Business Agility: Values and Principles

Scott Ambler has re-worked the Agile manifesto to be less geeky…

Values of the Agile Manifesto

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working solutions over comprehensive documentation
  3. Stakeholder collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. 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.

Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

  1. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable solutions.
  2. Welcome changing requirements, even late in the solution delivery lifecycle. Agile processes harness change for the stakeholder’s competitive advantage.
  3. Deliver working solutions frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  4. Stakeholders and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
  5. Build projects around motivated individuals.  Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a delivery team is face-to-face conversation.
  7. Quantified business value is the primary measure of progress.
  8. Agile processes promote sustainable development.  The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
  9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
  10. Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.
  11. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  12. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
  13. Leverage and evolve the assets within your organizational ecosystem, and collaborate with the people responsible for those assets to do so.
  14. Visualize workflow to help achieve a smooth flow of delivery while keeping work in progress to a minimum.
  15. The organizational ecosystem must evolve to reflect and enhance the efforts of agile teams, yet be sufficiently flexible to still support non-agile or hybrid teams.
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