The benefits of Agile are many, the implementation is easy, and the problems are daunting. Ken Schwaber, Senior Consultant, Cutter Consortium & Chairman of the Agile Alliance, discusses the obstacles to wresting the gold from today's software projects.
Ken Schwaber is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Agile Software Development & Project Management Practice and a contributor to that Advisory Service. He is an experienced software developer, product manager, and industry consultant. He is one of the leaders of the Agile process revolution, as a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, founder and director of the AgileAlliance, and currently Chairman of its Board of Directors. He and Jeff Sutherland are the developers of the Scrum Agile process.
Mr. Schwaber has been in the IT industry for more than 30 years, starting as a programmer and, by 1984, managing IT for a division of Wang. In 1985, he founded Advanced Development Methods (ADM), a company dedicated to improving the software development practice. He initiated the process management product revolution of the early 1990s, when methodologies were automated and put to practical use on ADM's Mate process manager. He worked with Sutherland to formulate the initial versions of the Scrum development process and, since then, has helped numerous product and IT organizations implement, run projects, and build products using Scrum and Agile processes.
Mr. Schwaber has been a visible proponent of adaptive, lightweight, empirical processes for software development. He is the author of Agile Project Management with Scrum and coauthor of Agile Software Development with Scrum and Pattern Languages of Program Design 4 (Scrum: An Extension Pattern Language for Hyperproductive Software Development). In addition, Mr. Schwaber has authored many articles for Cutter IT Journal and Cutter's Advisory Services. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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