The Agile Service Project is a volunteer-driven initiative to take an Agile approach to delivering valuable results to worthwhile causes in our community. While there are many Agile methods – OpenAgile, Scrum, XP, Lean, TDD, DSDM, FDD, AgileUP, and more – we view Agile as a mindset and way of working.  Because many of us come from a background in software development, we are familiar with the Principles behind the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. We are inspired by this innovative perspective, and the Agile Service Project intends to uncover better ways of delivering value to society “by doing it and helping others do it. “

Principles of the Agile Service Project:

Our highest priority is to satisfy the stakeholder through early and continuous delivery of valuable results.

Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for societal benefit.

Deliver results frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

Value deliverers and stakeholders must work together daily throughout the project.

Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a value delivery team is face-to-face conversation.

Stakeholder value is the primary measure of progress.

Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.

Continuous attention to learning enhances agility.

Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.

The best processes emerge from self-organizing teams.

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.