The Fascinating World of Agile Manifestos: 18 and counting
The Agile Manifesto originally written in 2001, continues to spawn and inspire variants. Here we take a brief look at some of them.
Agile Manifesto was written in 2001 and has been hugely popular and influential. It has revolutionised the world of business and spawned not just a very passionate global agile community but also a lot more manifestos.
These passionate agilists are not satisfied with one Manifesto, and they want more, so we have variations on the agile Manifesto coming every now and then. I was curious about them and so decided to document the ones I was aware of and came across in my work.
I broadly put them in 3 buckets:
The Good ones — Serious attempts at solving a real business problem, well-articulated and trying to build a community around the concept.
The Funny Ones — Satirical and humorous. They tickle our funny bones
Worth a mention — These are a bit less interesting, at least to me, often written as part of blogs. However, who knows, maybe you will find them useful for your context.
(If you want to see a quick list, just scroll to the end of article)
THE GOOD ONES
1. Manifesto for Agile Software Development
Often referred to as “The Agile Manifesto”, the manifesto for agile software development is the mother of all agile manifestos — the one that started it all. While originally written for software development, it has resonated with lot of audiences. beyond software development as well.
2. The Testing Manifesto
As the authors mention, The Testing Manifesto is “a quick summary of the mindset you should adopt when thinking about agile testing”.
The Testing Manifesto - Growing Agile
This book includes a collection of workshops to help teams grasp these principles and adopt an agile testing mindset…
3. Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship
As the name suggests, the manifesto for software craftsmanship is about software development excellence and views software development as a craft and not just another activity you may do.
4. Manifesto for Agile HR Development
The manifesto for Agile HR Development claims to focus on developing an engaging workplace culture. They use the same approach and format as the manifesto for agile software development and have a set of principles defined too.
Agile HR Manifesto
agileHRmanifesto.org Collaborative networks over hierarchical structures. Transparency over secrecy. Adaptability over…
5. Agile Contract Manifesto
As stated on the website of the Agile Contract Manifesto, “The Manifesto aims to highlight the core identity of any agile contract by defining a set of values and principles. It is based on the ethos that a contract must serve execution/delivery, not the other way round. At large, it’s a reflection on what it means to be an agile vendor and an agile customer.”
This one has a set of principles defined too. Read them on the manifesto website.
6. Agile 2 — The Next Iteration of Agile
This is an interesting one. This is not an extension to the original manifesto, but a replacement. As per the creators, “The Agile experiment was only a partial success: Agile now needs to pivot!”
So they have create a next iteration of Agile, The Agile 2. I found some good elements and intent but it is super heavy which weighs it down.
"It is good to see a fresh look into the Agile ways of working which to me seems more adaptive and inclusive now....I…
Agile 2 also has a set of principles defined. You can read more on the values and principles at their website.
THE FUNNY ONES
7. Manifesto for Half-Arsed Agile Software Development
This has been a personal favourite for quite a while. A beautiful take on the “ground reality” in agile software development at many enterprises.
Manifesto for Half-Arsed Agile Software Development
We have heard about new ways of developing software by paying consultants and reading Gartner reports.
8. Manifesto for Cowboy Software Development
This ones is really hilarious. Though I must say, Brandon Pearman who built this one forgot to wear the cowboy hat !!
Manifesto for Agile Software Development
Cowboys are uncovering worse ways of developing software by taking the fast and easy route. These are the cowboys'…
WORTH A MENTION
9. The Agile PeopleOps Framework™ Manifesto
The Agile Manifesto for PeopleOps (or Agile PeopleOps Framework™ Manifesto) aims to “uncover better ways of developing an engaging and enriched people experience by practising it and helping others practice it”. The manifesto is based on the basic premise that teams need something more people-centred than the original manifesto
10. Agile Marketing Manifesto
Targeted towards the marketing community, the agile marketing manifesto aims to help keep up with the speed and complexity of marketing today. It also has a set of principles defined that go along with the values listed below.
11. The Agile Service Manifesto
The need for an Agile Service Manifesto arises as stated in their website because “the manifesto [original manifesto] as it stands doesn’t always fit how service organisations approach Agile”. The manifesto is characterised by a set of 5 values and 5 principles.
The Agile Service Manifesto
Since 2001, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development has led the way in underpinning the delivery of Agile. In…
12. Business Agility Manifesto — Building for Change
This is a bit of a complex one and deviates from the “popular” format of the agile manifesto. It has a prime directive — All initiatives must demonstrably align with the Management Imperatives. It even has a conceptual diagram. Frankly, it is a bit too complicated for me.
13. Manifesto for Sustainable Agile
The Manifesto for Sustainable Agile is originally conceived & crafted by Sandeep Joshi and he is working to grow a community around it to make sustainability a mainstream endeavour.
Sustainable Agile Manifesto — Sustainable Agile Community
Sustainable Agile Manifesto Previous Next The manifesto is a guiding light for individuals, teams, leaders, and…
A few more mentions
The following are less serious attempts at a manifesto, publishing a blog versus setting up a website and enrolling other people, however still found them noteworthy to mention.
Jonathan Smart talks about the Agile Manifesto Values add on for large enterprises in his medium post. (Manifesto 14)
Agile Manifesto Values add on for large enterprises
The Agile Manifesto was written in 2001 by a group of software thought leaders. It articulates a common set of beliefs…
Brad Grissom provides a perspective on Agile Business Continuity planning with a manifesto on his blog (Manifesto 15)
Manifesto for Agile Business Continuity Planning
The Manifesto for Agile Software Development was the central contributor to a new movement in how software gets created…
David Pereira talks about the need for an Agile Product Manifesto in this blog (Manifesto 16)
Agile Manifesto Is Long Gone! We Need a Product Manifesto! - David Pereira
In February 2001, the Agile Manifesto was born because building working software was a nightmare for many companies…
Given the popularity of Scrum, I had expected this to be more popular, but it isn’t. Still enjoy the Scrum Manifesto (Manifesto 17)
There are only a few minor changes to the original manifesto, but yes we have an Agile Recruiting Manifesto as well (Manifesto 18). In this one, I found the principles far more interesting than the take on the values.
That brings us to the end of my discoveries of the Agile Manifestos. If there are more, feel free to leave a comment so I can include them.
Here’s the complete list again for your easy reference
- Manifesto for Agile Software Development
- The Testing Manifesto
- Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship
- Manifesto for Agile HR Development
- Agile Contract Manifesto
- Agile 2 — The Next Iteration of Agile
- Manifesto for Half Arsed Agile Software Development
- Manifesto for Cowboy Software Development
- Agile PeopleOps Framework™ Manifesto
- Agile Marketing Manifesto
- Agile Service Manifesto
- Business Agility Manifesto
- Manifesto for Sustainable Agile
- Manifesto for Agile Business Continuity Planning
- Agile Manifesto Values add on for large enterprises
- Agile Product Manifesto
- Scrum Manifesto
- Agile Recruiting Manifesto