What is the Agile Manifesto?

The Agile Manifesto was written in 2001 by seventeen independent-minded software practitioners. While the participants didn’t often agree, they did find consensus around four core values.

The Agile Manifesto

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

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.

© 2001-2023 Agile Manifesto Authors

This declaration may be freely copied in any form, but only in its entirety through this notice. Want to learn more? Read the history of how the Agile Manifesto came to be. You can find translations of the Agile Manifesto in multiple languages here.

Read the 12 Principles behind the Agile Manifesto.

The Authors

Kent Beck
Mike Beedle
Arie van Bennekum
Alistair Cockburn
Ward Cunningham
Martin Fowler
Robert C. Martin
Steve Mellor
Dave Thomas
James Grenning
Jim Highsmith
Andrew Hunt
Ron Jeffries
Jon Kern
Brian Marick
Ken Schwaber
Jeff Sutherland

Click to learn more about the authors of the Agile Manifesto.

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