Agile Software Development is, at its core, a system of principles rather than a particular model or paradigm. These ideas, espoused by the members of the Agile Alliance, and documented in the Agile Manifesto have given rise to a number of software development processes that capture the principles of flexibililty, customer interaction, productivity, and individuality. An ever-increasing demand for high quality software products delivered in a relatively short timeframe has created a necessity for flexibility in requirements. As industry has begun to realize the increasing necessity for "agility" in software engineering, many companies have begun experimenting with and adapting these new methodologies to their own processes. In the world of academia, researchers are now seeking collaborators in industry to establish the validity of agile methods as new "best practice" techniques, while some educators have begun instructing students in agile development methods along with traditional software methods. Many interest groups, conferences, and consulting firms have also emerged in support of Agile, fostering the growing support for this new approach to software development.
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