What Does the Agile Manifesto Mean?

This post is from scrumalliance.org by Scott Ocamb.

As we all know, the Angile Manifesto was authored at a ski lodge in Utah in 2001. These important guidelines and principles drive much of what we do. These simple, elegant words are very difficult to use in the real world and sometimes, in my opinion, are misunderstood.

I thought I would write some words about Agile from the direct perspective of the Agile Manifesto. If we remember the overall idea these people had in mind and allow for flexibility, we can increase our chances of success.

I will start with the four main points of the Manifesto. They are:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

Directly following these points is the following sentence: “That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.”

The phrase “while there is value in the items on the right” is often left out of our thoughts as we deliver Agile solutions. I will explore each of the four points and provide my thoughts as to what they mean to me.

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