A community of craftsmen

We are not alone. We build, teach, learn, and share as part of a diverse community of professionals.

A Manifesto

One of the important catalysts in the Software Craftsmanship movement is the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship.

In early 2009, the craftsmen of 8th Light were instrumental in writing this foundational statement of software craftsmanship values.

We continue to operate and maintain the website that hosts the manifesto and its signatories. The four values of the manifesto (well-crafted software, a community of professionals, productive partnerships, and steadily adding value) are the foundation of 8th Light, and remain core to our daily work.

Read and Sign the Manifesto


8th Light University

Every Friday at noon, 8th Light hosts a lunch and talk on various software topics. Talks are given by 8th Light craftsmen or the occasional guest speaker, and they can range from discussions to hands-on exercises. All talks are recorded and available online.

To find out about upcoming events, join the 8th Light University meetup group.

Join the Group


8th Light organizes Software Craftsmanship North America, a conference held annually in Chicago that features sessions that explore software craftsmanship. In 2013, the 5th annual SCNA had over 200 attendees with 13 speakers, kata performances, and a rousing game of software-themed Jeopardy (otherwise known as private static double jeopardy).

On the SCNA website you can watch videos of past talks and learn more information about the next SCNA conference.

SCNA Website

Open Source Contributions