Manifesto for Anti-Agile Software Development — Principles

Daniele Davi'
2 min readMay 23

Principles behind the Anti-Agile Manifesto

We follow these principles:

  • Our highest priority is to satisfy ourselves through late and sporadic delivery of mediocre software.
  • Reject changing requirements, yet be late in development. Anti-agile processes resist change until it becomes urgent, for our own convenience.
  • Deliver buggy software rarely, from a couple of quarters to a couple of years, with a preference to the longer timescale.
  • Business people and developers must work separately throughout the project.
  • Build projects around demotivated individuals. Give them the minimum resources and support they need, and micromanage them to keep them busy.
  • The most efficient and effective method of overloading the development team with information, without communicating with them, is via text or recorded message passed from many intermediaries.
  • Working software is irrelevant; obsolete documentation and made up reports are the primary measure of progress.
  • Anti-agile processes promote unsustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and workers should be exhausted by constant pressure and overtime.
  • Ignore technical excellence and good design; they are obstacles to incoordination.
  • Complexity–the art of maximizing the amount of useless effort–is essential.
  • The best architectures, requirements, and decisions are enforced hierarchically top-down by non-experts.
  • At irregular intervals, workgroups blame each other, talk on each other’s back, overreact, argue on how to become effective, then ignore and repeat their behaviour accordingly.

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Manifesto for Anti-Agile Software Development — Values

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