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On Thursday (2 April) I was present at an IBM sponsored talk on Agile. Some luminaries of the Agile world were present. They covered the usual Agile ground and all was good in that respect. What saddened me was the intermittent bashing of anything not RUP. Interspersed, grudgingly, was admittance that others had a good point here and there. Now that the pioneers have convinced the world, the heavies are moving in and the smell of money is in the air.

I heard the same kind of negative views and sniping at RUP from a SCRUM trainer recently. “RUP is not Agile, don’t believe their new marketing spin” etc. etc.

Most of the Agile techniques are based on what the folks in consumer product development and manufacturing learnt. Some new stuff here yes, but let’s not get carried away with how smart and righteous certain software people are.

All the pioneers in Agile contributed to our better understanding of how to develop software. Some of what they said overlapped; some of what was said by each approach was unique. The Agile manifesto was the culmination of theses separate efforts, joined together as an Agile whole – better and stronger.

What did each uniquely contribute? My views, typed up in 5 minutes, but bash me if you really need to and think I deserve it……..:


  • Stories
  • Test driven development
  • Continuous integration
  • Continuous refactoring


  • Self organization
  • Plan – Do – Check – Adapt; Continuous improvement; Kaizen


  • Attack highest risk issues first
  • Architecture and component driven


  • Deliver the right product at the right time at the right price
  • What does not benefit the end customer is waste
  • Eliminate all forms of waste
  • Challenge the status quo


  • Time box
  • Flexible requirements – not flexible budgets and release dates


  • Plan, deliver and organize based on features and business value, not tasks

When I now hear the RUP, SCRUM, DSDM, FDD, XP, Crystal etc. zealots bash each other I wonder where the Agile values are. One of them is RESPECT. So please, even though money is at stake, try to show some.

Where have all the values gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the values gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the values gone?
Sold for a dollar every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Lionel Bisschoff
CEO, Kaizania



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