Slack Community

In October 2015, we started a Slack community for members of the Agile Florida user groups to connect, share information, and support each other in learning to become a better agile community.

What is Slack?

Slack is a collaboration program like few others.  At first, it appears to be just a chat program, but it can do so much more.  If you have never seen Slack, you might want to read what the New York Times and Wikipedia have to say about Slack.  If you use Atlassian’s Hipchat product, you’ll feel at home in Slack (with a few minor differences).  You may not be aware of it, but there are Slack communities popping up all over.

Why does this exist?

Agile Florida Slack was created to grow the agile community across Florida. We encourage sharing your knowledge, asking questions, forming relationships and a general ambition to strengthen the community.

How would Agile Florida use Slack?
There are many ways.  Here are a few ideas…
  • Help promote each of the agile user groups in Florida (do you know we now have 5 as of October 2015)?
  • Help in planning events like Agile Open Florida (scheduled for Oct 2016 in Orlando)
  • Share information on agile jobs in Florida
  • Share information on upcoming agile training in Florida
  • Ask questions on any agile/lean topic (think about how you might carry on conversations after a lean coffee)
  • Provide a backchannel for any online events
  • Just to allow people to connect across Florida so they get to know each other before the next Agile Open Florida or South Florida Agile Transformation Summit conference.
  • Just to learn about Slack which is becoming extremely popular.

Am I eligible to join?

If you wish to share information or questions about agile and lean topics, then yes! If you have attended meet ups in any of the Agile Florida user groups, work for an agile company with offices in Florida, work with other agile or lean practitioners in Florida, or have some similar affiliation, join us!

What are the rules?

Basically, just be nice and treat others with respect.  Details are below …

Code of Conduct

Agile Florida Slack is a “harassment free” space. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind.

Harassment includes
  • Posting of content deemed by the community to not benefit the community (e.g., job postings that are not for an agile position, agile team or agile organization OR training that does not have any relationship to agile/lean principles or practices;  in other words, we consider spam a form of harassment)
  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication
  • Creating chat channels with offensive motives or intent

If you are being harassed by a member, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the administrators in the #slack_help channel, or contact an admin directly via DM. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Special thanks to the admins of the Orlando Devs Slack community for their help in getting us started!  You folks rock!

How do I join?