The Agile Manifesto emerged from a meeting of 17 Software Development experts over a long weekend in February 2001, at The Lodge at Snowbird ski resort in Utah.
Attendees came looking for an alternative to document-driven software development and represented various development practices such as Extreme Programming, SCRUM, DSDM, Adaptive Software Development, Crystal, Feature-Driven Development, and Pragmatic Programming.
What emerged from the weekend was the Manifesto for Agile Software Development—signed by all participants and they named themselves “The Agile Alliance”.
|Individuals & interactions||over||Processes & tools|
|Working Software||over||Comprehensive Documentation|
|Customer collaboration||over||Contract Negotiation|
|Responding to Change||over||Following a Plan|
The Manifesto offered some key concepts, but there was a deeper theme. At the core, Agile Evangelists are concerned with delivering good products to customers, while ensuring the people working on development work in an environment that supports and values empowerment, openness, collaboration, trust and respect. The manifesto wanted to create places were people would want to work to instil values and culture within those organisations.
While many organisations have adopted the principles and methodologies, very few (traditional, older, and larger) companies have truly adopted the values and principles within their core DNA. Marketing, management, business owners, key stakeholders, designers and developers continue to impose their irrational demands through corporate power structures.
Covid-19’s impact across all economies, business, information, news, finance, health, political education, distribution, travel and social interaction has started to erode the archaic and bureaucratic structures of daily life. There is a new for evolution, to strip away the traditional waste and reengineer our new future.
Agile decrees empowerment for all without bureaucracy, and it’s this type of freedom that scares the traditionalists. Agile is a movement. I’ve been an evangelist and champion of Agile ever since I was first trained as an Agile Scrum Master by Mike Cohn back in 2003.
“We hope that our work together as the Agile Alliance helps others in our profession to think about software development, methodologies, and organizations, in new– more agile – ways. If so, we’ve accomplished our goals.” Jim Highsmith on Amazon