Behind the Institute
The Business Agility Institute is the creation of Evan Leybourn and Ahmed Sidky and recently joined by Brittany Baker. Overworked and underslept folk with a vision to change the world; to make companies more human, engaging, and adaptable.
When I was a teenager, I always used to joke that I was going to take over the world (Pinky and the Brain has a lot to answer for). But now I realise that I’m actually taking the first step towards it. The Business Agility Institute has ambitions no less than changing how every company in the world works. It’s not how would have imagined it (less mad scientist, more mad businessman), but together we are going to take over the world.
Yet, we could not operate without the fantastic support and thought-leadership of our volunteers, researchers and partners. These people are leaders in their fields who believe in our mission and what we are trying to achieve. While these words are entirely inadequate, Thank You.
Contact us if you would like to step up and help us change the fundamental nature of what it means to be a business.
Join the Institute to take an active role in the Business Agility community. Connect, both online and in person with some of the most influential Business Agility practitioners, as well as talented thought leaders who apply business agility in diverse operations.
Local Membership (Business Agility Meetups)
BAMs are hyper-localised communities of Business Agility practitioners. Although they have no independent operating entity, they are run and operated by local volunteers on behalf of the Institute. The targeted audience, approach and cadence are entirely at their discretion to meet the specific needs of the local community.
- Amsterdam (Netherlands): Stavros Papadeas
- Atlanta (USA): Tony Shawver, Robert Woods
- Auckland (New Zealand): Biunca Hooper, Lorna Proctor, Beth Gervase, Karen Dallas, Jakub Jurkiewicz, Sandy Mamoli
- Benelux: Manoj Khanna
- Bengaluru (India): Padma Satyamurthy, Krishnakumar Chinnappachari, Ramesh Rao, Priyank KS
- Chennai (India): Subrahmaniam SRV, Mahesh Varadharajan
- Chicago (USA): Vijay Reddy, Brad Appleton, Srini Kadiam, Amit Dawani
- Columbus (USA): Bart Weaver, Brian Link, Charles Kennedy
- Delhi-NCR (India): Sonali Kar, Namrata Datta, Pawan Kharbanda, Payal Jain
- Eastern Europe: Manoj Khanna
- Gauteng (South Africa): Myles Hopkins, Biase De Gregorio, Anja van Beek, Rex van Schalkwyk, Chad Williams, Divya Jain, Thabiso Njongwe, Tony Cohn, Dimakatso Dlamini, Barry Tandy, Ockert Esterhuyse, Zayne Upton, Antoinette Coetzee
- Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam): Dr. Cherry Vu, Nguyen Duy Minh, Huynh Thuy Hang, Tran Xuan Hai, Nguyen Thang Long, Le Thao Nhien
- Istanbul (Turkey): Baris BAL, Rıdvan Akçiçek
- Jakarta (Indonesia): Ivan Darmawan, Aditya Imannudin Suryomurtjito, Akbar Azwir, Meiko Tourista, Mallikarjuna Kaveti, Rudy Rahardian, Alinne Rosida, Saron Yefta, Aria Wardhana
- London (UK): Parag Gogate, Ady Dike
- Melbourne (Australia): Helen Snitkovsky
- Montréal (Canada): Frederick Latendresse
- New Jersey (USA): Arun Chinnaraju
- Northern New Jersey (USA): Susan Marricone, Joanne Howden, Tim Stadinski, Madlyn DelMonte, Shawn Roberts
- Paris (France): Ian Stokes
- Pune (India): Vishal Prasad, Nilesh Kulkarni, Dhiren Shah, Rucha Kapare, Nirzari Sen
- Sacramento (USA): Hiren Vashi
- Santiago (Chile): Bryan Jimenez
- Sao Paulo (Brazil): Tatiana Feitosa Correa Lima
- Singapore: Paul Hutton, John Okoro, Lisa Duty
- Sydney (Australia): Connie Iong, Lynton Howes, Gareth Bowell, Ellis Prifti, Kanwal Nazim, Adriana Xavier
- Tricity Area (India): Surbhi Goyal, Komal Chitkara
- Washington DC (USA): Christine Schubert, Joey Spooner, Audrey Scheere, Manjit Singh
The HR Guild is a network of HR professionals who are facing challenges in their organizations brought on by rapid change; who have been tasked with guiding an Agile transformation; or simply those who are interested in learning more about HR through the lens of business agility. As well as weekly educational emails and online discussions, each month we host “office hours”. A public, online, meeting for any HR professional to join and ask questions of our resident experts. With thanks to: Kevin Empey, Myles Hopkins, Fabiola Eyholzer
Business Agility Conferences
The Business Agility Conferences are 2-day events for people to build networks, learn the latest techniques and ideas, and be inspired. Building on the last two years, these events are a combination of 20-minute “art of the possible” stories and interactive, facilitated deep-dives with the entire delegation.
