Filling the Professionalism Gap: Craftsmanship and Policy

Ten years ago Extreme Programming, Agile Development, and Scrum shook the foundations of our industry. Our cherished beliefs were brought into question and turned inside out. The echoes of that revolution continue to resound. But now an even bigger tide has begun to turn. The Agile movement has helped software developers, testers, and business analysts to define their profession with unprecedented clarity. “Craftsmanship” is the watchword of the day. There is a ground swell of individual contributors who have decided that they want to be true professionals instead of technical laborers. They want authority over their workmanship, their disciplines, and their practices, and they are willing to take the corresponding responsibility. But is management ready for the tsunami of professionalism that’s on the horizon?