Mike’s Dump

August 7, 2008

Agile Manifesto

Filed under: Work — mikesdump @ 9:02 pm

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

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.

I found myself reading the agile manifesto today. I’ve read it before but today I felt the urge to read it again. Under normal circumstances I value the items on the left more than the right. But there have been times in my career where I have worked closer to the right trying to avoid being put in an unwinnable scenario. The sad reality is when this approach is taken you might be able to cover yourself/team but in the end is the customer really happy? In my experience the answer is generally no.

I love the first line in the manifesto. “Individuals and interactions over process and tools”. To me there is an underlying requirement not mentioned which is trust. I believe trust is the single most important ingredient in an agile team. I’ve always realized it was there but it has become clearer recently.

I’m not sure if it is the heat that does it to me or what (currently 32c in our house) but I just realized I blogged about trust last year around this time


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