I haven’t written much on this blog recently. In those rare spare hours between my full-time job, working on my second book, contributing to my local community, building a studio extension to our tiny house, and raising our wonderful baby (now nine months old) I’ve been building AgileLib.Net as a community platform for sharing agile resources with your fellow travelers.
AgileLib.Net has come far since its inception as ScrumMasters.Com, and now offers a broader range of resources for Agilists of all stripes through a cleaner UI and a much more intuitive user experience. It has a host of useful features including resource categorization, improved (and simplified) search, sorting, tagging, and language filtering to help people find exactly what they need.
Members can create their own personal list of recommendations, follow the lists of others, and see who is following them. The activity stream keeps one up-to-date on new additions to the library, and endorsements to existing resources.
The library now has users from 40+ countries, in all six continents and gets around 300 hits per day. 150 people have created accounts and many more use it anonymously simply to browse and search. I’m hoping to increase membership, and continue to improve the site, responding to user requests.
The publisher, Dymaxicon, is kindly giving away eBook copies of books from their catalog—some good scrum books, but also an eclectic catalog of other books to choose from. Entering a new resource, or endorsing an existing one gives you a 1:20 chance to receive one of these eBooks.
You will notice from the site that there is no negative voting. You only endorse something, or you don’t. This is based on the “Dolphin Training” idea that you accentuate the positive, and simply ignore the negative. There are enough sites that encourage negativity and even vitriol. This is not another of those sites. Items that are popular with scrum masters will rise to the top (click the Most Popular icon) and those that are less so will not—although you may be more inclined to follow the recommendations of your favorite agilists than to go purely on popularity. Some people have a knack for finding unusually inspiring items far outside the realm of “Agile”.
How you can help
- Create an account: add resources or endorse existing ones. What has inspired you recently? Please tell us about it.
- Tag existing resources to hep others find what they need. This is quick and easy and will be very helpful.
- Socialize this site to your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. network. Perhaps add a link on your blog or website.
- Mention it in workshops, training courses, etc, and share your own personal url with your students and clients.
- Offer copies of your own book as giveaways. This will both encourage use and provide a wider readership for your work.
- Suggest sponsorship to companies or Agile groups you work with.
- Make a personal donation to support our running costs. This doesn’t need to be a great amount. It all helps.
- Offer feedback on your user experience and make requests to improve the site.
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