A Modern Take on Agile Values with “Modern Agile”

Agile was “formalized” in 2001 by 17 individuals that came to the conclusion that traditional approaches (aka waterfall) to deliver software were failing and ineffective. They created the Manifesto for Agile Software Development (aka the Agile Manifesto).

The Agile Manifesto

This manifesto contained 4 values and 12 principles that helped to guide and shape our Agile Frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, and Extreme Programming (XP).

This has been the standard-bearer for 15 years. It is time for a change!

Modern Agile

Recently, Joshua Kerievsky created a movement and fresh new outlook on Agile with the introduction of Modern Agile. From his website:

“Over the past decade, innovative companies, software industry thought leaders and lean/agile pioneers have discovered simpler, sturdier, more streamlined ways to be agile. These modern approaches share a focus on producing exceptional outcomes and growing an outstanding culture. Today, it makes far more sense to bypass antiquated agility in favor of modern approaches.

Modern agile methods are defined by four guiding principles:

  • Make people awesome
  • Make safety a prerequisite
  • Experiment and learn rapidly
  • Deliver value continuously

World famous organizations like Google, Amazon, AirBnB, Etsy and others are living proof of the power of these four principles. However, you don’t need to be a name brand company to leverage modern agile wisdom.”

So, what do you think? Will these 4 new principles (create in 2016) help to galvanize the agile world into a new mindset with greater potential for advancement and learning?

Thanks and enjoy your journey with Agile values and Agile frameworks. Remember, Agile is an approach to get to your goals not the goal in itself!

Paul J. Heidema

Warm regards,

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