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 […]

      The Law of Raspberry Jam (Reflecting on Agile Progress)

      In his classic, The Secrets of Consulting, Jerry Weinberg offers us his Law of Raspberry Jam, “The wider you spread it, the thinner it gets.” I thought about this recently as I’ve read blogs and articles from Agilists who are bemoaning the state of our Agile movement. They are concerned that the movement has gone […]

        Unorthodox, Unconventional and the Next Decade of Agile

        Paul Farmer was an unconventional doctor. Tracy Kidder (in Mountains Beyond Mountains) describes Farmer’s Haitian clinic, located in the difficult to access highlands, where Farmer often hiked hours to see a single patient or treated multiple antibiotic resistant tuberculosis patients with expensive new drugs. Farmer didn’t follow the typical public health cost-benefit approach; he treated […]

          Innovators, Imitators, and Idiots

          In a PBS interview concerning the financial meltdown Warren Buffett commented on the natural progression of how good ideas go wrong. He called this the “three Is.” “First come the innovators, who see opportunities and create genuine value. Then come the imitators, who copy what the innovators have done. Sometimes they improve on the original […]