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The Agile Manifesto

While Agile systems first emerged in the 90s, it wasn’t until 2001 that business leaders came into agreement about just what it represented. This gave us the Agile Manifesto; four values and twelve principles that sum up the Agile ethos.

The items on the right are still important to any business, but for Agile purposes, those on the left should be prioritised. The four values are:

Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation

Creating documents to track process is a good idea, but those documents shouldn’t be prioritised over the software they describe. Discarding outdated business practices such as writing regular reports in favour of a more productive system where software is continually improved is another step towards an Agile working culture.

Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation

A business is nothing without their customers. Any value given to the business itself or their products stems from customer satisfaction so working with consumers to obtain feedback and improve products creates a situation where all parties benefit. Formal, long-winded contracts can get in the way of the trust between customers and the business, so clarity is essential when engaging with customers.

Responding to Change over Following a Plan

Change is a natural part of society, and markets are no different. Lean-Agile systems promote adaptive business models that evolve to respond to changes in the market so as not to fall behind or get overtaken by competitors. Using past experiences and learning from others’ mistakes are a few ways in which businesses can plan for the future. Nevertheless, plans should be dynamic and able to adapt as well when the need arises, since going to plan doesn’t always go to plan.

The Twelve Principles

These twelve principles are simple enough to understand on their own and sum up the core essence of Agile in a comprehensible manner.

If you’d like to learn more about how to use the Agile Manifesto to understand Agile practices, contact Arvind at The Agile Works at

(Sourced from SAFe Distilled: Achieving Business Agility With the Scaled Agile Framework by Knaster & Leffingwell)

The items on the right aremportant to any business, but for Agile purposes, those on the left should be prioritised. The four values are:.

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