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Variation on the Agile Manifesto

Last post 10:01 am July 28, 2015 by David Denham
2 replies
12:59 pm July 19, 2015

Hi everyone,

In my seminars, I introduce the Agile Manifesto with 8 small parts that people have to reassemble in 4 sentences, and then we discuss about their choice. It just help me to check they get the idea behind the 4 values of the Manifesto.
Last friday, a group presents this nice variation :

Instead of :
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation

They end with
Individuals and interactions over comprehensive documentation
(because document is only one way to help people to communicate)
Working software over processes and tools
(because clients don't care how you build the product, they just want it to work !)

I liked very much their point of view and I just want to share their choice with you all :-)

10:02 pm July 19, 2015

You are so lucky having a interesting semimars and feedback like this.

How about "Working software over contract negotiation"?

For customers or users, a working software is most important than anything.

10:01 am July 28, 2015

Hi guys,

My take would be since the A.M. is 14 years old, it probably should be revised a little, given Agile is used beyond the software development domain it was originally conceived:

We are uncovering better ways of <discovering user needs and developing products> by doing it and helping others do it.

Through this work we have come to value:

<Collaboration and communication> over processes and tools
<Usable products which users love> over comprehensive documentation
<Getting real user feedback> over contract negotiation
Responding to change <in a continuous cadence> over following a plan

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