Agile Business Consortium expands worldwide profile
15 November 2017
The Agile Business Consortium extends its global reach this month with a series of events in Australia.
Director Barbara Roberts will build on the Consortium’s fast growing profile in the country – the third largest market after the UK and Poland for its Agile Project Management qualifications – by hosting training days in Sydney and Perth.
The trip will also see the organisation’s first launch of a new product outside of the UK when Barbara introduces the new Agile Portfolio Management (AgilePfMTM)* book.
“A recent survey of our Australian membership highlighted a focus on software that suggests Agile is still largely regarded as an IT discipline in Australia,” said Barbara. “The launch of AgilePfM and the training days are designed to show that an Agile approach has a much wider value across the organisation for modern, growing businesses.”
Barbara was joined in Perth on November 10 by Andy Lavender of the University of Western Australia who will explored leading successful business engagements in an Agile environment. He looked at vital Prosci recognised change management challenges, adaptations and advancements when engaging business sponsors, managers and employees in Agile processes.
In Sydney on November 13, the guest speaker was Liz Fyfe of Amatil Coca-Cola. The organisation is undergoing transformation, with its IT enablement projects in the past having largely followed a traditional project management approach with some Agile practices to ensure value was delivered early.
Liz examined why Agile was chosen at Amatil Coca-Cola and looked at the successes it has helped achieve and the lessons learned along the way.
“To have had representatives of two such large and internationally renowned organisations attending our training days gave our members a real insight into how adopting an Agile approach to business development bringing real benefits in all areas,” said Barbara.
The Australia events help the Agile Business Consortium continue to grow its global reach in a market that is traditionally dominated by the US tech sector, with more than 70,000 Agile exams having been taken around the world through the Consortium’s collaboration with APMG International.
The organisation has 10 international ambassadors around the world, including in the USA, China and Ireland, who help organise local events and promote best practice for Agile practitioners in their areas.
“While the Agile Business Consortium has a growing worldwide membership and we regularly speak at overseas events, this is our first opportunity to meet directly with our members in Australia, something we have very much looked forward to,” Barbara said.