#Agile Top 9 MVPs

Recently there has been a lot of articles promoting the top Agile books to read:

Top Agile Book 2011

And there was the previous post of the top 200 Agile Bloggers

Top 200 Agile Blogs

All of these lists are great, but I wanted to publish a bit of a different list. I’ve called this list the Agile Top 9 MVPs. In this case MVP stands for Most Valuable Promoter of Agile Ideas. I follow a lot of people on Twitter and read their blogs, but there are a small number of people who consistently expose me to new ideas and make me think. For this list I’ve excluded the Web sites that gather other people’s entries and send out newsletters but don’t typically author any articles themselves. (but the line is a bit blurry I must admit)

This list was compiled over the last 6 months so it only reflects recent activity. That may be why leaders like Mike Cohn and Luke Hohmann may not appear on this list. Their promoting and introducing of many of the new ideas happened prior to the last six months.

Agile Top 9 MVPs (in no particular order)



Mike Cottmeyer


Laura Brandenburg


David j Bland


Alan Shalloway


Jim Highsmith


James Shore


Lyssa Adkins


Esther Derby


Scott Ambler


The Rationale

So how did I compose this list? It was simply the people who time and time again over Twitter, Linked-In, Facebook, Blogs, and comments expose me to new ideas and make me think. They also have a good ratio of tweets that point me to new ideas. It is great to see tweets from these 9 as they usually point you to a great article or start a good discussion on a topic. I also listed people whom I feel are balanced and diverse in their opinions. They are not ones to quickly jump on a bandwagon or also not consider a new idea. They are open to new ideas, not married to old ones, and are very well-balanced and measured in their opinions.

I have to mention a couple of my absolute favourites recently:

1) Laura Brandenburg’s Blog on topics of interest to Business Analysts is wonderful. Although I am not a Business Analyst, I find excellent information and a very lively discussion board.

2) Allan Shalloway’s Tweets and articles are excellent and he is one of the few to give Lean the attention it deserves.

3) David Bland’s Tweets are awesome and very informing. Excellent insight.

4) Esther Derby has a great diversity of opinions and articles.

5) Scott Ambler. I may not always agree with Scott initially, but more times than not, I end up learning something every single time I read some article of his…

Honourable Mentions

Although, I said I would not mention sites that comprise articles from other primarily, I can’t do it. InfoQ and AgileScout are great sources of information as I believe I read them almost daily and see tweets every day directing me to great new ideas…

Why only 9? Why for Bobby Hull of course!


Author: Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

5 thoughts on “#Agile Top 9 MVPs”

  1. Thanks so much for adding Bridging the Gap to your list. It’s always a bit of a surprise to me when Bridging the Gap shows up on an agile list as I don’t consider myself an agilist, though I do help many others share their ideas about the intersection of agile and BA practices. Then I realize that the type of BA I advocate for is not the “traditional” BA that might have difficulty adapting to an agile environment.

    All of that being said, it’s great to see the agile community starting to embrace us business analysts! We have a lot to learn from each other.

    Thank you.


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