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Becoming a signatory to the Agile Manifesto

OK, so you probably already know about the agile manifesto, and the story behind how it came about at the Snowbird ski resort in Utah back in February 2001. If you don’t, read up on the short historical context they included on their website.

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development

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.

Independent Signatories

Did you know, however, that you can also become a signatory to the agile manifesto? It’s easy; all you have to do is visit the ‘I support the agile manifesto‘ page and fill in a few fields. It also gives you space to say why you support it.

Although I had been using agile practices from back in the mid 1990s (before we called them agile), I have finally got around to signing up. Here’s my endorsement:

I am passionate in my support of the Agile Manifesto – for two key reasons:

  1. It is the only proven approach to change that delivers something quickly; allows rapid adaptation; involves the business throughout; and best of all the more it is used the more able organisations are to adapt to change.
  2. It is a vendor-independent (open source) approach that promotes discipline for rapid change (i.e. not cowboy/quick-and-dirty) and is supported by many software development and project management methodologies – including SCRUM, DSDM, Lean, XP, etc.

I am the 6,688th signatory, and it continues to grow every day.

Have you signed up to the agile manifesto? Whether you have or have not, do you support it – and why?

Edit (12/Sep/2013): there are now 14,417 signatories, so it is growing at an even faster rate now.

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