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Is Agile Manifesto still meaningful?

The Agile Manifesto: Reflecting on its Continued Significance in Modern Software Development and its Impact on Teamwork, Flexibility and Delivering Value

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The Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto is a set of values and principles that guide the development of software in an iterative and incremental way. It emphasizes individuals and interactions, working software, customer collaboration, and responding to change.

The Agile Manifesto consists of four values and 12 principles, which are summarized in the official site, and it was created at a ski resort in Utah in 2001. A group of 17 software development practitioners, who were disillusioned with the heavyweight processes that were prevalent at the time, came together to discuss and develop a new approach to software development. They spent two days skiing and brainstorming, and the result of their efforts was the Agile Manifesto.

It was originally called the "Agile Software Development Manifesto." However, the words "software development" was later removed from the title to reflect the fact that the principles of Agile can be applied to a wide range of fields beyond just software development.

One of the key ideas behind the Agile Manifesto is the belief that traditional, rigid development processes can be slow and inflexible. The Agile framework instead encourages the use of iterative, incremental development, which allows teams to respond to changes and new information quickly and effectively.

The influence of the Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto has had a significant impact on the way software is developed today. It has inspired a number of different Agile methodologies, such as Scrum and Kanban, which are used by teams around the world, and it shares lots of core principles with the Lean methodology from Toyota.

The Agile Manifesto has been influential since it was first published in 2001, and it continues to be widely adopted by organizations around the world. It is likely that the Agile Manifesto will remain meaningful in 2023 and beyond, as it reflects key principles that are applicable to software development and project management in general.

However, it is important to note that the Agile Manifesto is not a prescriptive framework and it is up to individual organizations and teams to interpret and apply its principles in a way that works best for them. As such, the Agile Manifesto may be modified or supplemented by additional practices and frameworks as needed to meet the specific needs of an organization.


In the last decades, the Agile Manifesto proved to be effective in guiding the development of software in an iterative and incremental way. It is likely to remain meaningful in the years ahead, and even increase this importance because the world keeps going faster, and technologies like AI and no-code/low-code allow technological teams of all companies to expand their skills and find smarter, faster ways to solve their company's problems.

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Go Deeper

Here are some resources you can check if you want to go deeper and learn more about Agile origins, values, and reasons that pushed a group of great developers to originate the movement.



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