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AgileDC 2019 Lighting Talk - presented in September 2019 Giant Leaps: An Agile Generation's Moonshot compares elements of the Apollo space program and agile software development. "When you have hundreds of thousands of people all doing their job a little better than they have to, you get an improvement in performance. And that's the only reason we could have pulled this whole thing off" Neil Armstrong
The successful Apollo 11 mission to the moon was made possible by a group of individuals given a clear but lofty goal to put an American on the moon within 8 years. Men and women worked together through iterative Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs to deliver on President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Many of the decisions, practices, and mindsets of the Apollo 11 engineering team uphold agile values and principles. The talk will explain those similarities and challenge the next generation of technologists to once again activate around a common vision and shoot for the moon.