The Scrum community in Israel is a fast growing one. Agile and Scrum were just buzzwords for most of the Israeli community just a few years ago, but today there are hundreds of CSMs and hundreds of organizations practicing Agile in Israel.
Israel is characterized by a highly developed software industry with many startups and early adopters, but is also dominated by a strong governmental sector. Originally, Agile and Scrum were popular in software product development companies. In the past year it has become evident that with the accumulated experience and good reputation Agile has won in Israel, specifically with Scrum and Kanban, it is becoming much more mainstream. There is an increased interest in Scrum, and large IT departments of organizations such as banks and financial institutes, telecom operators, embedded software companies and governmental organizations are beginning to adopt the process.
There are plenty of channels for obtaining Agile knowledge and education in Israel, ranging from public courses and consulting to free seminars and workgroups that meet regularly. The most important event of the year is the annual Agile Israel conference arranged by AgileSparks, along with the CST and head of the Israeli Scrum User Group Danny (Danko) Kovatch. Hundreds of practitioners meet to share their experience, learn from experts, hear case studies of Israeli companies and gain both practical and essential knowledge. The next Agile Israel 2011 event will take place on April 11th 2011, with keynote speaker CST Henrik Kniberg. Donna Farmer, the new Managing Director of the Scrum Alliance will be a guest of honor; and a list of recognized international and local experts will deliver talks and answer questions about advanced practices in Scrum, Lean software development, Kanban, Lean/Agile product management, end-to end enterprise Agile, engineering practices and more. For more details about the event please see: http://agilesparks.com/Agile+Israel+2011.