Nearly 6 months ago I saw another Top 20 list of Agile people. I was troubled. As a result I started an 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 “heroes” – people whose ideas are more important others. Instead, 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 creating a list of voices we should hear more from. My goal is find ~100, the limit is more from my time and energy than the lack of more people we could 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 scrollable list.
I know that the table formatting is a bit of an issue – I will fix this when I have a chance.
Just for fun I created a simple button if you want to post in your sidebar:
I know several people don’t have blogs or Twitter IDs listed, so I can’t find them; I’m hoping this post will encourage them to come out of the woodwork.
As I find new names and new blogs I will update the list periodically. Thanks to the many people who helped make this happen.
Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.