The Agile Influencers

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This is the ultimate list of the movers and shakers within Agile Software Development and Business Agility.

Agile is now a huge movement, industry or whatever you like to categorise it as. 

How big? Well, it’s difficult to get exact figures, but we do have some strong indicators.

According to the annual State of Agile report, 97 per cent of organisations are now practising agile development methods.

There are over 418,000 Professional Scrum Certified from

The Scrum Alliance has issued over 1 million Scrum certifications.

Scaled Agile has certified over 600,000 people in SAFe.

So it’s a fair guess that there are tens of millions of people worldwide trying, using, doing or being Agile. 

As in many groups, there are many different voices and opinions in the Agile world. But some tend to carry more weight than others. We may not like it, but that’s the way it is.

So who are the people influencing Agile?

From our research, we’ve compiled this list of the people we believe carry the most influence in the world of Agile, and those who hold the most influence over the future directions of Agility.

Putting together a list like this is fraught with peril. The likelihood that we overlooked someone is high. And there are always going to be some people who don’t agree with who made the cut, and who didn’t. Like the old adage says, “You can’t please all the people, all the time”.

However, we still believe that this list is valuable as an indicator of who is steering the ship. And please let us know if you want to nominate someone who you think we missed.


The Agile Influencers

ahmed sidky

Dr. Ahmed Sidky

"Agile is a mindset"

Company: Riot Games


LinkedIn: Ahmed Sidky

Twitter: @asidky


The Agile Mindset: The Key To Being Agile Not Just Doing Agile

Conversation with Ahmed Sidky on scaling Agile

Dr. Alistair Cockburn

"Agile is an attitude, not a technique with boundaries. An attitude has no boundaries, so we wouldn't ask 'can I use agile here', but rather 'how would I act in the agile way here?' or 'how agile can we be, here?'"


Why Agile?

Returning to the Heart of Agile

Bas Vodde


Bas Vodde

"Agile does not mean delivering faster. Agile does not mean fewer defect or higher quality. Agile does not mean higher productivity. Agile means agile – the ability to move with quick easy grace, to be nimble and adaptable. To embrace change and become masters of change – to compete through adaptability by being able to change faster than your competition can."

Company: Odd-e

LinkedIn: Bas Vodde

Twitter: @basvodde


Less: An introduction to Large-Scale Scrum

Large Scale Scrum - LeSS - A fireside story

Ben Linders

Ben Linders

"Agile is a journey. Don’t pack too much, travel light and be flexible!"

LinkedIn: Ben Linders

Twitter: @BenLinders


Sustainable Improvement Through Agile Retrospectives

The Need for Continuous Improvement in Agile

Bob Galen

Bob Galen

"Effective feedback should be measured by the outcomes that it inspires and not by the simple fact of saying it"

LinkedIn: Bob Galen

Twitter: @bobgalen

Podcast: Meta-cast


SH*T Bad Scrum Coaches Say

The 3 Pillars Approach to Agile Testing Strategy

Robert Martin

(Uncle) Bob Martin

"The only way to go fast, is to go well."

  • One of the original 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto
  • Served as the first chairman of the Agile Alliance
  • Author of 6 books on software development

LinkedIn: Robert Martin


The Future of Programming

The Principles of Clean Architecture

Chet Hendrickson

Chet Hendrickson

"Yes, I use the Fibonacci sequence, I just stop at 1"


Interview with Ron Jeffries & Chet Hendrickson @ LeSS NYC

Twenty Years of XP - Now What?

Chris James CEO of Scaled Agile

Chris James

"Many organizations support an environment that embraces 'business as usual', over innovation and relentless alignment with customer needs."

Company: Scaled Agile

LinkedIn: Chris James


Better SAFe Than Sorry

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

"Our job is not to do quality Agile, it is to deliver quality software or solutions"

Company: SoftEd

Website: Craig Smith

LinkedIn: Craig Smith

Twitter: @smithcdau


40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes

Agile Coaching Nightmares

Dave Snowden

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Dave Snowden

"Seeking the ideal has a long history, it produces many saints but few paradigm changes."

  • Developer of the Cynefin framework
  • Associate professor extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School

LinkedIn: Dave Snowden

Twitter: @snowded


The Cynefin Framework

How to organise a Children's Party



  • Claims to fame








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Ethann Castell

Ethann Castell

Ethann Castell is the founder of The School of Innovation. His passion is ideas, and his mission is to enable you to make your ideas happen. Connect with Ethann on LinkedIn.

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