I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading lately on Agile Software Development and Agile Project Management and have come to the conclusion that the folks that created the Manifesto for Agile Software Development could have just as easily named it the Manifesto for Agile Management (with a few minor changes of course).

If you’ve never read the manifesto, please don’t get put off by the Software Development terminology…it’s definitely worth reading.

The main theme of the manifesto is as follows:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

If you take a second to think about it, this can be rewritten as the Manifesto for Agile Management by changing a few words. After rewording, the manifesto is:

Individuals over processes
Engaged teams
over organizational charts
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

If you were able to run an organization business with the Agile Management Manifesto in mind, I truly believe employees would be excited to come to work and clients would love you. Think about how engaged a person would be if they knew that they had the ability to do their job unencumbered (or at least less encumbered) by formal processes that do but impede their ability to deliver value to the client.

I think the Agile Management Manifesto is a great way to run an organization and/or project team.

There seems to be a lot out there in the blogosphere and internet about Agile Management and Agile Leadership…a few interesting and noteworthy posts on the subject can be found at:

[tags] Agile Management, Agile, Lean, Project Management, Leadership [/tags]