alistair cockburn

Keynote: Welcome to the Heart of Agile

Abstract: Agile has become overcomplicate since its founding. Tens of pages of terminology to learns, 180 rules for Scrum, this is not what we had in mind when we
wrote the Agile Manifesto.
Nor do you need it all. Welcome to the Heart of Agile, the smallest set of advice for improving your project, your organization, you agility.
Just four words: Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve.
This keynote by one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto introduces the need for simplification and the extension of Shu-Ha-Ri to include Kokoro: radical simplification, and its application to Agile. Come away from this talk with a fresh appreciation for the simplicity and power of the heart agile, and a fresh energy for your own work.


Dr. Alistair Cockburn is one of the creators of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. He was voted one of the “The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes” in 2007 for his pioneering work in use cases and agile software development.

He is an expert on agile development, use cases, process design, project management, and software architecture. He co-created the Agile Manifesto, the Declaration of Inter-Dependence, the Agile Leadership Network and the International Consortium for Agile.

His current focus is consulting, training, and broadcasting the "heart of agile". His articles, talks, poems and blog are online at