Pioneers in Thought Leadership

I am actively looking for people who have been linking Agile to the Learning Organization concept before 2012. Specifically, I am looking for folks who have written anything in books, papers and blog posts predating 2012, that explain how Agile practices are actually the A-B-C steps to building a small Learning Organization that we currently call a Team.

Here are some of the links I have received so far. These links show how pioneering thinkers have been VERY CLOSE to the idea that Agile practices actually are the A-B-Cs that get a group to start engaging in patterns of behavior (the Tribal Learning Patterns) that literally manifest the Learning Organization in small groups.

These are the pioneering thought leaders, the true trailblazers:

Chris Matts: 2003, web page:

“…Agile is Learning…All Agile principles and practices are based upon feedback and learning. ”

Chris Matts: InfoQ interview: 2010

“…I want the the Agile community to know that the community is in fact a learning machine….. and it is broken. If something is not done to fix it, it will only last another couple of years before it fragments and something else will rise to replace it.” (NOTE: Please examine and

“…I recently wrote a blog post where I state the Agile Manifesto is actually a call to arms to create a software learning community. This is not a recent view of Agile although it is a recent reflection on the manifesto.”


Keith Ray, circa 2003, via his blog:

“…Continuous Learning. I’ve always said that XP requires a Learning Organization, and this practice make it explicit.”

NOTE: If the above link is broken, USE THIS ONE:

Keith Ray: A link from Keith Ray circa 2003…

….that covers QUITE A FEW of the Tribal Learning patterns that Agile practices encourage… direct mention linking Agile practices to the manifestation of the Learning Org…

There’s a company that provides facilitators and arranges events for
other companies to help them think about their problems. They get a lot of people together in one room (they have places in various cities for
this purpose), and do various exercises not unlike some described in
Norm Kerth’s book on Retrospectives, and among other things do a log of
writing on sheets of paper on the walls.