6 responses

  1. Glen B. Alleman
    February 19, 2014

    The best blog post EVER. Thanks for contributing to an important and poorly understand concept

    • Shim Marom
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks Glen, much appreciated.

  2. Kailash Awati
    February 22, 2014

    Hi Shim,

    Thank you for this excellent review of Jon’s very interesting work.

    Unfortunately all too many people make claims about ideas without being fully informed of the history of those ideas. Jon’s work is a salutary reminder that not just Agile, but pretty much every “new” idea out there has antecedents. As Ambrose Bierce said: “‘There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.”



  3. Jon Whitty
    February 25, 2014


    Many thanks for the acknowledgement of this work. And I’m really pleased that you’ve managed to articulate the key points so well. Your summary points beg many interesting questions.

    I also wanted to point out that this theme of research work on Agile and production ideas is driven by Terry McKenna. I just stand very much in the shadows and supply the evolutionary framework. Terry is the Project Management Archaeologist that has done all the hard yard on both these papers. His knowledge is bordering on encyclopaedic on these matters, and I’m always fascinated to hear about the various people (many in their twilight years) who have approached Terry with their knowledge of how and when these various production ideas were actually practiced, adapted, and spread.



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