PM Declaration of Interdependence

The PM Declaration of Interdependence is a set of six management principles initially intended for project managers of Agile Software Development projects. Later on, the name was changed to “The declaration of interdependence for modern management”, as it was realized that the principles might be applicable to other management situations.

After the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was written in 2001, David Anderson, Sanjiv Augustine, Christopher Avery, Alistair Cockburn, Mike Cohn, Doug DeCarlo, Donna Fitzgerald, Jim Highsmith, Ole Jepsen, Lowell Lindstrom, Todd Little, Kent McDonald, Pollyanna Pixton, Preston Smith and Robert Wysocki worked to see what management principles might be required in order to achieve an Agile Mindset in product and project management. In 2005, they published the agile project management “Declaration of Interdependence” . The six principles they felt essential to modern project management (and to much of management in general).

The six principles are:

  • Increase return on investment by making continuous flow of value our focus.
  • Deliver reliable results by engaging customers in frequent interactions and shared ownership.
  • Expect uncertainty and manage for it through iterations, anticipation and adaptation.
  • Unleash creativity and innovation by recognizing that individuals are the ultimate source of value and creating an environment where they can make a difference.
  • Boost performance through group accountability for results and shared responsibility for team effectiveness.
  • Improve effectiveness and reliability through situationally specific strategies, processes and practices.

The title “Declaration of Interdependence” has multiple meanings. It means that project team members are part of an interdependent whole and not a group of unconnected individuals. It means that project teams, their customers, and their stakeholders are also interdependent.

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