This is the list of people who have joined the SELF-CARE alliance:

First NameLast NameDate RecordedDate Updated
Stephanie Culver 2020-06-05 2020-06-05
Doreen Mannion 2020-06-05 2020-06-05
Jekaterina Arsalani 2020-06-05 2020-06-05
Dahm M. Hongchai 2020-06-04 2020-06-04
Tarra Kathuriya 2020-06-04 2020-06-04
Colleen Esposito 2020-06-04 2020-06-04
James Prieto 2020-06-04 2020-06-04
John Persoon 2020-06-03 2020-06-03
Brian Hackerson 2020-06-03 2020-06-03
Michaele Gardner 2020-06-03 2020-06-03


Today I am excited and proud to launch a new alliance* in the agile software development field: The SELF-CARE Alliance (Sustaining Everyone Longing For – Community of Agile RespitE, [or make your own acronym])

Any good alliance needs a few things: membership qualifications, a certification program, an FAQ, a badge / logo / seal, and a manifesto – what am I forgetting?

Anyway, starting from the back, going in random order:

The manifesto: You are agile enough! That’s it. Doesn’t get much simpler than that. No tensions, dualities, values, or any of that. Enough said.

Membership qualification: You become a member by realizing that you have enough knowledge, enough skills, enough training, enough certificates, enough letters behind your name on LinkedIn, enough pages in your resume, enough experience, enough confidence, enough self-control, enough capability to connect and help where needed. Simply put – you are enough, just the way you are.

The certification program: No expensive classes, no gatekeepers, no bar of excellence to meet, no travel to take, no exam to pass, no committee to convince, no new version of a framework to master, no membership dues, no renewal fees, no nothing. You just decide that you have had enough, and declare yourself an AC-e – “Agile Certified – enough”. That’s it. The final letters for putting after your name on your LinkedIn profile.

The FAQ:


Because you’re enough. You don’t need to chase “more”. It’s all good. You’ve GOT this.

Do you have a theme song?

Yes! Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” – not applied to some imaginary “other”, but to yourself.

Do you have a badge I can put on my website, resume, etc.?

You bet:


Is there more?

No. That’s enough.

If you’d like to signal to others that you’re joining this alliance, please do so here:

* It’s a pretty small alliance right now, with a membership of one (the author). I wrote this mostly as a reminder to myself. Maybe it’s helpful to you as well.