This post is simply a reproduction of an email the Scrum Alliance staff received from Suzanne Daigle, who worked with Harrison Owen to make the Open Space at the Scrum Gathering in Orlando as successful as it was. Suzanne had never heard of Scrum or the Scrum Alliance before the event. This is how she felt immediately afterward.
[...] I am still in a bit of a daze from the past few days. I was really expecting to just come hang out with my friend Harrison for a few days, help a bit if I could and go back home. From the moment I arrived, I felt myself transported into your wonderful world. From the first smiles of “Scrum Welcome” that greeted me in the conference area, to the synchronicity of meeting exactly the right people within the first hour of me arriving, well I should have known something special was going on.
I know I will need a bit of time to absorb all that I saw that is so very special about Scrum Alliance and what they do. Certainly, I want to know more about your organization, your history and future. I also want to help in any way I can, if only to brag about who and what you do to everyone I know in the course of my travels and work. I’ll probably be posting something on our International Open Space community board and will send you a copy of what I write.
Without a shadow of a doubt, I feel that the personal and collective leadership I saw here goes so far beyond the scope of systems application, systems implementation and project management work typical of many who work in your field. What I saw here were people modeling “the new leadership” – people with passion in their gut who understand in a very “holistic” way that human dynamics are an integral part of what creates success. I saw lots of caring, real depth of insight and awareness, huge intellect and a maturity of knowing that systems change, systems improvement and just plain work is so much more than making a plan, working the plan and getting stuff done. To see so many from all around the world, who did not personally know each other, connect as they did so quickly having what I call “Big Talk” as opposed to “small talk” was also extraordinary.
Anyway […] I just had to give you my own first impressions which leave me with the conviction that the Scrum Alliance is a trail blazing organization with a huge potential to leverage and contribute their philosophy of being and doing to this leadership shift that is happening globally in organizations and everywhere. Many system breakdowns with huge opportunities, systems breakdowns that go beyond the definition of computer and information systems and the like. Wishing you all the success you deserve in influencing and contributing to this shift. And yes […] it’s all about contributing to a greater purpose one that extends to society and meaningful purpose.
[Scrum Alliance people] thank you again for making me part of your world! I leave with many snap shot memories of my time here, for example, smiling as I remember all the food ended up on my newsroom table that I really didn’t get a chance to eat but that made me grin at the simple act of kindness of it. And of course, I’ll always remember the army of volunteers the night before creating posters, setting up the rooms, etc. In the end, that truly is the magic that moves mountains.