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Presentation: Future Directions for Agile

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In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, David Anderson talks about the history of Agile, the current status of it and his vision for the future. The role of Agile does not stand in just having a practice, but in finding ways to implement the principles contained by the Agile Manifesto.

Watch: Future Directions for Agile (1h 32min).

David presents the paradigms behind the principles of the Agile Manifesto and Lean. He is not content with just doing what the Manifesto says, but he wants to understand why it makes sense doing it. One such example is related to the principle "Working software over comprehensive documentation". In the past, people wanted to document everything ending up with huge amounts of documentation which could not possible be efficiently used. For example, he says that the RUP documentation amounts to 11,000 pages, while the Fujitsu process documentation covers 100,000 pages, all of that in order to create the perfect process. We need to discover processes and practices which do not rely so heavily on documentation.

David discusses a great deal about Lean, Kanban, Real Options, and CMMI, comparing them with Agile. His purpose is to draw attention to other ideas, in an attempt to make the audience aware of other options available to us, so we don't get stuck with some practice, but use new ways to extract more value from the original Agile principles.

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  • Will we let Agile develop?

    by Deborah Hartmann /

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    I liked Anderson's query at the end: when people make proposals to this conference for these new ideas... will we let them in? or not?

    Good question.

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    This is really 4 or 5 presentations in one. Extremely dense and high quality. David explains the real values behind the Agile manifesto (he "modelizes" Agile), compares Agile with Lean, then sells Kanban and finally CMMI. Definitely fine food for thought. I had to listen to it twice to start getting the key messages. Highly recommended presentation for whoever wants to understand where Agile is/should be heading.

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    by Martien van Steenbergen /

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    Great talk!



    Would love to work with a David and others to develop these principles, practices, and community and take them to new areas of innovation, leadership and management outside the software practice.



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