In ancient language, Agilis means “nimble” or “mobile”. Agile methods should therefore help to work quickly and efficiently in fluid processes. In our glossary on agile methodology, key terms are clearly and entertainingly presented. It will be presented in English before not too long…
The term “agile” first appeared in software development. In February 2001, 17 software developers wrote the “Agile Manifesto” at a meeting in Utah, stating four values:
Individuals and interactions rank above processes and tools
Working software is above a comprehensive documentation
Cooperation with the customer is above the contract negotiation
Responding to change is about following a plan
They condensed the values into twelve principles of agile software development, which are not yet a methodology, but anticipate many elements of Scrum. This manifesto may be freely reproduced in any form, but only in its entirety, hence the link here.
It is clear that the concept differs from classic development methodologies (keyword “waterfall”). In the meantime, however, it has gained widespread acceptance, fertilizing development and project management in general, and even attracted attention in the area of production, where it revived “lean” and CIP concepts.