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Jose Casal: Agility is not an option. It is a matter of business survival.

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By now, we all know that software is at the core of most businesses. The world of business continues to accelerate at a pace that appears to be increasing. The key competitive advantage appears to have moved from product innovation and development to business model innovation.

Yet, most companies are still trying to run with antiquated business and management models that worked in the early 20th century and are ill-suited for the 21st century and the knowledge economy.
Why does this matter? In the past few years, the Agile world has been evolving at a lightning speed and incorporating lots of exciting ideas. Many borrowed and adapted from other fields.

Trying to transform development teams to use any of the agile frameworks is not enough. To survive, companies must enhance the entire Business Agility. Thankfully, we have been influencing more and more other layers of the business and with that, we have (re)discovered the power of things like Business Agility, Flow Management, Lean, Kanban, Complexity Theory, Theory of Constraints, Liquidity, Business Mapping, and so on.

Business Agility continues to emerge, mature and evolve. In this talk, Jose will attempt to share what is exciting him (and what is scaring him, too). As an emerging talk, he does not promise to hit this objective, but he will do his best!

About Jose Casal

Jose is a business improvement professional and coach with extensive experience in senior roles. He is dedicated to helping organisations and individuals to embrace modern management methodologies including Lean Kanban, Agile and strengths-based leadership. Strongly motivated towards self-development, Jose ensures that he continues to learn and research, so that he is best able to help organisations achieve success in the introduction, or improvement, of Agile practices. His goal is to help create thriving and engaged Agile organisations.

He has a strong belief in the effectiveness of modern management methodologies focusing primarily on Lean Kanban, Agile and strengths-based leadership. He has worked with large private and public-sector organisations such as The Scottish Government, Credit Suisse, Capita, Student Loans Company, NHS Choices, University of Kent and P&O Ferries.

Jose is the Founder and Chair of the BCS Agile Methods Specialist Group and the lead creator of the BCS Agile Foundation Certificate (contributing the official syllabus, exam questions and training materials). He is also the chair of the London Lean Kanban Day (LLKD) and Playcamp UK conferences.

As an experienced Agile coach and trainer Jose has accreditations and certifications covering the full breadth of Agile approaches. He is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), certified AgilePM® Trainer, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), DSDM Advanced Practitioner, BCS Agile Trainer and Innovation Games Collaboration Architect. He's a co-founder of Actineo (

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