Thoughts on summarizing the Declaration of Interdependence

Monday, February 4, 2008 – 1:01 PM

Alistair Cockburn (pronounced co-burn) has an interesting post on his efforts to summarize the Agile project Leadership Network’s Declaration of Interdependence. I think he’s right, compared to the agile manifesto this is long and complex.

Summarizing the DOI

I do think his summary brings out two interesting ideas that aren’t spelled out in the agile manifesto but are key to running agile teams:

People making a difference – teams, teamwork and group accountability are important but it’s individuals who ultimately do the work. We need to create an environment where individuals can make a difference as part of a time. There’s a balance to be found here.

Situational strategies – To be quite honest I’m not sure I completely understand what the authors meant by this. However, it makes me think of plays in American football. Given a set of circumstances on your project what processes or practices make up your strategy, what project management play would you run?

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