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Posted by Dave West on February 22, 2011
Last week Agile reached the milestone of 10 years. Ten years ago a group of 17 thought leaders met to draw up the original guiding principles and manifesto for Agility. These principles not only define the approach of many Agile methods but are the line in the sand when discussing if something is Agile or not. There is little doubt in my mind that the creation of these principles set in motion one of the most important transformations that the software development industry has seen ― focusing development teams on the things that really matter and challenging ideas of work, processes, and practices that make no sense in the development of software. But the question is, after 10 years, should the guiding principles be updated?
Reviewing the principles
When working with organizations that are introducing Agile methods, conflict sometimes occurs when reviewing the principles in the following areas:
In addition to the issues with the core principles, many Agile adopters look for two other principles:
A changed set of principles
The principles of working software, customer collaboration, and responding to change have stood the test of time. However, I would think about changing and adding the following:
The Agile manifesto was a major success. Even after 10 years, it is difficult to improve on those original principles. That is a testament not only to the original 17 people who created it but also to the truth that those principles describe. However, Application Development & Delivery Pros should not just think that Agile is finished; instead, they should continue to extend the ideas, challenge their use, and apply what makes sense in their organizational context. The changes that I made to the principles are illustrative of the need for App Dev & Delivery Pros to continue to challenge the status quo and strive to improve the way software is delivered. I am looking forward to the next 10 years.
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