Agile success is to put people over process

Monday, December 21, 2015
posted by daveb

As an industry, we have tried just about every method imaginable to deliver software. For every methodology that claims higher success rates it’s easy to find counter examples where the same methodology has been a failure.

I think what The Manifesto has done well is to point out that the things successful projects have in common are not in their method, but a set of very people-centric values and principles. Basically the underlying message in The Manifesto is that people matter more than process.

We need to stop talking about people as “resources”, and see them as individuals with character, intelligence, and a desire to make a contribution. We need to collaborate, communicate, bring customers and developers together, trust one another, allow experimentation, mistakes and therefore learning to take place. Allow autonomy, mastery and purpose and great things can happen.



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