Agile Manifesto

Agile Manifesto 

Introduction 

When the I.T Industry was just picking up in the early 80's, construction project management and manufacturing were in a much advanced state when it came to processes and procedures. Naturally, I.T Projects were influenced by them. Unfortunately the nature of work in I.T projects and Construction projects are totally different. 

For example;

  • In most of the I.T projects, the work start even when the scope is not fully clear
  • Change is easier when compared to construction, as it involves changing some lines of code only
  • Team sizes were relatively smaller when compared to I.T projects 
  • Most of the team members were highly educated 
  • Most of the team members were co-located
  • Even in a distributed environment, communication is easier as most of the team members have access to gadgets which can help them to communicate any time from anywhere
These are some of the factors, that is distinguishing an I.T project from Construction projects. By adopting the best practices in construction project management and manufacturing as it is, had adverse effects on I.T projects. Then a group of thought leaders in I.T drafted the Agile Manifesto, to save the I.T teams from unwanted, non-value adding processes they were forced to follow which were enforced on to them through wrongly interpreted implementations of standards like ISO and CMM. Though these standards allowed for tailoring of the processes, most of the auditors and assessors during those days had their experience in construction projects, and they approached the I.T projects with construction mindset, which was a win-loose situation. That saw the declaration of the 'Agile manifesto'. 

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The Agile Manifesto 

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.



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