2012 - Iterative Book Development Manifesto - Adam Hyde

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For some time we have been talking about Iterative Book Development (IBD), so maybe it’s about time to unpack some of the ideas.

IDB is a book production process which focuses on smaller amounts of text (groups of chapters, chapter or chapter parts) and aims to move the content forward quickly through a collaborative process.

At first glance process sounds familiar to a software development process known as Agile Development. The Agile Development manifesto states

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Working software over comprehensive documentation

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

These concepts do not map directly onto book production. If there was a manifesto for IBD it might state that the value lies in:

Collaborative content production over single authorship

Collaboration and facilitation over ‘editors’ and ‘authors’

Engaged discourse over isolation

Completed chunks over incomplete volumes

Here and now production over sometime soon production

The values as such are applicable to a variety of contexts including Book Sprints but they can also be applied to book development of any kind.


Aparece en Varios autores. (2016). Manifestos For The Internet Age v0.8. M.Schmalstieg, B. Crevits, V.Kruug (Eds). Greyscale Press.








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