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DC Lean+Agile Meetup: Beyond Agile – Why Agile is Integral but Insufficient for Success


We had a great conversation with Mike Griffiths, who straddles both worlds of Agile and Project Management.

From Mike:

Agile approaches offer probably the best starting point we have for undertaking complex work. After 20 years of helping teams adopt agile, it bothered me that many organizations still struggled. So, I went back to study the most successful teams I had encountered. They all used agile, but crucially several other techniques as well. The best teams use a savvy mix of agile, shared leadership, emotional intelligence, and industry-specific approaches. It is not a case of adding more process, instead one of shifting focus. This is how the “Beyond Agile Model“ got started.

Mike Griffiths is an award-winning consultant, author, and thought leader in agile and project management. He helped create the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) agile method and has been using agile approaches, including Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP), for over 25 years. He has served on the board of directors for the Agile Alliance and the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN).

Mike co-founded the Project Management Institute (PMI) Agile Community of Practice and helped to create the PMI-ACP certification. He led the writing team for PMIs Agile Practice Guide and cowrote the Software Extension to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK* Guide). He has contributed to several editions of the PMBOK® Guide and was co-lead on the PMBOK® Guide, Seventh Edition.

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