Jim and Michele McCarthy share the origins of the Core Protocols.

The Core Protocols describe the behaviors of the best teams in the world. Jim and Michele observed teams in their lab and in industry until they understand the common behaviors that the best teams shared. The documented these behaviors and share them with the world as the Core Protocols.

This episode is adapted from a guest lecture that Jim and Michele gave during Richard’s course, CSCI E-71 Agile Software Development, at Harvard University. To learn more about the McCarthys and their work, visit their website, and the Facebook group, The Booted, at

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