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Agile Manifesto is the establishment of the most recent methodologies of project management. This methodology is supported by 12 core principles. Project managers utilise these principles to deliver unprecedented services/products, with both quality and value, while staying within the scope of the given requirements of the project.  What began as an aid for software development has now transformed into a widely recognised and applied way of thinking for managing projects. Today, agile methodologies are applied by software development teams as well as by pretty much all higher management in business.  The 12 principles are the core values for the systems that are developed under the idea of the "Agile Movement". They depict a culture wherein change is gladly accepted, and the client is the center of the project. They additionally demonstrate the development's objective as expressed by Alistair Cockburn, one of the visionaries of the Agile Manifesto, which is to bring software development on the same page with business needs. In this blog post, we take a closer look at these principles and discuss what each one of these signifies.

12 Principles of Agile Methodology

  • Satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery
If we take too long to develop and deliver the final product, it will surely not satisfy the client. This is considerably more important now than it was in earlier times of software development. Customers are using more software for a wide range of assignments. Furthermore, they are used to having consistent updates. So when they ask us for any changes, they do not want to wait for a long time before seeing them.
  • Welcome changing requirements, even late in development
In today’s market, change is constant. Past methodologies to deal with changing requirements were evolving backward. Detailed, well-written documents were made before development started and were fixed for life paying little attention to new discoveries. Agile principles support evolving markets, client needs, cutthroat competition, and shifting direction when needed. 
  • Deliver working software frequently
This principle became essential because of the broad measures of documentation that were important for the planning in software development. Coherently, by acknowledging it, you will decrease the time for which you are planning and invest more energy dealing with your projects. At the end of the day, your team will actually want to move in a more agile manner.
  • Business people and developers work together daily
Agile emphasises that partners, clients, and engineers work as one to accomplish project objectives. This reduces the risks involved in project development, by focusing on correspondence and collaboration. Also, the more intently management is associated with the process, the simpler it is for them to identify the challenges faced by engineers and the implications of changes made to the development. 
  • Build projects around motivated individuals
An agile team is a group that is experienced and dependable enough to create quality software. This requires a specific amount of trust. In any case, if you can't confide in your engineers, they shouldn’t be involved in the project. With the right guidance, environment, and tools, motivated engineers will feel empowered to deliver a high quality project.
  • Convey information via face-to-face conversation
Face-to-face conversations are one of the best methods of correspondence. You get a clear idea of what the other person is feeling about a specific task or feature. Yet, this standard doesn't propose that all colleagues must participate in face-to-face communication all the time. Rather it refers to the way that individuals should be motivated to set up direct correspondence channels and further transparency. 
  • Working software is the primary measure of progress
When you focus on following the plan, you can easily get caught up with updating the documentation - taking concentration off the goal of the project. But when you make the software the essential measure of progress, you elevate it to the focal point of the project. Never miss the actual mark!
  • Maintain a constant pace indefinitely
Project teams feel the significant drawback of burnout when they work on a project for a long period of time and this is unfortunately a common issue in software projects. To avoid this, Agile recommends the work to be done in sprints as a heavy workload can be inconvenient and can impact the motivation of the project. Senior project people or scrum managers should initially set the right speed for engineers to be more viable.
  • Give continuous attention to technical excellence
Consistent attention to technical excellence and a solid plan upgrades agility. In a software development setting, this principle enables teams to make working software as well as a top-caliber product. Therefore, changes to the code will be more averse to affect bugs and breakdowns negatively. 
  •  Simplicity - the art of maximizing the amount of work not done - is essential.
This rule must be a continuous effort. Agile teams need to perceive that there is consistently an opportunity to get better. Innovation gives us more flexible, simpler methods of getting things done. Project management research helps managers and businesses constantly work on their practices to maximise results while reducing effort.
  •  Teams self-organise
This principle signifies those talented and inspired teams who have a dynamic skill set, take ownership, discuss consistently with other colleagues, and offer ideas that help deliver quality products. At regular intervals, the teams look back at how to be more efficient, then self-organises accordingly. 
  •  Teams retrospect and tune behavior
Reflection on past progress or setbacks and capably changing methods to deal with failure is the thing that makes agile so successful. Doing as such requires communication, feedback, a comprehension of agile strategies, and an environment that empowers both development and learning from failures. No team will perform successfully all the time but a responsible, educated, and capable team can work on itself by taking the right steps to further develop its progress.
Article updated on: 09 August 2023
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Talent Garden, Digital Skills Academy

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