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Understanding the Success of the Agile Manifesto (Part 2)

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Since my last post I have received great feedback on what made the Agile Manifesto successful as well as what areas that could have been improved.  The area that caught my interest the most was how the 2001 Agile Manifesto lacked a robust change mechanism.

This will also be the topic of today’s post, which I will start off by disclosing the results from a poll issued on January 11, 2021.

It is worth noting that while the opinion seems to be that the Manifesto would have benefitted from a robust change mechanism, the consensus still is that he Agile Manifesto stood the test of time (see my previous blog post). 

Implementing a robust mechanism to manage change

When asked about it, you also brought up some very interesting considerations if such a mechanism was to be implemented:

·       Having controls in place to prevent that the direction takes a turn for the worse

·       Ensuring that someone is there to appropriately manage the change mechanism

·       The possibility to track the history of changes made to the Manifesto

·       Ensuring that changes are infrequent and necessary

Needless to say a great deal of responsibility is associated with managing such change.

The role of the group

Another area that interests me is the composition of the Agile Alliance. Trying to understand what makes a group successful with their objectives is a challenging task and there are universal guidelines meant to indicate what potential a group like the Agile Alliance has with achieving its objectives. These guidelines includes criteria such as diversity (e.g. gender, cognitive, ethnic etc.), independence and to what degree the members are conflicted. What do you think is the most important trait for the members of a group that is creating a Manifesto? If you have a view, please go ahead and answer our poll here.

Posted by Martin Kalliomaki on: February 26, 2021 04:03 AM | Permalink

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Jelili Odunayo Kazeem Co-Founder| Convosync Solutions Limited Enugu, En, Nigeria
In my opinion, "Flexibility" will keep Agile going. Thanks for sharing, Martin.

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Paphatpisit Klinklan Executive Sourcing Manager| Summit Auto Group Bankhai, 21, Thailand
I think Agile process much more suitable than predictive process after covid-19 and its can apply for both software & non-software business. Thanks for your good artical.

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