In September 2018, Antônio Muniz was single-handedly writing DevOps Journey, the first in a 15 book list, eight of which have already been published, on technology, agility, and innovation. Two years ago, during a lecture at a university in Belo Horizonte, Muniz had what he calls a click when he realized that his journey as a writer didn’t have to be lonely. To be an agile journey, he had to involve more individuals and interactions, a project in motion, collaboration, and responsiveness to change. And how many changes have happened in these two years of the Collaborative Journey!
During the lecture, for two hundred people, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Muniz proposed a theme for those interested in writing a collaborative book. Right there, he found thirty candidates. I thought: if people I don’t know, who I met there that same day, have an interest in being part of the book, more people will. Then I started calling more people. And I started to contact people through Linkedin, he said. Muniz had become a headhunter for his own journey.
Antonio Muniz – Founder at Jornada Colaborativa (Collaborative Journey)
My goal was to experience writing the DevOps book with a footprint of autonomy, self-organization; each chapter was like a product that I would let the staff write, they would hand me the result, and then I would review it. The Collaborative Journey started with this experiment when I didn’t even imagine creating a community. It really clicked for me in 2018, says Muniz.
The first book – DevOps Journey – was delivered to Brasport on March 10, 2019. Muniz memorizes the date of each book delivery and releases as part of his story and journey. DevOps Journey was released on June 6, 2019, at an event for nearly four hundred people at the SulAmérica Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro. It was a dream for us to meet the coauthors from Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Florianópolis, and most from Rio. The dream was that I could see several coauthors sitting next to me, whom I hadn’t met.
One of them is Bárbara Cabral da Conceição, who is a test automation engineer in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. She only met the other people, in person, at the DevOps Journey signing, on the day of the book release. Bárbara had a personal blog but never imagined she would be the author of a book, at least not in a conventional way. At first, I wondered why I would be part of a collaborative book since it wouldn’t have my name on the cover, for example. This thought crossed the minds of many who started the journey. Some gave up, some couldn’t complete the chapters, many didn’t believe, and some stayed until the end to see what would happen.
But this experiment has worked so well that the headhunter movement, which Muniz started back then, has attracted more people.
Instead of Muniz having to seek people out, people liked the result so much that they came after him and began to give ideas. Several books started to be engendered, more people got engaged, says Bárbara.
So much so that today the Collaborative Journey has around 1,000 coauthors and 100 curators.
Of the one thousand coauthors, the great majority would not be able to write a book because a publishing house has to approve it. In the first book, I had to convince the publisher that the book would be a success. Now she believes and embraces this idea, said Muniz.
The Journey’s main point was not just to create a collaborative project but to apply agility in each step of the process and share the knowledge. Initially, the books were mainly about information technology, and today, they say much more about people and their experiences than just processes.
Bárbara Cabral da Conceição – Co-author of the DevOps Journey book
When you work with development, considering the present system complexity, you need multidisciplinary professionals who have various skills. It’s like a formula one car where everyone provides synchronized maintenance in the middle of the race, and off it goes. Today’s software development is very much like that because one person cannot know everything about everything. And you have to know how to collaborate. DevOps has emerged, providing quick software delivery with quality. But it came to bring a slightly less technical world, with more culture, collaboration, trust-building, and some other things that were not even talked about in the IT area, says Bárbara.
The central pillar of the Collaborative Journey is to change people’s lives. The Journey has been developing several projects besides books. First is that all the proceeds go to charities and to front book expenses and events. Muniz has managed to get more than 1,000 people to work towards something greater without any remuneration, just collaboration, and the will to bring content, information, and change people’s lives.
The Pillars For Transforming Lives
The Learning Journey
In the Learning Journey, a knowledge trail is formed. Professionals participate in workshops, lectures, and mentoring on agile universe books’ theme, bringing together several coauthors who have a real passion for sharing and volunteers to make a difference in people’s lives. People who are out of the job market are given the opportunity for training and not charged for the investment amount.
We know that today we have more than 14 million unemployed, but looking at the technology area, there are plenty of vacancies. There are more than 200,000 vacancies, and studies say that we can reach 500,000 open positions. It’s just that people are not trained for it. The companies want the senior, premium crowd. And we believe we can collaborate on this, explains Muniz.
More than 500 people have already been trained in the first six trails, with 300 unemployed people free of charge. And now, in March, on the 27th, there will be another Learning Journey trail on Business Agility.
The Cast Journey
The Cast Journey is a podcast that brings together coauthors and executives to talk about agility, technology, and careers. There are already more than 60 episodes, available weekly on Spotify, that bring personal experiences and current issues within the books’ theme. The Cast Journey was a way to bring coauthors together so we could get to know them better. Coauthors have a lot of good content that goes into the book. The idea was to bring the content that they like to talk about, which we cannot always put on the Journey Summit, and create another channel, said Muniz.
