The “thing” called Agile

The “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” catalogs very practical suggestions on how to engineer a software in an effective way. These are like fundamental truths, and I believe these could be extended even beyond software engineering, so much that they could be called Management Principles for Effective Teamwork. In the title of the manifesto, “Agile” is an adjective. It wasn’t called “The Agile Manifesto” or “The Agile Methodologies” where “Agile” becomes a noun. When something becomes a noun, it becomes a commodity — something that could be bought and sold. Rather, it could have been aptly called “The Agility Manifesto” for a terse colloquial version.

“Agile is not what you do. Agility is how you do things.” — Dave Thomas

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