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An Agile environment involves some degree of up-front planning and design, but the method emphasizes the importance of early development. The basic premise is that requirements, designs, and capabilities will evolve as team members gain information during the development process.
The 12 Agile Principles and the manifesto can be simplified into the following:
• Focusing on small, frequent capability releases
• Valuing working software over comprehensive documentation
• Responding rapidly to changes in operations, technology, and budgets
• Actively involving users throughout development to ensure high operational value
“To become Agile, it is not sufficient to just install a handful of new tools, apply some new methods, and rename your milestones to ‘iteration exit.’ Agile will challenge the way your organization is set up, and it will affect the daily work of each individual.” Stober and Hansmann . Agile practices help to make progress and development more transparent, enabling improved decision making by delivering more timely and accurate information. However, Agile is not a panacea: it does not promise to solve all IT and program management problems, and may not be appropriate for use in all cases. Even successful adoption of Agile practices does not guarantee program success, as many variables that affect success lie outside the control of the executive and the team.
Agile practices, processes, and culture often run counter to those in the long-established acquisition enterprise. The Agile model represents a change in the way an organization conducts business, and programs must rethink how they are staffed, organized, and managed, as well as whether the business processes, governance reviews, and funding models that support an acquisition are structured to support Agile.