David Hussman

Maker, Speaker, Teacher, and Coach

“If you don’t know where you are going,
it’s easy to iteratively not get there.”

David Hussman was a thundering catalyst and pioneer for the agile community. More importantly, it was his
coaching, mentoring, and sharing of ideas and techniques that will forever leave his imprint on all of our lives. His ability to string together chords of pragmatism and sustainability pushed product learning to new
heights and brought together product communities. David is survived by his loving wife and two daughters.
For his impact on the community and on our lives, we honor his memory today and always.

The Dude Behind The Legend

‘Every moment is what matters,’ every little hug, every time you say, ‘I’m sorry,’”

In this article for southwestjournal.com, David talks about his battle with cancer, and his new approach for life: The Dude Abides

The Work That Made the Legend

As a gifted entertainer, David excelled at captivating people through both his talks at local, national, and international events as well as via his written word. He did so much during his time in the industry, but we’ve shared a few here that are “classic David Hussman”.

Community Groups

David was passionate about planting seeds and sharing knowledge within his local community
in Minneapolis/St. Paul and all over the world. Over the years, David cultivated events
like Jam Sessions, Agile Day Twin Cities, CodeFreeze with the University of Minnesota,
Agilepalooza’s with our friends at VersionOne, Twin Cities Product Conference, Chaos Day, and more!

Some of the best events were events that few people knew about. Small gatherings of people
often congregated in the DevJam basement jamming together about something they were passionate
about. David loved to facilitate these conversations and to challenge people to challenge themselves
and others in their ways of doing and thinking.

David Hussman’s Reading List

A voracious reader, David’s talks and DevJam courses are filled with references to the books
he reads. Here are a few favorites David often recommended.


Antifragile, Nassim Taleb

The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb

The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma, Gurcharan Das

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’s Early Days, Jessica Livingston

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum, Alan Cooper

Escape Velocity, Geoffrey A. Moore

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, Kent Beck with Cynthia Andres

Test-Driven Development by Example, Kent Beck

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, Daniel J. Levitin

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Atul Gawande