Agile Manifesto 2.0 – Updates to Come?

Like anything else in the Agile world, we need to continually inspect and adapt to our changing world and Agile software development environments.

Maybe it’s time to take the Agile Manifesto‘s values to heart and apply them directly to the Agile Manifesto.

Call it Agile Manifesto 2.0.

Scott Ambler and Mark Lines have been discussing a re-work of the manifesto to include some of the non-specific nuances outside of software. It seems that the focus is moving more to the human-side of the framework, focusing more on the stakeholders and solutions rather than software-specific.

Interesting revisions as well as a call to the community to give feedback. We wonder whether this needs to be passed through an Agile board before changing the original. Regardless, Scott and Mark are taking a very Agile approach to the Agile Manifesto. There is always room for improvement in any project, maybe it’s time for an Agile framework update V2.0.

What are your thoughts?


16 Responses to “Agile Manifesto 2.0 – Updates to Come?”

  1. Scott Duncan
    November 2, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    This sort of thing gets proposed every few years and folks suggest various possible additional values,etc. Most of what I have seen seems more like explanation/interpretation of what is already there rather than something significantly new being added that was “missing” from the original.

    So I’d have to see what people propose and understand how they think what is proposed is realy a new addition to the Manifesto’s Values and Principles (or modification because some aspect of the Vs and/or Ps have become “outdated”).

    I have yet to see something proposed that I don’t think falls within what is already there as more of an elaboration rather than something significantly new or changed.

    As to “whether this needs to be passed through an Agile board before changing the original,” since the original is copywritten, it would certainly appear changing the original ad hoc without the permission of the copyright holders is both inappropriate and a violation of the copyright.

    • ScoutMaster
      November 2, 2010 at 10:55 am #

      Very true. Thanks for your comment.
      I would agree. It seems that even if we take another crack at it, it’s essentially the same thing. Maybe the core values are core because they were written so well?
      Agreed on your copyright. Amendments anyone?

    • Scott Ambler
      November 3, 2010 at 8:56 am #

      Scott, have you had a chance to take a look at what we actually posted?

      In the original posting we’re clear, I hope, that we’re just making suggestions and that in no way is it meant to be official. There’s value in having coherent discussions on this topic.

      Also, as you’ll see, we’re making suggestions that extend the manifesto in addition to tweaking some of the wording.

      • ScoutMaster
        November 3, 2010 at 8:59 am #

        It definitely adds discussion to the topic. Always good to inspect and adapt!

  2. Scott Duncan
    November 3, 2010 at 9:29 am #


    Wasn’t referring to your’s and Mark’s comments as I have not seen them. The article above does not have a link to them, so I could not find them. I was thinking of things I’ve seen over the past 4-5 years.

    Also, the article talked about changing the actual Manifesto, i.e., as in rewriting part of it: “before changing the original.” That certainly doesn’t sound like what you say you’ve done.

  3. Scott Duncan
    November 3, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Okay thanks…didn’t know what VIA was since there were embedded links in the article to the Manifesto and your site’s main page.

  4. Scott Duncan
    November 4, 2010 at 9:05 am #


    Well, I stand corrected, that is what you’re doing now that I have head the article on the IBM site, i.e., changing the actual text of the Manifesto.

    Since the LinkedIn discussion seems to be generating the most comments, I’m following this topic over there.


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