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May 31, 2019

This week, Dan Neumann is excited to bring on an agile Thoughtleader from the Wemanity Group, a Chair-Elect of the Agile Consortium International, and co-author of The Agile Manifesto on today — Arie van Bennekum. Arie is incredibly passionate about agility. Originally, Arie came from a very traditional environment as a developer and technical designer, but later switched to RAD and DSDM and then got involved with communities and began publishing, training, and coaching. Now, as a Thoughtleader with the Wemanity group, Arie focuses on helping individuals and organizations adopt the agile approach.


Today, he and Dan will be discussing common misconceptions and interpretations of The Agile Manifesto. They discuss the context in which The Agile Manifesto was first authored, how to transform from a traditional company to a more agile one, important aspects of using the agile method, some fun additional facts about the creation of The Agile Manifesto, challenges around business value, Agnostic Agile, important pieces that are often forgotten when moving to an agile method, and much more.


Key Takeaways

Facts about The Agile Manifesto:

Authored at the Lightweight Methods Conference in 2001

It’s a distillation of values and principles behind several lightweight methods that were in use at the time

Important aspects of using the agile method:

Agility is a way to avoid waste

Experimentation is at the heart of agility

Do Scrum by the values and not just by the rules

Empowerment of the team and great communication

A hunger for learning is key

“Perfection is not a state; perfection is an ambition” (you are constantly moving forward with agile)

Intentionally practice the basics and make it a natural part of work

Tooling is continuously changing in agile, so keep up that hunger

Don’t become complacent or sloppy with how you do the discipline

Implement improvement after retrospectives


Face-to-face communication is the best way to convey information

Alignment on how the team works and great team structure

And of course: the four values and 12 principles of The Agile Manifesto

What is Agnostic Agile?

Being agnostic with agility (i.e. one size does not fit all, one framework is not the answer, etc.)

Don’t be dogmatic

Keep up with all learning

Explore all the agile practices and methods


Mentioned in this Episode:

Arie van Bennekum (LinkedIn)

Wemanity Group

The Agile Manifesto

Agile Business Consortium

Agnostic Agile

Crystal Methods

Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)

Rapid Application Development (RAD)

James Grenning

Ward Cunningham

Winston Churchill

The Four Values and 12 Principles of The Agile Manifesto

Agile Coaches’ Corner Ep. Ep. 26: “How an Effective Leader Coaches with Joseph Carella”


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