Manifesto for Agile Software Development
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.
Kent Beck, Mike Beedle, Arie van Bennekum, Alistair Cockburn, Ward Cunningham, Martin Fowler, James Grenning, Jim Highsmith, Andrew Hunt, Ron Jeffries, Jon Kern, Brian Marick, Robert C. Martin, Steve Mellor, Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland, Dave Thomas
© 2001, the above authors this declaration may be freely copied in any form, but only in its entirety through this notice.
NOTE: Was really glad that someone on Moz blog chose to reprint this wonderful piece from 2001. It is hard, even for the person who shared this to remember (if he is even old enough to) what life on the internet was like in 1996 or even 2001 when they authored this Agile Software Manifesto. Luckily the authors of the manifesto have a webpage that sort of encapsulates it. That is what the internet used to look like. The Wikipedia page outlining the ‘movement’ and all its varying principles does a very nice job.
The only people that could or had access to anything more to create digital spaces were companies, they had just launched in with both feet and created an Internet Economy Bubble, that saw me with my first new Media job, and first layoff. Both seminal experiences. Shortly it would be very nice to revisit these ideas, and as the above author in the link did, imagine what this looks like in a different scale, different economy, and changing paradigm. The beauty of it (as with all good manifestos) is it stands the test of time and is flexible.
As with proverbs and aphorisms, lending itself to differing or competing interpretations, there is still a clarity there. Now should this be applied as a business principle? Taken at face value with no critique? Absolutely not.
In fact here is a very nice summation of some, and a brief overview saving us both some time. All fodder compelling me to revisit this concept, which is ripe in its teen years now, to examine as it becomes defacto operating procedure. Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory land and find yourself interrogating your devices, platforms, work using it.