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September 8, 2010

We have come to Value…

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You may be familiar with the following:

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 of the left more.

(http://www.agilemanifesto.org/)

Of course, there is also another version, tuned for particular environments and circumstances.

But this post is not about the half arsed version, it is however as serious. There is a risk that the real manifesto might be understood properly, and yet, without the intended results.

Why is that? In my experience and with insight, I think one of the issue companies face when trying to live by the manifesto is to find the right balance between the items on the left.

It is not that easy to shift a culture that may be residing all on the right of the manifesto. It happens in steps. And sometimes, additional effort may be spent on one of these values, more than the others. What you get when that happens is not a successful Agile implementation, it is rather an imbalanced organisation, where some practices can be seen “good” as long as they allow us to move toward the value we value more.

So ask yourself the following:

What company would you get if they valued:

Individuals and interaction over working software, customer collaboration and responding to change.

Working software over individuals and interactions, customer collaboration and responding to change.

Customer collaboration over individuals and interactions, working software and responding to change.

And finally, responding to change over individuals and interactions, working software and customer collaboration.

?

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