Alistair Cockburn trains Belatrix´s experts in his latest thinking on the Agile methodology
Belatrix Software, a leading software development company, was delighted to welcome Alistair Cockburn, one of the founders of the Agile software development methodology, to its headquarters in Mendoza, Argentina.
Mr Cockburn visited Belatrix to share his latest thinking about Agile, in what he calls the “Heart of Agile”, where he simplifies Agile into four core elements: collaborate, deliver, reflect, and improve. As he mentioned during the talk, what is important for software teams today, is to determine if they are effective or not. There are a lot of rules in Scrum, but individuals and teams need to instead focus on being effective. Focusing on these four elements, rather than adhering rigidly to the rules of Scrum, helps teams produce the desired results.
At the beginning of the talk, Mr Cockburn shared how his journey with Agile began back in 1991 as he tried to decode what successful software development teams were doing and how this set them apart. These early ideas during the 1990s were what contributed to writing the Agile manifesto in Utah in 2001. This manifesto combined the ideas of Mr Cockburn along with those of his co-authors. It brought together methodologies ranging from extreme programming, Scrum, rapid application development, Crystal Clear, and others.
Mr Cockburn also spoke about the “Shu Ha Ri” concept that describes how individuals move from knowing little about a topic to obtaining mastery. As you become an expert, it enables you to learn from your own experiences and quickly adapt to circumstances as they present themselves.
Mónica Colombo, Belatrix´s Director of Knowledge & Growth Integration Area, welcomed Mr Cockburn to Belatrix, and commented “Belatrix was one of the first organizations in Latin America to adopt Agile, and we were delighted to welcome Mr Cockburn to share how his thoughts about how the methodology has evolved. We´re passionate about Agile, and having Mr Cockburn helps share the contagious Agile spirit. As he mentioned during his speech, Agile today is, as its core, about teams being effective. The focus on four words, “collaborate”, “deliver”, “reflect”,and “improve”, are an excellent way to distill what Agile is really about.”