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Arie van Bennekum

Arie is a pragmatic who embeds his pragmatism in structure, discipline & common sense from his early days in the health care and the military forces up to where he is today. This eventually led to being one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto. Over the years Arie has become an expert on Agile transformations. Next to this work in Agile and Agile transformations Arie lectured 20 years at the Rotterdam University on topics such as Agile, project management and Facilitation. His IP is to be found at www.integratedagile.com

Arie van Bennekum Agile Thought leader/Strategist
Arie is a pragmatist who accommodates his pragmatism in structure, discipline and common sense. He is not afraid to enter untrained paths and take risks. He has done this since his first days in health care, later in the armed forces, and he continues to do so today. This has led to his special position as co-author of the Agile Manifesto. In the course of his Agile years Arie has become 

an expert in the field of business transformations towards Agile on the basis of strategic objectives and link this to very concrete objectives. He focuses on delivering value, bringing efficiency and creating support among stakeholders, through role and chain clarity based on the business model and the work packages.

The intellectual property IATM (www.integratedagile.com) is basis for this. Arie strongly believes in leading on the basis of exemplary behavior and from that perspective is also constantly working on creating / strengthening an Agile (customer-oriented) culture within Wemanity. Moreover, within Wemanity’s culture, there is a strong focus on continuous development of professionals and organization, optimal performance based on knowledge sharing and feedback and clear task and division of roles, for an optimal value delivery to Wemanity’s customers. In addition to the practical guidance of Agile transformations, Arie is a much sought-after speaker at international congresses, gives client awareness sessions and lectures at universities.

The dissemination of this Agile culture and way of working brings Arie in the strategic focus areas. Improving and connecting comes to the fore in every Agile process, as well as creating a performance and development culture. Strategic clarity is expressed in translating the strategy into specific workflows. Investment space is obtained by delivering more effectively, more efficiently and more customer-oriented. Examples of this are business cases of Delta, Cegeka DSA, Bosch, can also be found on the website.

An example of innovation is Sodexo, where Wemanity together with WeDigitalGarden “entity from the Wenation ecosystem” have set up a digital factory (emphasis on innovative design and applications). Arie is responsible for the Agile integration of the customer and the factory.
Among other areas, Arie has over 30 years of experience in implementing Agile / Lean. One of his latest ICT developments are innovative projects such as Sodexo, involving optimization of business processes completely intertwined in Agile/Lean, creating value. He has experience in public mobility and infrastructure sectors such as Delta Retail, Province of Northern Brabrant, Tax administration and many others.

Speed talk

Agnostic Agile – how to achieve it when People make the difference

For many people Agile is a hype, but not for Arie. He changed his way of working from traditional working in 1994. This led eventually to being one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. This does not mean he stopped experimenting and improving his way of working. Today many people struggle getting the benefits of Agile. Arie will emphasise during his talk Agnostic Agile, how to get there and the role of (facilitating) people. After all, People Make the Difference. Although Arie does not like the abbreviation HR he will connect to this topic and explain the impact of transforming to Agile on HR.

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