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Not just the Agile Manifesto – there is also one on Craftsmanship

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/08/13

Today it’s 17.5 years ago the gathering leading up to the Agile Manifesto ended.

It’s a great description on the way you want to develop software:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

I found out that I’ve been trying to that for my whole career – even before I knew about the Agile Manifesto – despite my actual nature being a bit on the autistic side that makes the “human” thing a bit harder for me, but not impossible.

In my day to day work, I try to encourage people to develop in the same way and to also broaden their perspective.

So while writing this, I remembered that doing so (both developing and encouraging) isn’t always easy and requires a lot of craftsmanship. This then reminded me of another manifesto I had seen a while ago, but had forgotten about.

After some digging, I found it back: the “Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship” from 2009 which is subtitled “Raising the bar”

Later I even found back who referred me to it: [WayBack] Great companion to the Agile ManifestoManifesto for Software Craftsmanship – Marjan Venema – Google+

I like it because it defines Craftsmanship as an enhancement of Agile by going a level deeper on all the points of the Agile Manifesto:

  • Not only working software,
    but also well-crafted software
  • Not only responding to change,
    but also steadily adding value
  • Not only individuals and interactions,
    but also a community of professionals
  • Not only customer collaboration,
    but also productive partnerships



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