Continuous Improvement Matters in Agile

cover-need-for-continuous-improvement-in-agile-1stconf-melbourne-2016-ben-lindersI gave a well received keynote about Continuous Improvement in Agile at 1st conference in Melbourne, Australia. In this talk I explained the need for continuous improvement when adopting agile ways of working, explored how continuous improvement is engrained in agile, and what you can do to increase the agility of your teams and the organization as a whole.

The slides of this talk are available on my publications page and on my slideshare page.

1stConf is a one day conference, aimed at people starting out with agile. The event is being run by practitioners from the Melbourne community. 2016 was the second year that this event was held. The conference featured two keynote speakers, Alistair Cockburn and me.

The keynote at 1stConf was part of my tour in Australia. During a 2 week visit I also gave workshops in Sydney and Melbourne on Valuable Agile Retrospectives for Teams, Increasing Organizational Agility with Agile Retrospectives and Getting More out of Agile and Lean, and visited companies. And took some time to see Sydney, Melbourne, and it’s surroundings 🙂

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Continuous Improvement is at the heart of Agile

Better software development is not about implementing the the best framework or method throughout the organization. People have tried that for years, mostly without success. We need to uncover better ways to do improvement, and agile can help us doing that.

Agile takes a different approach to software development by stating “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it”.

Agile isn’t a silver bullet, and it’s not a one size fits all approach. Continuous improvement is what makes it work, it’s at the heart of agile.

My keynote talk was sketchnoted by Christiana Anderson. It’s great to see how she captured the main messages from my talk!

sketchnote 1stconf Christiana

Start your Continuous Improvement journey

To get results with agile, people, teams and organizations have to adopt an agile mindset and learn how to deploy and continuously improve suitable practices in an effective way so that they can adapt to the situation at hand and become better and thus more valuable.


My new book Continuous Improvement – Doing whatever helps to become better and thus more valuable is about increasing the awareness of continuous improvement and about how to improve in a sustainable way. It explores how improvement is engrained in agile, and provides suggestions that you can use in your daily work to improve continuously and increase your agility.

This book is a work in progress. You can buy the book for the reduced price of $2.99 while I’m writing it :-).

Ben Linders

I help organizations with effective software development and management practices. Active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer.

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