Welcome to The Manifest, the corporate blog of Novagenia (Information Technologies).
Novagenia is a spanish company specialized in Agile Methods and Tools applied, mainly, but not exclusively, to creating software solutions.
From a personal perspective,my experience on agile methods dates to ancient history, back to 1999, when I stumbled upon an interesting refection on new ways of facing software development methods. The author was a Mr Kent Beck and it was published in the first wiki site (created by Ward Cuningham who, besides, came up with the name wiki from a Hawaian word for fast although that is another story…) You can still access a modern version of the site in this link. Once I was test infected there was no cure; ¡it was impossible to accept waterfall paradigm dogma!
Some time later, after co-founding Novagenia in 2004, I decided that besides using the best software develoment process, I needed the best tools available in the market. I tested dozens of applications for months (Saas computing was not in fashion at the time) from open source solutions to comercial tools our budget could buy. Until I found the tool suite that I have been using since: JIRA + Confluence. For those of you who still haven’t used them, there are important open source projects using these tools: Apache, JBoss, Spring, Alfresco, etc. Then in 2006 Novagenia started providing consulting services on Agile Methods and we became the first Atlassian partner in Spain.
In the next articles on The Manifest we’ll try and share our take on agilism from a pragmatical outlook, writing about experiences and lessons learned during these exciting years providing our small contribution to the community. I hope you will share with us the journy that starts today…