You know the three big tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and…and the third one. You also know there are 12 apostles of Jesus, right? Can you name all of them? The same phenomenon occurs when committing the 12 Agile Principles to memory. Do you know them all? As an agile leader with over 15 years’ experience working based on the foundation of the 12 Agile Principles, I don’t even know them by heart.
I also think that as Agile and scrum gain more and more traction, we end up supporting most of our decisions on current prescriptions rather than underlying Agile principles. And there is still huge value in the principles.
In September 2021 I joined Programmers’ Week as a Tech Talk presenter. Programmers’ Week is Cognizant Softvision’s largest tech event, which brings together programmers and engineers from around the world. With such a large audience, I felt a gamut of emotions that I could liken to my days at university preparing for an important exam, but with the support of my colleagues and community, I delivered a session that received a great deal of positive feedback.
In my presentation, “Agile 12 Principles: Back to Basics,” my objective was to present the principles using visual aids from some of my mainstream passions, from bicycles to history, music and movies. Also, we dove into how those principles fit into four main categories that are relevant for an Agile team: Company culture, mindset, process and outcome.
Presenting at Programmers’ Week is a memory I cherish and will always remember. And while I may not always remember all 12 Agile Principles in their entirety, at least we’ve got the basics down.