Leading, promoting  and enabling business agility worldwide

About us

What do we do?

The Agile Business Consortium is the leading not-for-profit professional body for promoting and enabling business agility worldwide.

We work with partners and alliances to promote Agile practices, and to develop, curate and share Agile resources with the wider world. The direct descendent of the DSDM Consortium, we encourage an agnostic and client-centred approach to the use of Agile methods and frameworks.

Since its creation in 1994, the consortium has been leading and promoting the Agile way of working, supporting thousands of people and organisations around the world on their Agile journey.

Business agility means having flexibility with purpose, and allows organisations to make important decisions and carry out important work, quickly and safely. Agile businesses work faster, better and deliver greater value for money – delighting customers, motivating staff and so driving profit. Our Agile philosophy and practices improve all aspects of an organisation, from HR and finance, to project management, product development and organisational change.

We are the brains behind AgilePM®, AgileBA® and AgilePgM® and organise the longest running Agile Business Conference in the world. With the support of APMG International we have accredited over 300 training organisations worldwide and certified over 100,000 Agile Project Managers, Business Analysts and Programme Managers; and we’re still growing.

What is Agile?

The Agile approach is an alternative way of working to traditional methods which has customer involvement at its heart, and has transformed the way teams deliver projects: putting quality, efficiency and regular early delivery of business value first.

Agile businesses work faster, better and deliver greater value for money – delighting customers, motivating staff and so driving profit.

What is Business Agility?

Business agility is concerned with the adoption of evolution of values, behaviours and capabilities that enable businesses and individuals to be more adaptive, creative and resilient when dealing with complexity, uncertainty and change, leading to improved well-being and better outcomes.

History

In 1994, business leaders were frustrated by costly, rigid or unreliable software development methods. They wanted to adopt a new, rapid yet robust method that could instantly transform delivery, making projects more responsive while bringing them in on time and on budget.

As a result, the non-profit DSDM Consortium was formed by a number of organisations from both public and private sectors, with the aim to define an industry standard for a new method. In 2001, DSDM helped shape the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, following which the Agile Alliance was formed.

In 2016, 22 years after its conception, the DSDM Consortium rebranded and became the Agile Business Consortium. A global leader in promoting business agility, with unrivalled expertise in the field, the new Consortium aims to inspire new developments and thinking, such as the role of innovation at the heart of the Framework for Business Agility.