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MEETUP #1: The Agile Mindset - presented by Dr. Ahmed Sidky

  • May 8, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • Microsoft

The Agile Mindset: The Key to Being Agile Not Just Doing Agile

The talk will explain why Agile is a Mindset, not a process, nor a methodology. This session is not only intended for people new to Agile but also people that have been doing Agile but feel that they are still not being Agile. We will explore the Agile mindset and how to be value-driven and flexible in the way we think and behave not just do iterations and stand-ups. The talk will help decipher why most Agile implementations are challenged with a culture change and why many Agile teams end up doing just the “rituals” of Agile instead of truly embracing the mindset, values and principles.


Presented by:


Executive Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, Santeon Group (Reston, VA)

Along with many years of experience in software development, Ahmed Sidky has a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in value-based process frameworks for effective agile adoption. Ahmed’s work has gained popularity and respect in the agile community as a pragmatic approach for organizations of all sizes attempting to adopt agile. Ahmed is frequently referred to as, Dr. Agile, on account of developing a free online agile readiness assessment tool named Doctor Agile ( He is a frequent speaker at numerous national and international agile conferences as well as the co-author of a new book on practical agile adoption titled Becoming Agile.


VENUE: Microsoft - Friendship Heights Location

Microsoft has graciously offered to host the meeting in their Friendship Heights office location:

The venue is at 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD. We're on the 5th Floor. Details below:

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Public Transportation

The Microsoft venue is very convenient to public transportation, right next to the Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red Line.


There is also a parking garage adjacent to the Microsoft facilities. Park in the Bloomingdale/Whole Foods lot. There's a small parking fee.

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  • Nick F.

    Great presentation that really opened my mind to being more agile. Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Manjit S.

    Thank you to Dr. Sidky for a fantastic and insightful talk on what is The Agile Mindset. Thank you to all who attended, braving the weather and the traffic. Look out for details of next months' speaker and topic, meetup will be Wed. June 12 at the same location.

    May 9, 2013

  • Alex H.

    Excellent talk, very insightful.

    May 9, 2013

  • Rajendra S.

    Very useful information shared by Dr. Sidky.
    Special Thanks to Manjit for taking a lead and organizing/hosting.
    -- Raj Sanghavi

    May 8, 2013

  • Rik

    Very impressive and great learning experience

    May 8, 2013

  • Rajendra S.

    I plan to attend.
    -- Raj Sanghavi

    May 7, 2013

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    May 4, 2013

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