I'd like to welcome everyone to our new Agile Transformation Zone community. I say community ... right now, while there is some great initial content .. the community part is just getting started. It's like we've just built a brand new house and the family hasn't moved in. As we all know, just like a house is not a home, this community space is only a space. It's the people that make a community work.
My experience with building communities over the last several years indicates that you need 2 types of members (actually, you can break this down further ... but let's keep it simple for now)
- You need a small group of passionate LEADERS to build and cultivate the community. These are the people that are blogging, they are engaged in the discussions, they share their experiences, etc. They are constantly sharing and learning from each other. They have a true interest and passion in mastering and improving the domain. They are intrinsically motivated vs. being told to do it. This number typically is in the range from 5-15% of the total membership once the community is established. (its usually a higher percentage during start-up)
- You also need people that will listen and learn from the LEADERS. Great leaders want audiences and people they can lead and influence. If there are no listeners, leaders will quickly move on.
Here is a whiteboard diagram that we use to show how this all works.
As you can see from the diagram, the more members we have in our Community, the more collective knowledge we build and the more value we collectively create for everyone.
One last thing .... Please be patient with us as we get this started ... we still need to touch up some areas of our new house. Please click HERE
to provide feedback and suggestions so that we can make this a valuable to community to all.