Archives for August 2011

An Interview with Alistair Cockburn (circa 2001)

  At the Agile 2011 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. One thing that occurred to me about how to celebrate this was to re-publish abbreviated versions of my interviews with several of the 17 authors. These interviews were published in my 2002 book, Agile Software Development Ecosystems. They reflect the state […]

An Interview with Ken Schwaber (circa 2001)

At the Agile 2011 conference 15 of the 17 Agile Manifesto authors got together, once at the Park Bench panel in front of 1,000 + attendees, and again at a private gathering. It was great to look back on what had transpired in the last 10 years. One thing that occurred to me about how […]

Reflections on Agile 2011

For me, the first 2 days of Agile 2011 were a whirlwind. On Monday I co-chaired a milestone event—the Agile Executive Forum—in which 60 senior executives demonstrated that agility isn’t confined to delivery teams. From the opening keynote about innovation, agility, and social business networks to a discussion of a multi-year 400 person firmware project […]

Leadership and Decision Making

A good leader has to be a visionary, a teacher, a motivator, a facilitator, and other things, but she must also be a decision maker. The same is true of lead engineers for technical issues. So the question becomes, at what point does a leader’s decision making damage self-organization? First, when the team loses respect […]