Colin Chapman, the influential automotive designer and founder of Lotus Cars, had an obsession the lightweight. “Simplify, then add lightness,” was his philosophy, making clear the vision of his company and its cars.
The Agile Manifesto, published on February 2001, was the result of 17 software developers discussing lightweight development methods. The idea was to introduce iterative and incremental development to the masses, freeing them from the tyranny of bloated project plans with long, drawn out schedules. Adaptive planning and rapid, flexible responses to change were preferred to the weight of traditional development methods.
Over the years, the evolution of this simple idea had indeed brought lightness. By “subtracting weight” the Agile enterprise enjoys a favorable speed advantage over its counterparts.