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History of Agile

The principles of Agile begin in software development. In the 1990s, traditional methods of development were thought to be failing. Businesses took too long to deliver applications, with the average time from identifying a business need to delivering a working product being estimated at three years. This period was far too long, and requirements and systems would change in that time, meaning the end result would no longer be suitable for its current environment, even if it met the original objectives for the project.

 

Projects needed a way of working which was timely and responsive. New lightweight development frameworks such as rapid application development, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) and Scrum were devised to meet this need. Although they could be categorised as Agile Software Development methods, the ideas of Agile were not formalised until 2001.

 

In February of that year, seventeen developers met at the Snowbird resort in Utah to discuss their combined experiences and establish the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. The manifesto was based on twelve principles, which addressed response to change and emphasised collaboration with both customers and staff.

The creators of DSDM, DSDM Consortium, developed the method into DSDM Altern in 2007, at which point DSDM and Agile had evolved beyond software development into a more generic approach to project management and solution delivery. AgilePM® was launched in 2010, taking the latest version, The DSDM Agile Project Framework, as a basis and forming a qualification around it.