The Agile Manifesto defines the Values and Principles that define Agile:
- 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.
The full text of the Manifesto can be found here.
Several of the gurus who attended the original meeting where the Manifesto was written have posted their own thoughts on the meeting and the events leading up to it:
Also of interest is a Commentary on the Manifesto by Martin Fowler and Jim Highsmith, published in Dr. Dobb’s in August 2001.