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Understanding the Success of the Agile Manifesto (Part 1)

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I have lately been thinking about how a Manifesto could benefit the Citizen Development community in a similar manner to how it benefitted the Agile community at the start of this Century.

To better my knowledge of how to translate the successful factors of the Agile mindset to Citizen Development I will release a series of blog posts and polls where I ask you for your opinion. This is the first post in that series.

What made the Agile Alliance’s meeting a success?

The story behind the Agile Manifesto is well known. A group of seventeen people (“ The Agile Alliance”) met in a lodge in Utah and worked for two days on the principles, values and beliefs that would become the Agile Manifesto. The group included representatives from Extreme Programming, SCRUM, DSDM, Adaptive Software Development, Crystal, Feature-Driven Development and Pragmatic Programming.

Given the legacy of Agile and everything that has been borne out of the mindset that was made formal with that meeting I think it is fair to say that the meeting was a success but how can this success be explained and what do you think were the key ingredients to the Agile Alliance’s success in designing a Manifesto that is still relevant today? Please share your opinion in this discussion thread. 

Lessons from the 2001 Agile Manifesto

On December 7, 2020, I issued a poll where I asked you if you still believed that the principles of the 2001 Agile Manifesto still are relevant. 61% of you still believed that it was.

With that said, some of you pointed out that certain principles were showing their age. The most clear example of an aged principle being: “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation”.

Several respondents also called out the importance not to confuse the Agile mindset with the methodologies and procedures born out of that very mindset and that the principles as a statement of intent and purpose still provided a strong foundation for all forms of Agile.

Finally, it was highlighted that nothing in the twelve principles was radical and new at the time the Manifesto was designed back in 2001 but that it was beneficial to have good ways of working formalized.

While most of you still believe that the principles of the Agile Manifesto stands the test of time – would they still have benefitted from being able to be amended? Please provide your opinion in the poll that can be found here.


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Jelili Odunayo Kazeem Co-Founder| Convosync Solutions Limited Enugu, En, Nigeria
The world is changing, Agile manifesto has delivered some flexibilities, it has its own disadvantages too, a better ammendment to manage it disadvantages would be a welcome development and better for all.

Eduin Fernando Valdes Alvarado Project Manager| F y F Fabricamos Futuro Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia
Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

Oswaldo Herrera Project Manager| GE Corregidora, Queretaro, Mexico
Interesting for uncertain and volatile times.

Mohammed Derbashi Saudi Arabia
Agile values and principles helped a lot in preparing for the pandemic the world went through last year; it is the main driver for remote work specially in the software industry. However, after 20 years, a revision for the manifesto would be a good idea. Nowadays we see sectors other than Software working to be Agile, that for sure will require to have that revision.

Duangjit Jetchavalit Cost Engineer| THAI NIPPON STEEL ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION CORP., LTD. Bangkok, 10, Thailand
There is no one size fits all. But I still believed that the principles of the 2001 Agile Manifesto still are relevant until today. We just need to tailor them to match our project environment. What work well for our project does matter.

Derek Thornton Senior Planner| Freyssinet Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Thank you interesting topic that definitely needs to be discussed more. Times are constantly changing and with that the way we deliver projects and client expectations.

Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani Manager, Quality and Continuous Improvement| Hörmann-TNR Industrial Doors Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Interesting. Thanks for sharing

Jelili Odunayo Kazeem Co-Founder| Convosync Solutions Limited Enugu, En, Nigeria
The world is changing. The Agile manifesto has delivered some flexibility but it has its disadvantages too. A better amendment to manage its disadvantages would be a welcome development for all. A framework that is not evolving will not fit this rapidly changing business environment.

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