Antimatter Principle Elaborated

Antimatter Principle Elaborated

Around a year ago I wrote a post with the title “Antimatter Evo“. For those who may have found it a little over-long, and for those who prefer lists, I’ve extracted the core Antimatter Principle elements into this briefer post. And I’ve also added a list of related Think Different posts under “Further Reading”.

Twelve Principles for Software Development

The Twelve Principles of Agile Development as seen through the Antimatter Principle lens, and its vocabulary:

1. Our highest priority is to continually attend to the needs of everyone that matters.

2. Handle changing needs, and changing membership of the “everyone that matters” community, in ways that meet the needs of the folks that matter.

3. Deliver stuff as often as, and by means that, meets the needs of everyone that matters.

4. Share needs and solutions as often as, and by means that, meets the needs of everyone that matters.

5. Motivate people to the degree that, and by means that, meets the needs of everyone that matters.

6. Facilitate sharing of information, feelings, needs, etc. to the degree that, and by means that, meets the needs of everyone that matters.

7. Choose a primary measure of progress that meets the needs of everyone that matters.

8. Choose a pace that meets the needs of everyone that matters.

9. Agree on attributes of quality, and levels of quality, with respect to the means of the endeavour, that meets the needs of everyone that matters.

10. Spend effort only where it directly attends to some need of someone that matters.

11. Agree on attributes of quality, and levels of quality, with respect to the organisation of the endeavour, that meets the needs of everyone that matters.

12. Pursue improvement, with respect to the means and organisation of the endeavour, that meets the needs of everyone that matters.

Summary

The Antimatter Principle is simplicity itself (just four words) – “Attend to folks’ needs”.

The above list illustrates how the Twelve Principles can be subsumed by just the one.

– Bob

Further Reading

The Antimatter Principle ~ Think Different blog post
A Vocabulary for the Antimatter Principle ~ Think Different blog post
The Folks That Matter™ ~ Think Different blog post
The Needsscape ~ Think Different blog post
Wants, Needs ~ Think Different blog post
How To Connect With Folks’ Needs ~ Think Different blog post
NeedsFlow ~ Think Different blog post
The Agile Path to Quality ~ Think Different blog post

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