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.

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.

Who is 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.how

The Agile Influencers

ahmed sidky

Dr. Ahmed Sidky

"Agile is a mindset"

Company: Riot Games

Website: DrAgile.com

LinkedIn: Ahmed Sidky

Twitter: @asidky

Videos: 

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?'"

Videos: 

Why Agile?

Returning to the Heart of Agile

Bas Vodde

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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

Videos: 

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

Videos: 

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

Videos: 

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

Videos: 

The Future of Programming

The Principles of Clean Architecture

Chet Hendrickson

Chet Hendrickson

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

Videos: 

Interview with Ron Jeffries & Chet Hendrickson @ LeSS NYC

Twenty Years of XP - Now What?

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

Videos: 

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

Videos: 

The Cynefin Framework

How to organise a Children's Party

David Anderson Kanban

David J. Anderson

"Of course, speed is most useful if it is in the correct direction."

Company: Mauvius Group dba Kanban University

LinkedIn: David Anderson

Twitter: @lki_dja

Videos: 

Kanban - An Alternative Path to Agility

Deep Kanban. Worth the Investment?

Dean Leffingwell Scaled Agile Framework

Dean Leffingwell

“Agile is only a tool – it’s not a religion”

  • Creator of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).
  • Former Chief Methodologist at Rally Software
  • Former Sr. Vice President at Rational Software (now part of IBM)
  • Author of several books on Scaled Agile and software requirements.

Company: Scaled Agile

Videos: 

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Foundations

The Value of Using the Scaled Agile Framework

Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen

"You know you have the best work for you when you think, 'I’d rather do this and fail than not do it at all.'"

Company: Agile Fluency

LinkedIn: Diana Larsen

Videos: 

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great!

Dancing Along the Agile Fluency Path

Henrik Kniberg

Henrik Kniberg

"The only real failure is the failure to learn from failure"

  • Former member of the board of directors of the Agile Alliance
  • Popularised Spotify’s engineering culture
  • Author of three books on Scrum, Lean, Kanban and XP.

Company: crisp

LinkedIn: Henrik Kniberg

Videos: 

Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell

Spotify Engineering Culture

James Shore

James Shore

"There's no way to force someone to be energized. However, you can remove roadblocks."

  • Co-creator of the Agile Fluency model
  • Co-Author of The Art of Agile Development
  • Recipient of the Agile Alliance’s Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice

LinkedIn: James Shore

Twitter: @jamesshore

Videos: 

Agile Fluency

Agile Without Dedicated QA

Jeff Sutherland Scrum co-creator

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Jeff Sutherland

"The people who multitask the most just can’t focus"

Company: Scrum Inc

LinkedIn: Jeff Sutherland

Wikipedia: Jeff Sutherland

Videos: 

Scrum: How to do twice as much in half the time (TEDx)

Scrum Tuning: Lessons learned at Google

Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo

"Internal conflict is a natural aspect of complex systems and a prerequisite for creativity and innovation."

LinkedIn: Jurgen Appelo

Twitter: Jurgen Appelo

Videos: 

Managing for Happiness

How to Fix Your Failed Agile Transformation

Ken Schwaber

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Ken Schwaber

"The people who multitask the most just can’t focus"

Company: Scrum.org

LinkedIn: Ken Schwaber

Twitter: @kschwaber

Wikipedia: Ken Schwaber 

Videos: 

Scrum et al. (GoogleTechTalks)

What is Scaled Scrum?

Kent Beck

Kent Beck

"Do The Simplest Thing That Could Possibly Work"

Company: Gusto

Website: KentBeck.com

LinkedIn: Kent Beck

Twitter: @KentBeck

Wikipedia: Kent Beck

Videos: 

Extreme Programming 20 years later

3X

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

"a true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first"

Website: lyssaadkins.com

LinkedIn: Lyssa Adkins

Videos: 

The Road from Project Manager to Agile Coach

The High Performance Tree

Martin Fowler

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Martin Fowler

"One of the big dangers is to pretend that you can follow a predictable process when you can't"

Company: Thoughtworks

Website: martinfowler.com

LinkedIn: Martin Fowler

Twitter: @martinfowler

Wikipedia: Martin Fowler

Videos: 

Explaining Agile

Continuous Delivery

Mike Cohn

Mike Cohn

"Changing practices is one thing; changing minds is quite another"

  • Co-founder and former Board member of the Agile Alliance
  • Co-founder and former Chairman of the Board of the Scrum Alliance
  • Author of several books on Agile and software development

LinkedIn: Mike Cohn

Twitter: @mikewcohn

Wikipedia: Mike Cohn 

Videos: 

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Ethann Castell

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Ethann Castell is the founder of The School of Innovation. His passion is ideas, and his mission is to help you to make your ideas happen.

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