Manifesto for Agile Software Development (Agile Manifesto)

Martin Fowler:

„In February 2001 a group of seventeen software pundits got together in Snowbird UT to discuss the growing field of what used to be called lightweight methods. We decide to use the term agile to describe this new breed of agile methods. We also wrote the Manifesto for Agile Software Development , setting out the values and principles of these agile processes. I was one of these self-elected visionaries and have since come across many questions about this group’s origins and the subsequent founding of the agile alliance. This is my recollection of those events.“



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

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. 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.

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


Translation into German:

  1. Individuen und Interaktionen gelten mehr als Prozesse und Tools.
  2. Funktionierende Programme gelten mehr als ausführliche Dokumentation.
  3. Die stetige Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kunden steht über Verträgen.
  4. Der Mut und die Offenheit für Änderungen steht über dem Befolgen eines festgelegten Plans.

HERE you find an excellente knowledge library on agile software development.

Outcomes over Features – the fifth agile value?

Also see Project Management 2.0 on this blog.

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