The Twelve Principles are the guiding principles for the methodologies that are included under the title “The Agile Movement.” They describe a culture in which change is welcome, and the customer is the focus of the work. They also demonstrate the movement’s intent as described by Alistair Cockburn, one of the signatories to the Agile Manifesto, which is to bring development into alignment with business needs.

The Agile Manifesto is at the core of the Agile Movement. Application for Agile outside of software development has even been found, with its emphasis on lean manufacturing and collaboration and communication, and quick development of smaller sets of features under the guidance of an overall plan. The key to its success is that, it is always Agile and able to adapt to change. We will discuss the four values and twelve principles that lead to higher-quality software delivered to satisfied customers on a continuous basis.


Customer satisfaction through early and continuous software delivery 

Customers are happier when they receive working software at regular intervals, rather than waiting extended periods of time between releases.


Accommodate changing requirements throughout the development process

The ability to avoid delays when a requirement or feature request changes.


Frequent delivery of working software

Scrum accommodates this principle since the team operates in software sprints or iterations that ensure regular delivery of working software.


Collaboration between the business stakeholders and developers throughout the project

Better decisions are made when the business and technical team are aligned.


Support, trust, and motivate the people involved

Motivated teams are more likely to deliver their best work than unhappy teams.


Enable face-to-face interactions

Communication is more successful when development teams are co-located.


Working software is the primary measure of progress

Delivering functional software to the customer is the ultimate factor that measures progress.


Agile processes to support a consistent development pace 

eams establish a repeatable and maintainable speed at which they can deliver working software, and they repeat it with each release.


Attention to technical detail and design enhances agility

The right skills and good design ensures the team can maintain the pace, constantly improve the product, and sustain change.



Communication is more successful when development teams are co-located.


Self-organizing teams encourage great architectures, requirements, and designs

Skilled and motivated team members who have decision-making power, take ownership, communicate regularly with other team members, and share ideas that deliver quality products.


Regular reflections on how to become more effective 

Self-improvement, process improvement, advancing skills, and techniques help team members work more efficiently.

The intention of Agile is to align development with business needs, and the success of Agile is apparent. Agile projects are customer focused and encourage customer guidance and participation. As a result, Agile has grown to be an overarching view of software development throughout the software industry and an industry all by itself.


Smartsheet is a spreadsheet-inspired task and project management tool with powerful collaboration and communication features that are crucial for Agile project management. You can make real-time updates and alert your team about the new changes, and share your plan with internal and external stakeholders to increase transparency and keep everyone on the same page.

Since Smartsheet is cloud-based you can track project requirements, access documents, create timelines, and send alerts from virtually anywhere. Choose from broad range of smart views – Grid, Calendar, Gantt, Dashboards – to manage projects the way you want. Plus, with our newest view, Card View, teams have a more visual way to work, communicate, and collaborate in Smartsheet. Card View enables you to focus attention with rich cards, give perspective with flexible views, and prioritize and adjust work more visually. Act on tasks and change status of work by dragging and dropping cards through lanes to immediately share decisions with the entire team.

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