An artist grows through their career by experiencing the creative process repeatedly, gaining satisfaction and skill with each attempt. The growth of individuals involved in the creation of software solutions follows a similar pattern.
We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.That’s the manifesto in its entirety – it embodies the spirit of Agile in just 9 lines of text. It’s been my experience that the people involved in creating software, every position from idea to delivery, want one primary thing and that is to see people use the things they create. Like an artist who puts a brush to canvas or songwriter with a pen in hand we’re all working with that one primary goal in mind; getting our work out into the “public” to be seen and appreciated. When you can properly implement an Agile methodology like SCRUM and reach a state of “flow” it’s a magical thing to witness. Teams will self organize and work in a collaborative fashion to solve problems and make important decisions. People are engaged, motivated and excited to come to work every day. There is energy in the air that is difficult to really describe but it’s an energy that makes every goal feel achievable. When the process is working the people within typically have a high level of job satisfaction that results in people who are dedicated to their company and their craft. This satisfaction and dedication generally creates employees with long tenures. When delivering successful projects time & time again, learning more and more about the organization and the industry they serve, people are able to contribute at higher and higher levels thus creating the “circle of satisfaction & excellence”.