Modern Agile Principle Cards

I often teach Agile to people who have nothing to do with software development, such as leadership teams or organisations that operate entirely outside of the digital world. In this context I only teach the Modern Agile values (read more about the modern agile movement at


I always liked that the traditional agile values are accompanied by a number of principles but found that people outside of software development often have difficulty relating to them.


For those situations I have adapted the 12 agile principles to be relevant outside of software development and have aligned them with the Modern Agile values. I refer to them as “Modern Agile Principles.”


(Thanks to James Clement from the ASB and the Modern Agile community, in particular Harry Nieboer, Don Eitel and Leif Ershag for their contributions.)

Download your copy of printable cards: Double-sided printing or single-sided printing.



Here’s how I use the cards:


1) Training:

Give each participant a set of cards. Ask them to work in pairs and to pick two principles between them. Have them discuss the principles they have chosen: What do they mean? What would they look like in their context? What practices support them? What habits inhibit them?


2) Retrospectives:

Choose one of the principles and deep dive into what it means in their context, how well they are doing in this area and what they could do to get better at following it.


3) Wallpaper:

Print them and put them on the office walls or toilet doors. Reflect while you sit down … :-)
If you’d like your own set download the pdf here (then print double-sided with long-edge binding, cut and laminate) or here for the single-sided version.


Now your turn

If you use these Modern Agile Principle cards – I’d love to hear about your experiences and feedback.


If you’re looking for the traditional principle cards Anthony Boobier has shared them in an earlier blog post.


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  • Michael R. Wolf


    These cards are GREAT! I downloaded them and printed them for use with groups. I’d like to make a suggestion on formatting. Since printing double-sided is typically impossible for home printers, and frustrating at best on commercial-grade printers, I’d suggest creating a 1-sided PDF download. You could “brand” the deck with a small URL on each card, or by having an end-card. Here’s an example that I’ve really appreciated — When I’ve handed a deck out to folks, the recipient knows where to go to attribute the work, or to buy a professional-grade deck.

    Michael Wolf

    July 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm
      • Michael Wolf

        It makes me happy to connect 2 great ideas — your wonderful deck (which I glued back-to-back this afternoon) and the M3.0 deck. I’ve been on the steward circle for yet another deck (, and we had a lot of ideas once they went to print. At least with your deck, you don’t have to order 1,000 at a time.

        July 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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