1. Introduction to Agile

A sketch of Rafiqi holding up Simba.

In February 2001, a group of 17 software experts gathered in Snowbird, Utah, to talk over the deplorable state of software development. At that time, most software was created using ineffective, heavyweight, high-ritual processes like Waterfall and overstuffed instances of the Rational Unified Process (RUP). The goal of these 17 experts was to create a manifesto that introduced a more effective, lighter-weight, approach.

This was no mean feat. The 17 were people of varied experience and strong divergent opinions. Expecting such a group to come to consensus was a long shot. And yet, against all odds, consensus was reached, ...

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