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Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith

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Foreword

The 1990s were the Decade of Process for IT. We prostrated ourselves before the CMM and ISO. We sought not just perfection in the way we built software, but total predictability. We concluded that it wasn't enough just to do things right; we also had to “call our shot”—to say in advance exactly what we intended to do, and then do exactly that. Nothing more and nothing less. We were determined (in CMM terms) to “plan the work and work the plan.”

A big part of our process focus in the 1990s had to do with our obsession with all things Japanese. Think back to 1990 and remember your own take on the subject at that time. There was a general malaise and a feeling that the West had lost its momentum and the Japanese had a lock on the future. ...

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