There’s a lot the journalism industry can learn from startups, but if I could pick one thing that newsrooms should mimic, it’d be the adoption of an agile development process.
The basic tenant of agile software development is that progress can be made iteratively and incrementally, based on two week cycles. Even if your newsroom doesn’t have a development team, the concepts around agile development can be applied to any news or technology project.
The principles guiding agile are captured in the “Agile Manifesto“ — ideas that can and should apply, even if you’re not a tech company or startup. I’m not the first to write about this — it’s a concept that has been covered over and over again. Read more about “Agile Storytelling: The Brian Boyer Way” for how and why newsrooms should be more like open-source software developers. Journalism.co.uk has also written extensively about agile and deadline-driven development for newsrooms.
Below is a refresher on the four principles of the agile manifesto that could radically change how newsrooms approach projects and planning. Read more