our 70th meetup!

This cover photo was from the meetup a year ago:


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San Francisco, April 2019

Five years married, TEN YEARS together!

Ten years is a milestone. We did plan a trip to celebrate, but it was simply not possible with how 2020 shaped up to be.

Being indoors these past few months made me realize how I simply enjoyed being with Lhiza, that anywhere is perfect as long as we were together. I am both amazed and thankful for this fact.

Also, an update: we finally reviewed the draft of our wedding album, and it should be in our hands before the year ends. We were also able to expand the inclusions — I myself am looking forward to the monochrome edition! …


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October is always the halloween themed Agile Philippines meetup, and while we missed the halloween decorations in a physical meetup, we definitely felt it throughout the night. This is also our 69th meetup, and our second to the last one for 2020!

This cover photo was from the meetup a year ago:


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We are counting down the months until the end of 2020, while also refining our online Agile Philippines meetups!

The cover photo was from the meetup a year ago:


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We are slowly inching to the end of 2020. Another online Agile Philippines meetup, and we tried something different this time!

But first, the cover photo was from the meetup a year ago:


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Lhiza at the Problem Solving Leadership workshop in Bangkok, Thailand

Six months ago, Lhiza and I were in the six-day Problem Solving Leadership (PSL) workshop in Bangkok, Thailand.

Problem-solving leadership may be defined as:

The ability to enhance the environment so that everyone is empowered to contribute creatively to solving the problem(s) — Jerry Weinberg

I coach organizations to become more Agile. This involves working with teams, as well as the environment around them. I realized this also applies to the environment I shape for myself: am I in a situation where I can do my best work? Do I have the conditions in place to be an effective Agile Coach and Scrum Master? …


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We are halfway through 2020! Another online Agile Philippines meetup, and we switched back to a monthly cadence, after doing “shorter sprints” to better learn and adapt to these strange times.

We also made use of a photo from a past meetup in the meeting invite:


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Behind the Scenes at the Agile Singapore Meetup

Last week, Lhiza shared her Agile Journey at an Agile Singapore community meetup. This is a 3 year journey (so far), and provides a broad view of adopting Agile in an organization.

Lhiza structured her talk in terms of questions they encountered and asked themselves along the way:

  • Where do we start?
  • Do we really know what our products are?
  • What’s slowing us down?
  • Are we building the right thing?
  • Why don’t we have mobile apps?
  • Why can’t I be Product Owner?
  • Why should we stop?
  • Where to next?

I use Agile “adoption” rather than “transformation”. Transformation implies an end state, an end to a journey. Adoption, on the other hand, means understanding what Agile is and what it takes to be Agile, and deciding to be Agile before starting the journey. Agile organizations continuously learn and improve, constantly changing to become better organizations forever. …


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We continue with our online Agile Philippines meetups. One big call, with Lean Coffee to facilitate the meetup!

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