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Explaining Agile

By Stephen Denning


Agile is governed by three laws: the law of the small team, the law of the customer, and the law of the network

Agile is a vast global movement that is transforming the world of work. There are already hundreds of thousands of Agile practitioners all around the world.

Yet what exactly is Agile? How do you explain Agile when there are more than forty different variants of Agile?

And what about all those Agile practices? There are more than 70 different Agile practices. Even the Agile Manifesto, with its four values and twelve principles can be a cognitive stretch for newcomers.

How on earth can you explain or understand such a bewildering blizzard of seemingly different ideas?

This White Paper will give you the three indispensable elements of a successful Agile journey and show you how to launch and accelerate your journey.

About the Author:


Steve Denning
Steve Denning is the author of six successful business books on leadership, leadership storytelling, and management, as well as a novel and a volume of poems. From 1996 to 2000, Steve was the Program Director, Knowledge Management at the World Bank where he spearheaded the organizational knowledge sharing program. In November 2000, Steve Denning was selected as one of the world’s Ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders (Teleos.)

He know works with organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia on leadership, innovation, business narrative and most recently, radical management. Since 2011, he has been writing a popular Leadership column for and has published more than 600 articles on the Creative Economy, with more than 6 million visitors and more than 15 million page views.

Steve is a member of the Advisory Board of the Drucker Forum, headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The annual Drucker Forum, held in November each year, has become the leading global conference on general management issues. Each year, Steve has chaired a panel at the Forum, which attracts the world’s top thought leaders in management.