Nearly 6 months ago I saw another Top 20 list of Agile people. I was troubled. As a result I started anti top 100 list: (from Looking for 100 Agile Voices we should hear more from)
In the past few years a number of Agile people I respect have published Top 100 or even Top 200 lists. While I, like many others appreciate the attention they’ve brought, the whole idea seems very anti-Agile. Agile promotes a democratic meritocracy. These lists do the opposite; they create “hero’s” – people whose ideas are more important than others. Instead of this I think we should be widely read in the Agile community, often reaching outside our immediate realm. To that end I’m asking for your help in creating a list of voices that we should hear more from. My goal is find 100; this limit being more from my lack of time and energy than from the lack of the number of people we could possibly find.
I naively assumed that once this went “live” I would be flooded with names. The first few came in rapidly, and they’ve trickled in on and off ever since. Well, the list has now reached 70 people; I’ve long since had my minimum viable product, but summer and family time intervened.
As a reminder – my simple rules for inclusion are:
- Nominees have to have a track record of doing something Agile for at least a year
- Not be in the Top 100 of any previous list
- The list isn’t sorted – no one is more important than anyone else
- I’m most interested in people who write about their experiences, either good or bad
- Please don’t suggest yourself
There is no order to this list.