A small incremental improvement!  An Agile Manifesto for everyone

In being agile we value..

  •  individuals and interactions over   processes and tools
  •  working solutions over   comprehensive documentation
  •  customer collaboration over   contract negotiation
  •  responding to change over   following a plan

Equally the 12 principles can be updated in this way to, giving us :

  • Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable solutions.
  • Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.
  • Deliver working solutions frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  • Business people and solution 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.
  • A working solution 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 maximizing 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 behavior accordingly.

It is a simple change the word software to solution, meaning the manifesto works equally well still in technology, and also much more widely.

I have been a keen agile advocate for many years now, and on my journey I have explored, implemented and shared agile across business sectors and disciplines, within digital-tech and outside IT entirely.  I have used it to market and grow a conference, write a book, start a tech community and run my own consulting and training business.  I have run EU funded business programmes, educational programmes, and introduced agile working across the private and public sector.  From marketing to museums, from finance to fashion, breweries to geologists.

As part of this journey I have found myself adapting and making small incremental changes to help translate agile beyond tech product development.  One of these adaptations is a small word change to the Agile Manifesto.