Dead Sheepdog: Ethical Dilemmas in Software Development

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Working software over comprehensive documentation. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation. Responding to change over following a plan.”

Beck, K., Beedle, M., et, al.,. Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto. [Online] [Cited: June 6, 2007] http://

What the originators of Agile practices held in common was a set of values they jointly published as the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. The manifesto consists of a preamble and a list of twelve principles.

“At the core, I believe Agile Methodologists are really about !mushy” stuff about delivering good products to customers by operating in an environment that does more than talk about !people as our most important asset” but actually !acts” as if people were the most important, and lose the word !asset”. So in the final analysis, the meteoric rise of interest in and sometimes tremendous criticism of Agile Methodologies is about the mushy stuff of values and culture.” — Jim Highsmith

Highsmith, J., History: The Agile Manifesto. [Online] [Cited: June 6, 2007] history.html.

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