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Intro @ Open Agile Romania 2011: Build a Great Team

Andrea Provaglio: Talk on Effective Self-Organization

Jurgen Appelo: Talk on How to Change the World

Open Space Sessions & Planning Poker Cards Prize

Arie van Bennekum

Arie van Bennekum

Arie is a pragmatic who embeds his pragmatism in structure and common sense. This eventually led to being an agile expert and one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto.

User involvement has his focus when he speaks, presents, demonstrates and lectures about Agile as a consultant of People Make the Difference (PMtD, NL), as chair of the Agile Consortium International and at the Rotterdam University for Professional education where he lectures since 1994.

He is connected to the Rotterdam University not only on Agile in general but also specific on user involvement, facilitation and as a project coach.

Talk: Get them involved
Agile is not new. Agile is not a trend. Agile is established. This year we celebrate that the Agile Manifesto has been written 11 years ago. Arie is co-author of the Manifesto and still very active in the field of Agile Solution Development. He still does it for the same reason as when he started doing it 18 years ago.

His definition of Agile is “Serving the business by being adaptive”. To be able to do this he does need (and therefore involve them in his projects) the end-users. Not a representative but really from every end-user group of the solution, a real participant. The people who will really work with the solution when it is live. And this is the part Arie likes most, working with the end-user community to converge to the matching solution. You can call it testing, reviewing, whatever but it is the input and check of that real end-user that is essential.

The last year, during all his presentations and meetings Arie did hear the same problem over and over again. How do you get them in and how do you make them participate the right way. They are the one and only people who really know what they need. On the other hand they are not IT-professionals and do not always know what to do in a project. How do we get them involved (the right way)? Can we learn from what we have done so far…

This is what made Arie connect to Agile in 1994 before it was named Agile in the first place and is what his presentation will be about.