I was re-listening to part of Seth Godin's Tribes again today. To make a tribe takes 2 things; a shared interest and a way to communicate.
So my new tribe is a community that's forming within PMI to focus on agile project management. We have a group of volunteers on the steering committee, working with PMI to launch the community. Communication is easy among us, done mostly through a Yahoo group, but also with conference calls.
The shared interest aspect is definitely there, a bunch of folks willing to put in the time to make this happen. There was an interesting comment on a call today from our PMI representative. She said some of the other groups going through this were having difficulty with some of the planning, things that we've done well at. The thought that occurred to me was how strong was that shared interest in the other groups. I'd venture to say the formation of these other tribes was being challenged because that shared interest wasn't as strong.
So is there a tribe out there waiting for you to lead? It doesn't take much to get started.