What to say about the Agile Manifesto besides: read it:
We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more
The Manifesto came to life in Februari 2001, after seventeen people (to be honest, all men. Yep. IT needs women. We’ll come back to that in another post. For sure.) spent a weekend at a ski resort in the Wasath mountains of Utah. According to themselves, they skied, ate, drank and even found time to come up with the most promiment manifesto agile knows. Weekend well spent, we would say!
The wonderful thing about this manifesto is its simplicity. But don’t be fooled, under that simplicity lies a great set of values to drive organisational change. Or any change for that matter. The seventeen people started calling themselves “Agile Methodologists.” Sounds pretty tough eh? But at the core, quoting from their own website, agile methodologists are really about “mushu” stuff. They really believe in delivering good products to customers by operating in an environment that does more than talk about “people as out most important asset” but actually “acts” as if people were the most important, and lose the word “asset.”
The Agile Manifesto is the reaction and answer to the waterfall way of handling change. It promotes people, minimal viable products, collaboration and responding to change. If you translate that to your everyday job, how many boxes can you tick?
Wanna read more about the basics of agile? Find all about it here.
Can’t wait to read more about the Manifesto for Agile Software Development? Well, we can imagine! We encourage you to do so (free advise: we especially love the “About the Manifesto” part of the link).
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