Last holiday season, we shared our thoughts on each of the 12 Agile Principles and how important they are to organization-wide success. Everyone knows that Agile is something you are, not merely something you do, but a refresher on what the Agile principles and the underlying values are is always useful, especially when you’re wrapping up one year and looking forward into the next.
Now without further ado, the 12 Days of Agile Principles, all in one!
The 12 Agile Principles are:
- Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
- Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.
- Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
- Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
- Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
- The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
- Working software is the primary measure of progress.
- Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
- Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
- Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
- The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
- At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
It’s also worth pointing out that, while the Agile Manifesto and the Agile Principles were penned with software delivery in mind, the Agile mindset collectively has been extremely beneficial in a wider business context than simply just software.