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Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Dear community, the new year is almost a month old. Probably everyone has now returned to work and everyday life. What does the new year (rest of the year) bring? Well, certainly many changes. Some are exciting and others aren’t exciting 😉

One constant is surely our need for interesting development projects because that’s why we are a developer (among other things): We like to write source code to create something. That can be related to everything: business (implement/improve processes), entertainment (write a game), education (teach students algorithms), science (help finding a way to deal with a disease) and more.

Somehow I came up with the “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” while thinking about being a developer in these days. I don’t remember when I read it for the first time in my life, but I thought “wow”, someone summed it up appropriately. At least in my humble opinion.

The subscribers to the manifesto are well-known software development specialists (“Uncle Bob” was also there). So I had the feeling that my “humble opinion” is not completely wrong 😉 After years of work and experience, I would say something like “That’s completely true.”.

In any case, I thought that the content can be recalled at the beginning of a year. Somehow it’s motivating. I hope you feel the same way. Here is the content.

“We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:

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

That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more.

Here is the link to the manifesto in English and German. In this context, the principles behind the Agile Manifesto are also interesting. My alltime favorite is: “Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done – is essential.” Here is a more SAP related blog on this topic.

Reading and knowing something is one thing, working or living according to it is quite something else. In this sense, challenge also accepted in the new year. The journey continues 🙂 Before I forget: if you want to join the journey, do it. I guess that another thousand to a few million developers are also on this journey. Nice company, will not be boring 😉


Best regards, thanks for reading and have a great time!


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