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Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 by in Agile & Lean | 3 comments

The 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto are less known than the Manifesto but even more meaningful.



Cover of Skills for successful Product Owners This 1-pager is part of “Skills for successful Product Owners” and “Agile & Scrum


The content of the PDF is roughly (without the nice graphics):

Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

  1. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software
  2. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage
  3. Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale
  4. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project
  5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done
  6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation
  7. Working software is the primary measure of progress
  8. Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely
  9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility
  10. Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done – is essential
  11. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams
  12. At regular intervals, the team reflects on howto become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly


  1. Nice. I think I’ll print it at the office tomorrow.
    Always good to have a reminder.

    Also, there is a small typo @12: adjustsits. Almost 🙂

    • Hi clement!

      Thanks for pointing the typo out! I’ve fixed it now 🙂

  2. Hej Clement, thanks for your feedback. Great that you liked it, please let us know how your office receives the 1-pager =)

    And thanks for mentioning the typo, we will correct that (next week, most likely).


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