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Agile principles


The 12 Agile principles have driven the development of many agile methods, approaches and practices since Agile first came to prominence.

You can learn more about how the principles can be applied to the practical management of agile projects by taking an agile project management course.

The Agile principles

The following quotes are taken from The Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

1. Satisfy the customer

“Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.”

2. Welcome change

“Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness agile change for the customers’ competitive advantage.

3. Deliver frequently

“Deliver working software frequently, from a couple weeks to a couple months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.”

4. Work together

“Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.”

5. Trust and support

“Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need and trust them to get the job done.”

6. Face-to-face conversation

The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.”

7. Working Software

“Working software is the primary measure of progress”.

8. Sustainable development

“Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.”

9. Continuous attention

“Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.”

10. Maintain simplicity

“Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.”

11. Self-organizing teams

“The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.”

12. Reflect and adjust

“At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly.”

Agile principles’ infographic

The following infographic details the 12 Agile principles:



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