Examining the Agile Manifesto after 18 years- Is it resistant to change?

In the February of 2001, seventeen independent- minded software practitioners got together and developed what we know as the Agile Manifesto. The purpose of the manifesto was to provide guidelines for agile adaptation in organizations seeking better and faster ways to develop software and to serve as the north star for teams, coaches, trainers and change agents seeking to implement the best agile had to offer.

It has since been 18 years and the manifesto remains unchanged. Mainstream agilists and troupers are passionate about the comprehensiveness of the manifesto and believe that it is self-adapting to the needs of today’s software and solution development.

So have things truly ‘changed’? Does the manifesto need a revisiting? Is it time to amend the agile principles and modernize them to today's growing software demands or is the manifesto truly adjusting and inclusive of all change?

Let’s get together and refresh our understanding of the manifesto and the 12 original principles.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Talk about the manifesto and its origins along with the 12 principles
  2. Should we change the manifesto? Is it broken?
  3. Group exercise 1- Take one principal and discuss why it is not working the way it is written?
  4. Adding value to the existing principle- present the suggested update
  5. Pulse check on level of approval
  6. Key takeaways

Learning Outcome

  • Agile implies flexibility. Though the manifesto itself is inclusive, this session is designed to drive individuals to think of what aspects of the manifesto can add value to their current model is made more clearer or defined differently.
    • The session is designed to be interactive and therefore discussions will allow the participants to share their experiences of where the manifesto worked vs where it needed tweaking.
  • To force audience to question and revisit their understanding of the manifesto and if they are truly following the principals
  • The attendees will exit the session with a renewed understanding of the manifesto and ways in which they can use it to solve organizational problems (through the group exercise and discussions)

Target Audience

Anyone working as a change agent with agile teams or at the enterprise level

Prerequisites for Attendees

  • Familiarity with the Agile Manifesto
  • Familiarity with Agile fundamentals
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