" On February 11-13, 2001, at The Lodge at Snowbird ski resort in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, seventeen people met to talk, ski, relax, and try to find common ground and of course, to eat.
All they could agree on were 4 values and 12 principles by which they would like to live by when building software, and what emerged was the Agile Software Development Manifesto.
Representatives from Extreme Programming, SCRUM, DSDM, Adaptive Software Development, Crystal, Feature-Driven Development, Pragmatic Programming, and others sympathetic to the need for an alternative to documentation driven, heavyweight software development processes convened.
Agile was the term chosen to describe this new endeavor, since "Lightweight" was a term not thought to be conducive when promoting the concept to high-level managers.
It hardly goes without mention that this celebration falls so close to Lincoln's Birthday, who also espoused an all-inclusive view of our nation.
Other Manifestos that influence our work is the The Declaration of Interdependence
and one of many others, such as the Testing Manifesto that is still being developed.