AGILE ESSENTIALS

The 12 Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

Below are the guiding practices that support teams in implementing and executing with agility.

The following 12 Principles are based on the Agile Manifesto.

1

Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through the early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

7

Working software is the primary measure of progress.

2

Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.

8

Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.

3

Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

9

Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.

4

Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.

10

Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.

5

Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

11

The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.

6

The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.

12

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

1

Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through the early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

2

Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.

3

Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

4

Business people 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 development team is face-to-face conversation.

7

Working software 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.

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