- NYC: Jeff Schroeder, Christina Hartikainen, Zach Bonaker, Lisa Cooney, Marsha Acker, Zuzi Sochova, Ross Libby, Heidi Ling, Tristan Amond
- Vienna: Mike Leber
- US Midwest: Bart Weaver, Brian Link, Charles Kennedy
- South Africa: Myles Hopkins, Anja van Beek, Chad Williams, Dillon Weyer, Rex van Schalkwyk, Biase De Gregorio, Divya Jain, Thabiso Njongwe, Dimakatso Dlamini, Antoinette Coetzee
- Greater China: Rose Chu
- London: Agile Business Consortium
- Hyderabad: Sarika Kharbanda
- Australia: Craig Brown, Helen Snitkovsky, Alex Sloley, Maria Muir, Richard Parton
Executive Forums are two-day, invite only, conference for 15-30 senior executives. Each organisation is invited to send up to 3 executives to join us. Joining the executives are leading facilitators to guide executives through areas critical to business success; finance & governance, talent management, and customer centricity. This event, like the Business Agility Conference in NYC, emphasises collaborative dialog over passive listening. With thanks to Lyssa Adkins, Marsha Acker, Jardena London, Paul Hutton, Lisa Duty.
Site Visit Experience
An immersive, cohort-driven, learning opportunity for executive leaders that will equip them to make transformational changes in their companies. With thanks to Lyssa Adkins.
Business Agility Symposia
Agile Amped Podcast
Domains of Business Agility
Introducing the Domains of Business Agility. A simple model consisting of 12 interacting domains across four dimensions centred around the customer. The domains in each dimension are equally important, necessary, and interrelated to each other. You cannot realize business success in an unpredictable market until you develop agility in each of these domains across all areas in your organization.
Business Agility Library
Guidance is specific information in the Library that relates to business agility in the context of a domain (e.g. structural agility or market agility), an industry (e.g. banking or energy), a business function (e.g. finance, marketing) or a pattern impediment/journey. With thanks to our Library Stewards: Mark Boysen, Richard Parton, Javier Camarasa Garcia, Dan Roman, Myles Hopkins, Agile in Audit, Mirko Kleiner, Alex Basa, Saima Siddiqui, Harry Nieboer, Nizar Khoja.
Business Agility Report
Wicked whitepapers take a position on “wicked problems” that plague organisations today. These are problems without a clear answer or with multiple answers. Our aim is to help organisations navigate this.
- Incentives, Motivation and Rewards: Kevin Empey, Patrick Li, Fabiola Eyholzer, Jason Hall, Jas Chong, Pia-Maria Thoren, Chip Loving
- Hiring for Culture: Brunello Gianella, Jakub Jurkiewicz, V Lakshmi Chirravuri, Stavros Papadeas
- Employee Engagement: Lars Gustavsson, Myles Hopkins, Jakub Jurkiewicz, Atulya Krishna, Sandeep P R, Stavros Papadeas
- Business Agility and Unions: Dahm Hongchai, Michael Derwin, Stephan Kahl, Isabelle Kluger, Christopher Hayes-Kossmann
- Company Size: Dana Malcova, Caroline Downs, Manoj Khanna, Jan Zwerina, Arun Kumar Paspuleti Narasimhulu, Stephen Jones, Marc Florit
- Agile Marketing: John Cass, Marc Florit, Usman Batty, Nat Tanner, Brunello Gianella, Jakub Jurkiewicz, Pam Ashby
- Recruiting Leadership in Agile Organisations: Craig Simpson, Marc Florit, Brunello Gianella, Jakub Jurkiewicz, Andrej Drinovsky
- Cultural Differences: Linda Winkler
And many more in progress.
An agile transformation is no less than an epic quest: full of twists and turns, unexpected challenges, and hard-earned victories. Accreditation provides a map—a means of anticipating roadblocks and realizing you have the tools available to overcome them, all while recognizing and celebrating your successes and clearly visualizing your goals.