Can Software Development Be Agile & Autonomous?

Those of us who work in the software development world are familiar with the term ‘agile’. But for us, this term is related to the Agile Manifesto. In Vijay Kuman’s TED talk, he speaks about ‘agile autonomous’ robots. He shows that decentralized control, local information, and anonymity work in this physical world. I wonder if we could use the same principles. He notes that the larger you make the quadrotor copter, the more inertia you have and the less agile it is.  Hmmm… that sounds awfully familiar.

About this video: In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more. At the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar studies the control and coordination of multi-robot formations.

2 thoughts on “Can Software Development Be Agile & Autonomous?

  1. PM Hut April 19, 2012 / 7:08 am

    Hi Bob,

    I think that Vijay is getting far, too far, from project management. But that’s not a problem, theh problem in this talk (in my opinion) is that it’s not realistic.

    Did Vijay really try what he’s telling others to do?

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