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The 12 Commandments of Agile Development

Ruth Stanley

Adapted from the original French article “The 12 Commandments of Agile Development” by Geraldine Charlier.

I came across the 12 Commandments of Agile Development while cleaning out my email box. Taking a second look, I felt that these same Commandments would apply to any quality or improvement initiative; and provide a checklist for project management and/ or execution. As a consummate tinkerer, I couldn’t resist making some changes.

Here are the 12 Commandments

1
Customer-centric:
Satisfying the customer is the highest priority.  Deliver value-added services quickly and regularly.

2
Flexible:
Welcome changes positively, even late in the process.

3
Rapid:
Deliver frequently.

4
Daily:
Meet with your colleagues everyday throughout the life of your project to keep up the momentum.

5
Leader:
Be a Servant Leader.  Surround yourself with innovative people and give them the environment they need to succeed.

6
Face-to-Face:
Face-To-Face is the best way to communicate.

7
Operational:
Pay attention to implementation issues for best results.

8
Rythmic:
Keep a constant flow, no bottle necks.

9
Demanding:
Insist on technical excellence.

10
Simple:
Less is more!

11
Organized:
The clearest concepts, frameworks and specifications come from organized people.

12
Improved:
Analyze and apply lessons learned for continuous improvement.

The 12 Commandments of Agile Development by Geraldine Charlier first appeared in French in DWI Expert.

About the author:

Ruth Stanley

Ruth Stanley is the Chair Elect 2017, Ottawa Valley Section.