The Talk Journey
The Talk Journey started this year, with one Saturday a month. Because of the pandemic, with face to face events suspended, the best thing to do was to have a big virtual meeting to get everyone together. Since we don’t have face to face meetings, we wanted to do something where we could talk more naturally, with a networking approach, explains Muniz. The event’s very description is already a preview of what the participant will find: fun + networking + learning + prizes + celebration.
The next edition takes place on Saturday, March 13, starting at 9 am. With karaoke talk, space for case studies – successful or not so successful, networking, case discussions, pitch ideas, book raffles, and even a pause to celebrate the month’s birthdays. The event is open and free of charge. No need to register in advance; join the Meetup group.
The Summit Journey
The Summit Journey is one of Journey’s most significant events. It brings together book cases and contents with coaches and executives to inspire participants to adapt these experiences and boost their careers. We very much respect the experiences out there: Netflix, Amazon, Google, Silicon Valley. Okay, a lot of things there are good. But here in Brazil, the culture is different. So our books reflect the experiences of people who are here. Who are protagonists here in Brazil, said Muniz.
The Summit is attended by coauthors and other professionals bringing current topics about books and their journeys to success. In 2020, the edition of the event was online, with the release of six books. The last to be released was the Journey of Agile Scaling, sponsored by Globo – the Globo Day Journey.
There were two days of talks about leadership, management, agility, product, technology, and innovation. Also, Globo sponsored an event that was held on thirteen consecutive Saturdays raising R$100,000. The entire amount was destined for social actions for people affected by the pandemic during the past year.
In 2021, the first Summit Journey will take place on March 19 and 20, with the release of four books: Business Agility, Agile and digital HR, Java, and Kanban in practice. Participation in this event is free for students and people out of the job market, and all the income is destined for charitable actions.
We create high-quality content, share it, and all the financial results we get from it go to social causes. Come on this journey, participate, we will change lives through concrete actions, through inspiring content, content that, for sure, will make your career leap forward! Said Muniz.
The Good Journey
All the work developed by the Collaborative Journey has a purpose. Muniz managed to bring together people passionate about sharing knowledge; he also managed to create a solidarity movement for sharing good deeds. From all the books’ income, the Good Journey was able to donate R$137,000 to charities. That makes us very proud because it’s certainly not the amount of money, but how much that amount was able to help people, Muniz said.
One of the institutions that benefited from the Good Journey is the Blind’s Alliance Association. A charity for the visually impaired in Rio de Janeiro. There are 23 visually impaired people and their families who the institution supports. If one pillar of the Collaborative Journey is to change lives, this journey has undoubtedly altered the coauthors’ lives and many people involved with the project.
Last year, Muniz gathered a group of coauthors who went in person to deliver the Christmas kit donation to the Blind’s Alliance Association, and the result was exciting.
To look at them and see that we were helping those people was very gratifying, and receiving their affection as well; they didn’t even know who we were or what we were doing there. We served them a snack and started talking, and each one of them started telling their story about how they got there, how they lost their vision, remembers coauthor Bárbara.
The visit motivated the volunteers. Even though they receive no financial assistance for their work, the institution’s visit gave a face to the purpose of the Collaborative Journey actions. Like that of Paulo Renato de Souza and Geiza Brito dos Santos Souza, who are assisted by the institution. Paulo is 50 years old and has been with the Blind’s Alliance Association since 1992; he lost his sight at 16 because of meningitis. There he met Geiza, who is not visually impaired, and they have been together for six years. Geiza already had a daughter from another relationship, and together they have one more child. During the Journey visit, they said they were very touched by the group’s affection.
Geiza Brito dos Santos Souza
“I have no words to describe the way they treated the disabled like people. Usually, people who come here to bring a snack or to give a little gift seem to do it to score points. We had a beautiful meeting with Bárbara and all of them; my husband cried a lot. He was thrilled to receive a gift. But that didn’t mean anything; they hugged me like if “I were a person”, that was the most important thing. The disabled were so happy; you just had to be there to see it. It was amazing, said Geiza.”
In 2021, the amounts collected in these first events will be destined for the Easter campaign of the institutions assisted by the Good Journey.
We saw much stronger energy. It’s one thing to give money, but it’s another thing to talk to people, to give them human warmth, so starting in 2021, we will also do Easter in some institutions, Muniz adds.
Muniz’s journey has undoubtedly added not only knowledge but created a sharing movement that transforms lives.
Get To Know The Books Already Published (all books are written in Portuguese):
- DevOps Journey
- Agile And Digital Journey
- Agile Journey of Quality
- Healthy Journey
- Agile Product Journey
- Agile Leadership Journey
- Journey of Agile Scaling
Check Out What’s Coming Next:
- Agile Architecture
- Agile Customer
- Business Agility
- Data Driven
- Micro services
- Inclusion’s Journey
- The HR Agile Journey
- The Lean Journey
- The Java Script Journey
- The Java Journey
- The DevSecOps Journey
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