The 12 Agile Manifesto Principles Health Check


What is the Agile Manifesto and what are the 12 principles?

The Agile Manifesto is a set of values that aim to guide the way agile teams work. It was authored by 17 independent software practitioners who landed on four core values after considerable deliberation. The 12 Principles then act as guiding practices that support the team in implementing and working with agility.

This health check lets you remind your team about these principles and helps the team reflect on how their daily practice aligns with these principles. From this, it helps to ensure that teams are aligned and have strategies in place that allow the team to be strong, connected and working from the same foundation.

The Agile Manifesto

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Working software over comprehensive documentation

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

The 12 Principles Based on the Agile Manifesto

Each of the following principles represent health dimensions that each team member can respond to. They reflect on the way that they actually work on a day to day basis and then indicate how much they agree or disagree with the principles being applied in the way their team (or themselves) works.

This gives you, the Scrum Master, a way to uncover issues and deal with any impediments and roadblocks as part of the agile transformation journey. It provides data to the team about areas for improvement and allows you to capture both actions and team agreements for change.

How to create a Health Check in TeamRetro

Start Health Check

Your template is ready to go
Under Health Checks, select the health check you’d like to complete. Decide if you want to survey the team anonymously, using aliases or openly.

Invite Participants
Invite your team wherever they are.
Invite by a unique and secure code, email address, share a link, use a QR code or post to your Slack channel. They can use their phone, tablet or PC.
Health Check Survey
Survey the team independently and efficiently
Ask the team to reflect and rate along each dimension from happy to unhappy. You’ll see when everyone has finished. Use the in-built timer to keep things on track.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Reveal and discuss the results

Your health check data is displayed showing the average response and tally of each response. Sort dimensions by most positive, negative or mixed responses to make discussions more meaningful.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Keep conversation on track with Presentation Mode
Switch to presentation mode to sync devices making it easier to facilitate and focus conversations. Capture comments and actions along the way.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Review your action plan
Assign action owners and set due dates for new items and review prior actions. This action list can be tracked, shared or integrated into your other workflow tools.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Share the results
Great work, you are all done! Share the results with your team via email, download and print or publish to tools like Jira, Asana and Trello. Results can be tracked in your dashboard.