The Agile Manifesto is a document written up by a group of 17 developers called the Agile Alliance. It details four key values and 12 principles that software developers should adhere to for their work. It’s important to note that the Agile Manifesto doesn’t prescribe a specific methodology or framework. Instead, it proposes a mindset that software developers should adopt.
Teams were already using agile approaches to development, but the Agile Manifesto was the first documentation of them.
The alliance originally produced the “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” in a ski lodge in February 2001. They proposed that the Agile approach was a more efficient alternative to the traditional way of building software. That traditional approach generally involved developers gathering all the needs of their users. They would then build and release all the software in one go.
The four values and 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto helps teams to achieve the best frame of mind for developing software products. The actual processes and tools used to follow those values are largely determined by each individual developer.
For the Agile Alliance and their Agile Manifesto, the key is to achieve an agile mindset.
These Agile Manifesto values are the four key tenets of the agile frame of mind.
These values govern the approach that software developers should consider.
Here are the four Agile Manifesto values:
For a detailed breakdown of each if the four agile values, click here.
As well as the four Agile Manifesto values, there are 12 principles you need to be aware of. These principles go into a little more detail and expand upon the four values.
Here are the 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto, in order:
For a detailed breakdown of each of the 12 agile principles, click here.
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