The following introduction to the Agile Manifesto is as it appeared on the Ergo Consulting website.
In our desire to deliver exceptional software solutions, Ergo embraces The Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Although penned in 2001, we can’t put it any clearer than Bob Martin of the Agile Alliance did when reflecting on the history and origins of “The Manifesto”. To paraphrase (and take ownership), Ergo is motivated by a set of values based on trust and respect for each other and promoting organisational models based on people and collaboration. This means that Ergo employs an agile approach to development and delivery of software solutions because we believe that the key to successful solutions is bridging the gap between our clients understanding of their business and the ability of developers to create applications. At their core, Agile methodologies are about values and culture and placing people at the centre of the solutions we develop.
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.
These are further outlined in the following principles:
- Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
- Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.
- Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
- Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
- Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need,and trust them to get tIn our desire to deliver exceptional software solutions to get the job done.
- The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
- Working software is the primary measure of progress.
- Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
- Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
- Simplicity- the art of maximizing the amount of work not done-is essential.
- The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
- At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.