The Preconditions of Starting the First Sprint

Everyone talks about agility

Agility is a way of behaving, a philosophy that supports maximising the value of the  created product, accepting and even exploiting changes while being in the workflow. But agility is not a panacea. It requires the right knowledge, practice and commitment to implement and operate it.

Most people consider the Agile Manifesto to be the foundation of agility. The Agile Manifesto was created in 2001 by 17 experts, most of them software developers. The software development background is reflected in the Manifesto’s original full name: Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Yet the name Agile Manifesto has become common in the agile world. The reason for this is very simple. The principles laid down in the Manifesto can be successfully applied not only in software development, but in many other fields as well. Reading the Manifesto gives an insight view into the essence of agility and the agile approach.

There are several frameworks for introducing and implementing agility. By far the most popular and most successfully used is the Scrum framework, which was created by two specialists, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, to develop complex products in a sustainable way. A description of the framework and the way of its application is available in several languages and can be downloaded from the Scrum Guides website since 2010.

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