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Agile Cults and Religions… Don’t Join One – Alistair Cockburn Tony Christensen

February 17 @ 8:00 pm CET

Two colourful Logos of organisations side by side

This meetup is dividend into two part:

first we will hear from Tony Christensen how Agile can be analogised to religion.

then Alistair Cockburn will talk about how to simplify the agile world to just four imperatives by focusing on the Heart of Agile.


In this talk “Agile Cults and Religions… Don’t Join One” Tony Christen discuss how Agile has become a beacon for people and organisations to guide the path to better ways of working.

Now 20 years old, and despite the intention of the 17 who came together to write the Manifesto, Agile communities, practitioners and thought leaders openly fight and argue about how to “do” Agile.

This is a precautionary tale where Agile can be analogised to religion, where the values and principles are being forgotten and in their place rituals, words and practices are followed and advocated blindly.

But don’t despair…. there is a happy ending.


Agile has become too complicated. Just listing all the vocabulary a new person needs to learn to simply follow a conversation puts people off learning it.

As agile moves into general work, financial and HR departments, government and social areas, we need a simpler, more generic, more widely applicable, easier to learn way to bring people in.

Simplifying the agile world to just four imperatives does that:
Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve.
Nothing more.

Collaborate to deliver, deliver decisions to the world to get feedback from the world. Reflect on the feedback and improve both the collaboration and the delivery.

This is easy to explain, straightforward to adopt, and is serving well around the world in contexts of all varieties.

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Dr. Cockburn, one of the creators of the Agile Manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/), was named on of the “The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes” for his pioneering work in agile software development and use cases. He is an expert on project management, software engineering, and agile development, these days working in organizational behavior.

In 2015, Dr. Cockburn created the “Heart of Agile” (http://heartofagile.com) to simplify the practice of agile development. His current focus is consulting, training and broadcasting around the Heart of Agile construct.

Tony is a customer obsessed transformation elder. Acknowledged as a global thought leader and strategic thinker in the field of large scale corporate transformations and Lean start ups. He is a sought after executive leader and passionate, pragmatic Agilista with 35 years experience in the Banking & Finance, Telecommunications and Online industries. He has three decades of experience at Director level for global multi-nationals where he has built IT departments from the ground up and designed and successfully lead organisational transformation to survive the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution where the adoption of new and innovative ways of working is essential. Tony’s experiences are global across financial and telecommunications industries in the UK, India, France, USA, Japan, Singapore, China and Australia

Tony is recognized as a thought leader, innovator, consultant and conference speaker.


February 17
8:00 pm CET
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Event Host
Torsten Hansen
Event Host Email
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Event Region
Northern Europe