Welcome to the Agile Atlas

What Is This?

The purpose of this site is to provide an “encyclopedia” of information about Agile and related methods. Although the site is presently supported only by the Scrum Alliance, it is not intended to be a Scrum-only site in any way. We propose to provide as broad and deep a view of all the information topics relating to Agile, Lean, and even plan-based methods. We propose to cover as many named as we can: Scrum, XP, Kanban. Who knows, perhaps even DSDM.

This site is based in part on the Agile Skills Project, which identified nine “pillars”, classifying skills that Agile teams and individuals would find valuable. There are at least that many more areas where skills have been identified. We hope to cover them all. Material from the Agile Skills Project will be moved here in some form. Mechanics for that are yet to be determined.

The "center" of the site is "Core Scrum". This is a Scrum Alliance supported description of Scrum. It is consistent with other definitive descriptions, and is the basis for the Scrum Alliance's CSM test. Surrounding the Core, we have many authors' “primer” view of Scrum. We believe that this combination provides a better sense of what Scrum really is, on the ground and in the minds of its practitioners, than any single document might.

Site Organization

Surrounding the "Core", we have "Common Practices". These are practices and ideas which are often seen on Scrum projects. Most are generally believed to be consistent with Scrum, and to be useful in many cases. Many are applicable only in special circumstances, and some are downright controvresial. As with all the sections, this one will be growing over time.

Then there is "Commentary". Commentary includes the Scrum Primers, but also includes other articles relating to Scrum, Agile, Lean, and so on. 

Articles may be tagged "Controversial". These are ideas about which wise, well-intended, experienced people may disagree. We will try to have no absolutely crackpot ideas here, but we feel strongly that these topics are where the learning is going on in Scrum, and we want our readers to be aware of them. Controversial articles include connections to related articles expressing different viewpoints. 

Project Status

We are using LeanKit to track our progress on the project. There are two boards, one for work on the site itself, Agile Atlas Site Development, and one for editorial work, Agile Atlas Editorial Flow. [Clicking the links will take you to the LeanKit site, which does not require registration, but will ask for your timezone.]

Author Bio

If you're an author on the site and would like to create or edit your bio, the instructions are here.

Comments and Feedback

We want constructive feedback from anyone who has it, and will welcome article proposals from anyone who would like to submit. Inquire via contacts, or direct email to Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson if you would like to write an article for us. We will negotiate with you on the subject and input format, and work with you through the acceptance process. 

Enjoy!!