Wild West to Agile is drawn from personal experience, from the Apollo moon mission to digital transformations.
In 2023, “technology is your business–no matter what your business.” But how did we get here and how could a historical perspective prepare us for the future?
Jim Highsmith tackles the evolution and revolution of software development, embellishes them with personal experiences, from the Apollo moon mission to modern digital transformations, and introduces the adventurous pioneers–from structured era developer Ken Orr to Agile methodologist Kent Beck–who strived to make the world a better place, by building better software.
Jim’s six-decade career has encompassed the Wild West (1966-1979), to Structured Methods and Monumental Methodologies (1980s), to the Roots of Agile (1990s), to the present Agile Era (2001-present). In each era, he explores the evolution of software development methods, methodologies, and mindsets.
Whether you are from the 1970-1980’s generation looking for an “I was there too” moment, a newer generation interested in the evolution of software development, the Agile generation interested in how Agile methodologies were born and evolved, or have a general interest in information technology, Wild West to Agile has something for you.