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Agile Methodologies

The Agile Manifesto establishes the 12 core principles and values of Agile. AgilePM®, and the DSDM Project Framework it is based upon, take these as their basis. They are:

The Four Values:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

  • Working software over comprehensive documentation

  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

  • Responding to change over following a plan


The 12 Principles:

  • 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 maximising 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 behaviour accordingly