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James A. Highsmith III is an executive consultant at ThoughtWorks, Inc. He has more than thirty years of experience as an IT manager, product manager, project manager, consultant, and software developer. In addition to Adaptive Software Development, winner of the prestigious Jolt Award in 2000, he is the author of Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (Addison-Wesley, 2004) and Agile Software Development Ecosystems (Addison-Wesley, 2002). Jim is the recipient of the 2005 Stevens Award for outstanding contributions to systems development. He is coauthor of the Agile Manifesto; a founding member of the Agile Alliance; coauthor of Declaration of Interdependence, principles for agile project leaders; and cofounder and first president of the Agile Leadership Network. He has consulted with IT and product development organizations and software companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, China, Japan, India, and New Zealand.