In the past, the Agile movement gave unconventional people cover while they sneaked odd and productive ideas (like using Ruby) into projects. But today, Agile is sick. Here’s what’s gone missing and how, in the future, the spirit of FutureRuby might revitalize Agile.
Brian Marick was a programmer, tester, and team lead in the 80's, a testing consultant in the 90's, and is an Agile consultant this decade. He was one of the authors of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development and chair of the board of the Agile Alliance. He's the author of The Craft of Software Testing (1994) and Everyday Scripting with Ruby (2007). He blogs at http://www.exampler.com/blog
FutureRuby isn't a Ruby conference, but a conference for Rubyists. This is a call to order - a congress of the curious characters that drew us to this community in the first place. We have a singular opportunity to express a long-term vision, a future where Ruby drives creativity and prosperity without being dampened by partisan politics.