Human Issues of Agile Processes
Marriott Hotel — Florida Salon III

Jens Coldewey, Coldewey Consulting, Germany (
Jutta Eckstein, Objects in Action, Germany
Pete McBreen, McBreen Consulting, Canada
Alastair Handley, Pragmatic Software Consulting Services, Canada

The “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” ( states the following important values for agile processes:
  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

In looking at these values, we find that there are many human issues that pervade the agile software development process. These human issues effect team management as well as client management and the ways in which they collaborate.

The intention of this sequel to last year’s OOPSLA workshop “Deploying Lightweight Processes” is to identify and illuminate these human issues. We are looking for insights that may help people and organizations prepare for the effects of Agile Processes and the cultural changes that they bring, as well as insights into the psychological systems on which Agile Processes are based.


Tracks: Agile Methods; People and Project Management

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