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Agile Development Co-founder Explains the “Heart of Agile”

The size and shape and international nature of current projects has helped to shape the new application of agile methodologies, Agile development co-founder, Alistair Cockburn explained in an interview at Belatrix’s headquarters in Mendoza, Argentina. Cockburn described what he calls the new “heart of agile”, a distilling of the methodology into four core elements: collaborate, deliver, reflect, and improve.

He told Belatrix that smaller companies tend to adapt to agile methodologies more easily than larger companies. Cockburn’s Agile Manifesto was first published in 2001 and has been translated into numerous languages. According to the Project Management Institute’s Pulse of the Profession 2018, more than 45% of companies surveyed use or had used an Agile or hybrid Agile approach in the last year.

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Bianca Wright

Nearshore Americas Contributing Editor Bianca Wright has been published in a variety of magazines and online publications in the UK, the US and South Africa, including Global Telecoms Business,, SA Computer Magazine, M-Business,, Business Start-ups, Cosmopolitan and ComputorEdge. She holds a MPhil degree in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and a DPhil in Media Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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