“Personal Kanban” Author Jim Benson on the Agile Manifesto


Jim Benson is the author of the global bestseller “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life” and self-identified “Agile heretic.” A strong proponent for the values and principles, collaboration, and teamwork, Benson nonetheless is vocal on social media about ways Agile can improve. An example is when Agile teams don’t do any documentation, pointing at the Agile Manifesto: “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.”

Benson contends that people mistakenly turn this into a false dichotomy where the former is good and the latter is bad. But, he says, “You can’t have interactions between individuals without process, and our process is facilitated by tools… The process is our social contract about how we are going to interact.” He agrees that the Manifesto is good but it was written by “a bunch of guys going skiing” and a few relatively minor tweaks could make it more impactful.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

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