November 1, 2005 - Arlington, Massachusetts
Cutter Consortium's Agile Project Management Practice Director, Jim Highsmith, Wins 2005 Stevens Award

Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to the Literature/Practice of Methods for Software and Systems Development

Jim Highsmith, Senior Vice President and Director of Cutter Consortium's Agile Project Management and Software Development practice has been named the recipient of the 11th international Stevens Award.

Jim Highsmith is a thought leader and creator of adaptive approaches for software development and project management -- that emphasize the ability to respond quickly and innovate. He has penned three defining books in the field, is coauthor of the Agile Manifesto and founding member of the Agile Alliance and Agile Project Leadership Network. As a consultant to IT, product development, and software organizations worldwide, Jim Highsmith has provided a method for software organizations to produce results far beyond what they could achieve utilizing traditional development processes and project management.

Karen Coburn, Cutter Consortium's President and CEO, stated, "We are delighted that the Stevens Award committee has recognized Jim Highsmith's contributions and thought leadership in software development and project management. I'm sure the Cutter clients who have had access to his expertise through consulting and training will join us in congratulating Jim for receiving this distinguished award."

Highsmith will deliver the Stevens Lecture on Software Development Methods on Tuesday, 8 November 2005 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA in conjunction with the joint meetings of the IEEE/IFIP Working Conference on Software Architecture and the Working Conference on Reverse Engineering. According to the organizers, "The Stevens Award was created to recognize outstanding contributions to the literature or practice of methods for software and systems development. The lecture presentations focus on lessons learned and challenges, with an emphasis on advancing or analyzing the state of software methods and their direction for the future."

Highsmith's lecture, "Agile Development: Delivering Results in a Dynamic, Uncertain Environment," will address the concepts of agile project management and software development, and the forces that are moving those concepts from the leading edge and into the mainstream.

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