Agile: Resetting and Restarting

Alistair Cockburn, Humans and Technology

The Agile Manifesto-ten years in the making-was published in 2001. Now, with more than eight years of practice, the manifesto has greatly influenced the process of software development. It has influenced the IEEE's software contracting models, the Project Management Institute's view of software project management, the Software Engineering Institute's CMMI™ assessment model, and helped change the development process for thousands of organizations around the world. During these years, agile practices have moved forward and continued to mature, adopting ideas from lean manufacturing and the theory of constraints to add more rigor to our work. Still, many agile projects today tend to fail because they are overly tactical and do not take the long-term view. Join Alistair Cockburn, one of the seventeen original signers of the Agile Manifesto, as he re-examines the original thinking behind the manifesto, where it has succeeded, how it has been perverted, what is happening in the agile world today, and how agile practices might evolve in the coming years.

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