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Was the original Agile Manifesto really drafted by programmers and not project managers?

It seems there was a Cold War that existed between programmers and project managers, with regards to communications with business owners when delivering applications.. Can anyone shed more light on this?
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It's one of those urban legends, just like the story that it was all done together in one meeting, when in fact it was a series of meetings and communications that produced the manifesto. The important fact was not how it was created, but the fact it was created.

First of all, there is not a cold war between programmers and project managers. Second, I worked with most of the manifesto authors when we worked together at OOSPLA and mainly with Arie Van Bennekum when I was part of the group of authors of DSDM versions 1 and 2. Manifesto┬┤s authors (by the way, Manifesto is the application of Agile to software and the word software is used into it for a reason) were project managers leading important projects inside organizations like Crysler, NASA, etc. In fact, inside Manifesto Principles you will find the word project.

Stanley -

the content of the Manifesto was not a rebuttal of PMs or project management but rather a wake up call for everyone involved in developing and delivering solutions.


They were consultants, not project managers. All had software development background and most had their own (Agile) framework.
In my opinion the authors were development managers (old style), a role that required a lot of project management skills in top of technical skills specific to software development.

The manifesto does not mention roles. It is a collection of values and best practices called principles.
Some of the frameworks in use at the time (i.e. XP) had the role of Project Manager.
There is a big confusion regarding the 'Developer' role defined in Scrum. Developer doesn't mean coder (programmer) but anyone who contributes to the development of a product. Maybe some developers won't know but the PM has a huge contribution to the delivery of a project. A product increment (release) is always a project even when it's not formally defined as such. It has a scope, a defined timeframe and the budget to do it.

The idea that there is a 'cold war' between programmers and PMs is ridiculous. Most programmers will become PMs as the next step after Team Lead of Dev Manager.

BTW. Business Owner is a Project Management role. It doesn't need to be related to a software product.

Thank you Sergio, Sante, Kiron and Stellian. Please would you be kind enough to look up this video by Bob Martin, discussing the future of programming, as he does a flash back, recalling being one of the authors of the original Agile Manifesto and what he says about the invasion of the project managers?

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