The first three responses dissappointed me since they were non-answers.
- I wasn't there, we can only guess (as if we've never heard the authors speak since then!)
- I'm not sure, but it is at least more natural
- Self direction creates a perception control and therefore happiness
Yes!Cesario Ramos chimed in also:
The 8th principle of the Manifesto - "Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely."
BTW, many mature XP teams will peak around 35 hours, not 40. Pairing and TDD is very intense. You get the most around 35 hours, and productivity can start decreasing between 35-40. But this productivity is higher than the prior 45-50 hr weeks. I've both seen this and heard about it from others.
The lean and agile thoughts explicitly make human values to be the center. It promotes an environment where every individual can use its potential for developing itself and its company. An environment where people can be part of a team and can contribute to a higher objective.There is that caveat that every idea can be destroyed and that there are plenty of companies that use Agile to get more hours out of their people. But, when I see this, I tell those that are suffering that their pain is inflicted by people, not by trying agile (and they aren't doing agile)!
So in my opinion, YES, it is a more humane way of working. Even if the intentions of the agile approach are just to make more money.