The Agile Movement was launched in 2001 when seventeen software developers came together to find common language and purpose for a radical new idea.
These developers were challenging the traditional way software was developed, a process that was described as the Waterfall Model .
The Waterfall Model was based on the production process of the industrial economy. This process was called a ‘value chain’ where production was carefully designed with precisely defined sequential steps. Workers were trained by their managers to consistently follow these steps. This ‘command and control’ management model was designed to maximize efficiency.
But software developers faced a challenge: this Waterfall Model was not flexible enough to handle the complexity of software development, where needs and tools sets were dynamic and continually evolving. As a result, there was a palpable frustration that demanded bold action.
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