PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter

Dr. Alistair Cockburn



Dr. Alistair Cockburn

Co-author of the Agile Manifesto, created Heart of Agile. Creatively showing a humane way forward since the 1990s.

Change can be Scary: Take it one Micro-step at a Time

The effective working of teams, incorporating the lessons from agile development, can be encapsulated in four words: Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve. It should be obvious that if you do these four things, your team's work will go better and get better results. But inside this "heart of agile" advice lies our most modern recommendations: make your decisions as small as possible, get feedback as soon as possible, and above all, make micro-improvements your theme song.

In this session, Dr. Alistair Cockburn, founder of the agile movement and expert in various forms of project management, outlines the heart of agile and how people are using micro-improvements to raise morale, work better together, and make change less scary.

Leadership PDU: 1

About Dr. Alistair Cockburn

Dr. Alistair Cockburn was named as one of the “42 Greatest Software Professionals of All Times" in 2020 (for fun, read the list here). He received this honor for his work on methodologies, use cases and agile development, co-authoring both the Agile Manifesto and the Project Management Declaration of Inter-dependence. Lately, he has been working on expanding agile outside of product development, to cover initiatives in any endeavor, including families, government and social-impact projects. See for that progress.

The Heart of Agile:

The "Heart of Agile" is a simplication of agile to just four words: Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve. With these four words, the ideas from agile software development can be applied to any domain, including civil engineering, government work, organizational transformation, and social impact projects. Simpler, more widely applicable, easier to apply, and more powerful. Read the papers on this, see the videos, take the myriad of courses surrounding the concepts, check