The Agile Awards were created to recognise and award the top Agile talent. The event is for today's practitioners and senior leaders who exemplify characteristics of conviction, passion, and courage. It recognises the challenge of adopting the discipline and serves to publicly recognise their efforts.
The Agile Manifesto, developed in February 2001, encapsulates the essence of the practice:
"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."
It is simple, succinct, and easily understood. It represents what Agile is, what it means to practise Agile, and clearly articulates the challenge to adopt the discipline.
The Rise of Agile
Agile development methodologies have been on the rise in the UK since the beginning of the new millennium. Individuals who embrace Agile become passionate about Agile, and commit their careers to spreading the use of sound Agile practices. Organisations that adopt Agile fall in love with methodologies that have the capability of transforming their culture, leading to more market-driven, focused practices.