|By Udayan Banerjee||
|March 23, 2012 03:17 AM EDT||
In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected?
It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are:
- Scrum (Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber – also Mike Beedle)
- DSDM (DSDM Consortium represented by Arie van Bennekum)
- ASD (Jim Highsmith)
- XP (Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham and Ron Jeffries – Martin Fowler)
Prior to the meet all these methodologies were classified as “Lightweight Methodologies”. The meet happened as a logical consequence of an earlier get together of XP proponents organized by Kent Beck. The push for the actual meet came from Bob Martin. Here are the milestones (1992-2003) that had significant impact on the movement. Also, I have tried to attach a face to every name – hope you find it interesting.