So what is agility, exactly, and where did this whole agile software development movement come from?
In February 2001, seventeen interested persons (including Andy) got together in Snowbird, Utah, to discuss an emerging trend of what was loosely being called lightweight processes.
We had all seen projects fail because of ponderous, artifact-heavy, and results-light processes. It seemed like there should be a better way to look at methodology—a way to focus on the important stuff and de-emphasize the less important stuff that seemed to take up a lot of valuable time with little benefit.
These seventeen folks coined the term agile and published the Agile Manifesto to describe a refocused approach to software development: ...