Jim Highsmith is Director, Agile Project Management Practice at Cutter Consortium. He is the author of Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products, Addison Wesley 2004; Adaptive Software Development: A Collaborative Approach to Managing Complex Systems, Dorset House 2000 (JOLT award winner), and Agile Software Development Ecosystems, Addison Wesley 2002. Jim was an author of the Agile Manifesto and the Declaration of Interdependence, a founder of the Agile Alliance, and a founder and first president of the Agile Project Leadership Network. Jim is the recipient of the 2005 international Stevens Award for outstanding contributions to systems development.
Jim is a recognized leader in the agile project management and software development movement. He is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide and has published dozens of articles including "The Agile Manifesto," co-authored with Martin Fowler, in the August 2001 issue of Software Development. Jim has worked with many types of organizations to help them adapt to the accelerated pace of development in increasingly complex, uncertain environments.