3 Seminal Documents of Agile

I often get asked about what a person should read to bring themselves up to speed with the basics of Agile, and how to implement it.

Here’s a copy of once such reply I provided today, I thought I would make a post so other’s can start their Agile journey as well.

Hi my friend – This week is indeed enjoyable!

When I first started my Agile journey, it was suggested to me that I read these three seminal documents:

The New New Product Development Game, 1985.

The original document (before the IT guys invented Scrum) is the 1985 published New New Product Development Game by two Japanese University lecturers Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka. It was published in 1986 and a copy can be found here: The New New Product Development Game

The Scrum Guide, 1985 – 2016.

Then in 1995 Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland under their Scrum Alliance banner published the first versions of the Scrum Guide. After 5 iterations the current version is 2016, and can be found here: The Scrum Guide, 2016

The Agile Manifesto, 2001.

In 2001 a group of IT leaders got together at The Lodge at Snowbird ski resource in Utah and created the Agile ‘Software Development’ Manifesto. The original is here: The Agile Manifesto, 2016

I’ve contextualised the Agile Manifesto for use within non-IT projects here: Non-IT Agile Manifesto here

There are a plethora of other books to read on the subject, however reading the above 3 seminal documents will see you along way on your journey with Agile.

If I can help in anyway, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Best of luck,