Alistair Cockburn (born 19 November) is an American computer scientist, known as one of the initiators of the agile movement in software development.
Cockburn obtained his degree in computer science at the Case Western Reserve University. In 2003 he received his PhD degree from the University of Oslo.
Cockburn started his career in the field of communication technology and OO -Software development at IBM operates from 1984 to 1991. He then moved into an advisory role at IBM, in particular the methods of OO software development. From 1994, "Humans and Technology" in Salt Lake City.
Cockburn helped writing the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001, the agile PM Declaration of Interdependence in 2005, and co-founded the International Consortium for Agile in 2009 (with Ahmed Sidky and Ash Rofail). He is a principal expositor of the use case for documenting business processes and behavioral requirements for software, and inventor of the Cockburn Scale for categorizing software projects...
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