1 WHAT IS AGILE?
1.1 THE HISTORY OF AGILE
‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’ is a particularly apt term when discussing the evolution of Agile, as Agile thinking is founded on the concepts and ideas behind many different IT governance and delivery frameworks. Table 1.1 shows the evolution of these frameworks (see Chapter 14) since the late 1940s, leading to what is now generically referred to as ‘Agile’.
Some Agile thinking is based on the ‘Toyota Production System (TPS)’ (Liker, 2004) or ‘Lean’, as it is now more widely known. For example, the concept of Visual Boards (see Section 8.7) is taken from TPS. ...