After the 2008 Financial Crisis, I shifted into the IT Industry, where I worked as developer support and then as a project manager for small web projects. One of the most interesting innovations I came upon was the scrum system, which is a kind of agile system which is an alternative to other systems such as waterfall. Agile is a flexible and incremental way of making software, while waterfall is more rigid and sequential. Building software is really like constructing a building,* and agile is like prefab construction (cheap, fast, but might not last long) while waterfall is like traditional construction (expensive, slow, but is supposed to last long).
* Instead of 'programmers' or 'coders', they are called software 'developers' and system 'architects', which are words formerly used solely by the construction industry.
Agile makes sense in the Web 2.0 world since apps and the “Internet of Things” always change. Likewise, societies and economic activities always change because the mind of humans and human societies are always changing and evolving. This is why I thought of a Socioeconomic Manifesto, patterned after the Agile Manifesto, as a guide for the construction of Socioeconomic systems, that takes this metaphysical fact into account.
|Socioeconomic Manifesto (v.0.1) : A New Convention For Economic Justice*||Agile Manifesto|
|A new convention that aims to give people the means to create and exchange value for themselves and others, in a fair, transparent, and sustainable way, done through:||We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:
|People over Vested or Party Interests||Individuals and interactions over processes and tools|
|Working Systems Over Complex Theories||Working software over comprehensive documentation|
|Balancing Subjective Feedback From The People With Objective Statistics||Customer collaboration over contract negotiation|
|Adapting to Real World Socio-economic Situations, Instead of Rigid Plans and Dogmas||Responding to change over following a plan|
|A Balance Between The Physical World of Things and Numbers, And The Metaphysical World of Ideas and Feelings; Letting the Intellect or Brain and Moral Sentiments or Heart Work Together Naturally||That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.|
*David Hume explains that justice is needed whenever resources are finite and/or humans are selfish or not naturally benevolent by default. The scarcity of resources and the infinite-ness of human wants naturally create conflict, disorder, and unhappiness which makes every human miserable. Smith repeats this need for justice, for the sake of society, in his Theory of Moral Sentiments.