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Agile Manifesto: Principle #5

Updated: Sep 20, 2021




In honour of the 20 year anniversary of the Agile Manifesto, each monthly blog this year will focus on one of the twelve principles.


"Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done."


The key word here is, TRUST.


Twenty years since the manifesto was created, we're still seeing that many organizations do not trust the people they hired to do the job. Instead, they prefer to micromanage, all the while convincing themselves that they're operating in the best interest of the team.


Sometimes the best thing a leader can do to support the team is to simply get out of the way.


Most people want to do a good job. But they can't perform well unless they feel trusted. There needs to be an environment where it's safe to fail. Without that, innovation cannot thrive.


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