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.

Is Innovation Important?

AT&T must think so. As a part of AT&T’s leadership development efforts, our phone company dedicated 2 1/2 hours today as Scott Anthony presented “Driving Innovation” in the morning session and helped us learn how about, “Strengthening Your Innovation Muscles” this afternoon. Both sessions were filled with important info. .

As I try to make my case that adopting a transparent, work-limited, pull system (kanban), I’ll be interested to see if Scott’s message of innovation will help me dent the stout defenses erected by the defenders of the status quo.

Bob H