The Shock of the Old
The Revolutionary Period of Big Innovation
in recent years it has started to look like we're moving out of the revolutionary period of big innovation, and into a phase of relative stability.I don't believe this for a minute.
Sources of Diffusion
no matter how good and powerful our software tools get, we are only getting a fraction of the leverage out of them that we could get.
Programming tools are no longer where the greatest potential lies.
We will get the biggest leverage, not just in programming but in all our endeavors, by discovering better ways to work together. [emphasis in original]
We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools [etc]
We were doing incremented development as early as 1957, in Los Angeles, under the direction of Bernie Dimsdale. He was a colleague of John von Neumann, so perhaps he learned it there, or assumed it was totally natural. [...] the technique used was, as far as I can tell, indistinguishable from XP. [...] much of the same team was reassembled [...] in 1958 to develop Project Mercury, we had our own machine [...] whose symbolic modification and assembly allowed us to build the system incrementally, which we did, with great success.