Agile values and principles are the core foundation by which Agile organizations operate and make decisions. Everything we do is based in these. With that being said, viewing every principle through a holistic perspective is absolutely necessary. Every word in the principles we live by has value and impact. So, when we reduce a principle to a three word summary, I believe we do ourselves a disservice. This practice often results in focusing on part of the principle without the balance of the other side. Through this oversight, we inadvertently create environments where there is unbalance that leaves people frustrated and confused. They begin to believe that Agile is the problem. But, the real problem is our failure completely embrace the Agile values and principles and settle for anti-patterns instead.
Today, I’d like to take a deeper look into Agile Principle #8 which states: Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.