Mon, 31 Jul 2006
The Gordon Pask Award 2007
Each year at the Agile200X Conference, the Agile Alliance presents the
Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice. Here's its
The Gordon Pask Award recognizes two people whose recent contributions to
Agile Practice demonstrate, in the opinion of the Award Committee,
their potential to become leaders of the field. The award comes with
a check for US$5000.
Last year's recipients were J. B. Rainsberger
and Jim Shore. This
Programming Explained into French, for early
and helpful activity on the English-language XP mailing list,
for organizing a French-language
site, mailing list, and wiki, for XP Day France, for the
(incipient) thoughts on his
of code dojos.
The collaborators Steve
Freeman and Nat Pryce for
helping found XP Day, for their
long-time involvement in
Tuesday Club, for their joint role in the development,
evolution, and popularization of the idea of mock objects and its
realization in jMock, and for the
networks of collaborations they're involved
programming, for example).
(That "network of collaboration" thing presents a problem. Steve
and Nat are extreme examples of a problem the Pask award faces: given
the collaborative nature of Agile, any boundary you draw that says
"this idea, here, is due to that set of people, there" is bound to
leave out contributors. Steve and Nat are far from the only people
who've worked on mock objects, and they've both collaborated with
other people on other things. Where do you draw the award's line?
There'd be some justification for giving it to the whole of
London, or at least to the whole Extreme Tuesday Club.
(The committee—Rachel Davies, J.B. Rainsberger, Jim Shore, and
me—discussed such matters for two and a half hours,
maybe more, one night [causing me to rudely skip dinner with Laurent,
for what I hope he now thinks is a good reason]. At times, I found
myself thinking that maybe the whole idea was too much trouble.
Where I ended up is
that we should not avoid doing greater good because we cannot
distribute all the credit that's deserved. I hope no one gets
upset. Believe me, trying to pick two awards from many
possibilities is just no
fun at all.)
Our criteria are evolving (and, starting with this second year,
they're mainly in the hands of the past recipients). We are looking
for people who provide both ideas and actions. We want people who are
advancing the state of the practice. But we also want people who are
spreading knowledge of the existing state of the practice, so that
Agile teams know what more there is to learn. And we also want people
who are helping people on a personal level, not just at the abstract
level of ideas.
## Posted at 09:31 in category /conferences