Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about the Agile Manifesto.

The Agile Manifesto describes the fundamental values upon which every Agile framework rests. In this brief video, you’ll learn what the full Agile Manifesto is, along with a little history of how it was created.

Click “Continue reading” below for a transcript.

Hi, my name is Chris Gagné and I am an Agile Coach. Today, I will talk about the Agile Manifesto.

The Agile Manifesto was written in early 2001. A group of seventeen very opinionated experts specializing in XP, Scrum, DSDM, and several other frameworks got together for a weekend working session at a beautiful ski lodge. While they didn’t agree on much, they did come to agreement on this manifesto.

It describes the fundamental values upon which the principles and practices of Agile rest. If you are effectively delivering software in total harmony with these values and the principles, you are Agile.

So what’s the manifesto? It’s almost poetic and goes like this.

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.

Keep these values and the Agile principles in mind as you inspect and adapt how your team works together. Good luck and have fun!