Ms. Dekkers and Mr. Highsmith talk about adaptive methodologies and agile software development, and the importance of the people behind the processes. Mr. Highsmith also introduces the Manifesto created by the Agile Alliance.
TEXT TRANSCRIPT: 15 March 2001
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Carol: And welcome to show number eleven of Quality Plus e-Talk! with Carol Dekkers. I'm Carol Dekkers. I'd like to welcome you from wherever you're listening to us. This week's show carries on with some of the things we've talked about for the last eleven weeks. We've talked about building better software and focusing on that. And today's guest is one of the cream of the crop guests. They just keep coming and coming. And people said to me this week at the Software Engineering Process Group conference I was at in New Orleans, "Where do you get all your guests?" And I've said that I'm just incredibly fortunate to be able to know and contact some of the best in the industry. And today's guest is no exception. We're going to be talking to Jim Highsmith on the topic of "Introducing Adaptive Software Development - Lightweight Methods for the New Millennium." So I'm quite excited to have Jim here. Welcome to the show, Jim.
Jim: Thanks, Carol.
Carol: And I'd like to tell people a little bit about what I do and a little bit about the calendars that we've been offering. We introduce function point analysis and software measurement, not only for getting numbers to be able to manage your metrics and to be able to manage with, but really to be able to leverage your software practices. This week, with the Capability Maturity Model, there were a lot of presentations on how to increase, not the complexity, but increase the effectiveness of your processes. And the best way to do that is to be able to find out which software development processes aren't working right, which ones are working better, and to be able to leverage the best practices. The only way to do that is to measure things. So again, this week I'd like to offer you a copy of our free calendar. If you send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, I'd be happy to mail one out to you. Please include your mailing address, because I haven't figured out how to send by email anything that's a paper copy. I'd like to thank our sponsor, StickyMinds.com, for being our sponsor, and I'd like to introduce something that a lot of people have been waiting for. They've been waiting for the past shows, where we've had just an incredible line-up of guests. And people have said, you know, "I missed the show with Bret Pettichord" or "I missed the show with Johanna Rothman or Howard Rubin, and I'd really like to be able to have some idea of what was said." Well, StickyMinds.com, if you go out to www.stickyminds.com, you can see downloadable transcripts, actually paper copies of the transcripts, word for word, including the "ums" and the "yeahs" and also streaming audio - exactly what we've said on a number of different shows. Now we've got five of them up right now, including Ed Yourdon, Esther Derby, Howard Rubin, Johanna Rothman, Bret Pettichord, and eventually, all 26 shows from this series and the last 13, we will have all 26 shows up on StickyMinds.com that you can take a look at, download for free.