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An Addendum to the Agile Manifesto?

As Dr. Dobb’s reports, there’s a group of software professionals who have added an addendum of sorts to the Agile Manifesto, which they have dubbed “The Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship.” You can take a look here: http://manifesto.softwarecraftsmanship.org/

Just as the Agile Manifesto identified a set of priorities for a new approach to software development, this manifesto further refines the criteria. As they explain it, software should not only be working, but well-crafted; development should not just respond to change incrementally, but also add value incrementally; individuals and interactions may be privileged, but they need to emerge as a cohesive community; and customer participation is not enough, it needs to result in “productive partnerships.”

I’m sure that devout agilistas would regard this development as consistent with agile’s commitment to inspect and adapt. But are the distinctions made here valuable or do they just amount to semantic quibbles? Personally, I see some of the language as moving closer toward a precise articulation of what the original manifesto sketched out, but, at other times, it seems like splitting hairs. What do you think?