The 12 Agile Principles

12 agile principles

The Agile values get mentioned very often and it’s probably impossible to find anyone today in business or technology that never heard of them.

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Working software over comprehensive documentation

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

Responding to change over following a plan

Yet, there are 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto. The purpose of these 12 agile principles is to serve as a guide to support teams in implementing and executing agility. 

I’ve outlined all 12 agile principles below and if you are interested in a deeper dive, just click on the principle and you will be taken to its dedicated blog post!

Principle #1: Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

Principle #2: Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.

Principle #3: Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

Principle #4: Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.

Principle #5: Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

Principle #6: The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.

Principle #7: Working software is the primary measure of progress.

Principle #8: Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.

Principle #9: Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.

Principle #10: Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.

Principle #11: The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.

Principle #12: At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.


For easy access or to take the principles with you, I’ve created this graphic, free for you to download!

The 12 Agile Principles - AllThingsAgile