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The State of Agile

October 2014 Podcast
Alistair Cockburn, Suzanne Miller

In this podcast, Alistair Cockburn, an Agile pioneer and one of the original signers of the Agile Manifesto, and SEI principal researcher Suzanne Miller discuss the current state of Agile adoption.

If you have 6 people, you put them in a room, give them access to users, and you are done with the story. If you have 20, you’ve got walls between the people, so you’ve got conversation blocks. If you’ve got 50, you’ve got multiple technologies, multiple teams, and multiple floors…If you have 100 people, you’ve got consistency problems across teams.


Software Engineering Institute



In September 2014, Alistair Cockburn met with researchers at the SEI headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. The SEI Podcast Series team was there as Cockburn sat down with Suzanne Miller to discuss his unique perspective as one of the creators of the Agile manifesto and his viewpoint on the current state of Agile adoption.

About the Speaker

Alistair Cockburn

Alistair Cockburn is one of the initiators of the Agile movement in software development. He helped write the manifesto for Agile software development [the Agile Manifesto] in 2001 and the Agile Project Management Declaration of Interdependence in 2005. Cockburn is a co-founder of the International Consortium for Agile in 2009 and a principal advocate of the use case for documenting businesses processes and behavior requirements for software. He is also the inventor of the Cockburn Scale for Categorizing Software Projects.





Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller's research focuses on synthesizing effective technology transition and management practices from research and industry into effective techniques for use of Agile and lean methods in regulated settings like the DoD.