I wanted to start a group that supports the entire umbrella of Agile - be it tools, products, vendors, methodologies, frameworks - take some from Column A, take some from Column B - and combine it in a way that works for you, your company's culture, and your transformation efforts.
Texas Agilistas is all about a) education b) support and c) having fun.
I believe a true Agilista is agile (small a) agnostic. You have all seen waterfall environments that work fantastically....you've also seen agile transformation efforts via various approaches that have gone down in flames.
So what worked? What didn't? There's a dozen different frameworks out there, but what worked for YOU?
Some people consider "agile" as yet the latest "magic bullet" in the ever-evolving world of continuous improvement and organizational excellence.
They've heard stories that the lofty concept of the "Agile Transformation" will wave a magic wand, and suddenly your software teams are 400% more effective, your testing team is singing "koom-bay-yah" with your development team, and every new functionality and teensy feature iteration is greeted with green lights across the testing board and perfect estimations of effort required.
Even better, now that you start saying "we're agile!" the belief is that your backlog of much-needed features will be magically broken down into tiny, bite-sized user stories with a clearly understood "definition of ready"....easily digestible by your perfectly collaborative software ninjas who will crank out rainbow-flavored code in a one week sprint with zero defects in a test driven development environment so perfect that Ken Schwaber himself will weep tears of joy.
Your backlog can't even BEGIN to keep up with your train velocity. Your team is the japanese bullet train of throughput. They have a WIP limit nearing infinity, constantly think 8 steps ahead, and your previous 47 step process from ideation to monetization now takes 37 minutes.
Sure, let's go with that.
And might I ask, "What color is the sky in your world?"