Have You Signed The Agile Manifesto Yet?

I was recently reminded of the vast commercialisation of Agile that is burgeoning amongst us.  At a recent keynote one of the first lines spoken sent a shiver down my spine.  Quite useful actually as the room was very hot :)

“Agile is not about software.  It’s about change.” 

All of the founders and legends and most of the good people I have met, who truly believed and understood what Agile was about, can be found lurking as signatories.  Although that’s not to say all signatories are everything to all men, it does generally show they have their heart in it – not just their wallet.  I remember the moment I signed and the commitment I felt at the time – like joining a secret club.

For those of you interested or confused here is the Agile Manifesto once more..

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.
 
Software is the foundation of Agile Software Development – to use the full title.  I will keep my opinons on how software usually results in business change and how Agile often results in organisational change for a later date.  
 
In the meantime I recommend you try looking up YOUR Agile consultant or consultancy to see if they have signed yet…… 

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