• Linda Groarke

When and Where was the term Agile coined?

Agile got its name, if you like, in 2001 when a group of 17 software practitioners from a variety of backgrounds got together in a ski lodge in Utah, USA and formed the "Agile Alliance" whilst crafting the Agile Manifesto.


However, if you talk with anyone involved in software development before 2001, they will likely tell you that they were already using elements Agile. It just hadn't been given a name / formalised.


The Agile Manifesto has stood the test of time as the 4 values that were written then are still upheld by any method that supports them today.


"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.”



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