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Agile's DSDM Consortium evolves into Agile Business Consortium

World-leading Agile Framework author and custodian, the DSDM Consortium, announces its evolution to become the Agile Business Consortium and launches the Agile Business Change Framework

October 05, 2016, London, UK. Press Dispensary. The DSDM Consortium - host of London's annual Agile Business Conference and author and custodian of the world-leading DSDM Agile Framework - this afternoon trumpeted Agile's arrival as a mainstream method for managing business change when it announced a new identity and a major new Agile approach. The Agile Business Consortium unveiled its new name and look as it launched the Agile Business Change Framework, designed to support businesses and organisations in adopting Agile at any organisational level and on any scale.

The announcement was made to an audience of conference delegates, consortium members and partners during the 2016 Agile Business Conference (#AgileBC16), being held this week in the City of London.

Agile Business Consortium CEO Mary Henson said: "Some years ago, Agile became the mainstream approach to software and systems development and in those fields it's now used more than any other approach. Increasingly, businesses recognise the benefits of adopting Agile methods in many different parts of the enterprise but struggle to understand how to enable it, implement it and ensure robust governance.

"The Agile Business Consortium has evolved to address those challenges and, particularly, to develop the Agile Business Change Framework - a new framework that will enable businesses and organisations to take an Agile approach wherever in the enterprise it's needed and on whatever scale it's needed."

Building on more than 20 years' experience in developing DSDM's highly successful project management and programme management frameworks, the Agile Business Consortium has been developing the new Framework with selected partners and early adopters such as PwC, Tata Consulting and others. It will continue to build a community of like-minded partners to progress the Framework and will provide supportive training through a network of accredited organisations.

Michael C Cooch, partner at PwC, said:
"Why do some businesses seem to respond to challenges so adeptly whilst others struggle - often to the point of failure?  At the heart of many of the most successful businesses is a simple concept - 'agility'.

"Maintaining competitive advantage now and in the future requires businesses to re-think the way they operate. This involves a focus on reducing organisational complexity and creation of more flexible, scalable and cost effective operating models that are capable of quickly responding to new market opportunities/threats. It is exciting to see this come to life in the Agile Business Change Framework from the Agile Business Consortium. PwC is pleased to have been invited by the Agile Business Consortium to contribute to the shaping of the Framework, and we very much look forward to working with them further in this important area."

Manav Mehan, Global Agile Consulting Lead, TATA Consultancy Services (TCS), said
"TCS has worked with the Agile Business Consortium for several years, and has been an active contributor and speaker at the Agile Business Conference. Having previewed their Agile Business Change Framework, we are pleased that it is an innovative and practical framework for effective Business Change at the enterprise level.

"Given our experience leading large enterprise Lean-Agile transformations for large, complex organisations, we see an opportunity to provide long term benefit to business by enabling organisational change management and behavioural transformation.

"We congratulate the Agile Business Consortium on their Agile Business Change Framework and look forward to partner with them on new opportunities."

Ed Holt, founding chairman of the DSDM Consortium, said:
"There is a real demand for an open, accessible Agile Business Change Framework and the Consortium with its new focus is perfectly placed to drive Agile adoption. I'm delighted to see, after more than 20 years' of success, the Consortium adopt this new strategy which will help businesses be responsive across the board and not just in the IT department."

The Agile Business Consortium will continue to be a not-for-profit, vendor-independent membership organisation, working with development partners and training providers, and with the new Framework at its core. It will also continue to support DSDM's existing suite of products, including associated training and certification.

Mary Henson concluded: "The Agile Business Change Framework will demystify business change, presenting the concept in the simplest, most effective, most Agile way. Whether a change objective is as grand as taking an entire business into a brand new market or as modest as tweaking the features of a product or the characteristics of a service, the Agile Business Change Framework will provide the guidance needed to make it a reality."

The Agile Business Consortium has a new website at, which includes a launch video, a series of more detailed downloads on the Agile Business Change Framework and FAQs about the consortium.

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Notes for editors

About the Agile Business Consortium
Launched on 5 October 2016, the Agile Business Consortium has evolved from the DSDM Consortium and is responsible for developing the Agile Business Change Framework. Preserving its status as a not-for-profit, vendor-independent member organisation, the Consortium's mission is

To be a global leader in promoting, supporting and enabling Agile Business

Providing guidance and accredited products and services
to C-level executives and their Change Management Teams
through an international network of Certified Implementation Partners

The Agile Business Consortium has worked with selected partners and early adopters in the initial development of the Agile Business Change Framework and will continue to build a community of like-minded partners to evolve the framework further - and so ensure and maintain real-world business best-practices. It will provide training to support the Framework through a network of Accredited Training Organisations.

The Agile Business Framework is open, free to use, not-for-profit and vendor-independent.

About Agile
In 2001 the term 'Agile' was first defined in the Agile Manifesto, initially as an approach to software development. It is seen as a lightweight, flexible and adaptive approach for the 21st century, in contrast to the traditional, heavyweight, regulated and regimented so-called 'waterfall' methods. Agile has long overtaken waterfall as an approach and, since 2010, has grown beyond its software roots to support project and programme management in many fields, not least through DSDM's Agile Framework, AgilePO, AgilePM and Agile Programme Management.

Within Agile, needs and solutions evolve. Self-organising, cross-functional teams use adaptive planning and evolve development and delivery, enabling rapid and flexible response to change. Agile is a proven conceptual framework that promotes collaboration between all stakeholders throughout the development, project or change-cycle, whether on a modest scale or for enterprise-wide change and development.

About DSDM
DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method) is one of the world's leading Agile approaches, especially recognised for providing a framework of appropriate project governance, based on two decades of practical experience drawn from a wide range of public and private sector projects.

About the DSDM Consortium

As custodian of the world-leading DSDM Agile Project Framework and other DSDM Agile tools, the DSDM Consortium has always been a not-for-profit, vendor-independent organisation. It was founded in 1994 by a consortium of blue-chip companies, developing and promoting, with a variety of partner organisation, best practice and learning for successful Agile projects. Its community of organisations range from enterprise-scale businesses to government departments, SMEs, academic institutes, charities and individuals. Its presence is strongest in the UK, Australia and, increasingly, across Europe.

For further information, please contact:
Mary Henson, CEO
Agile Business Consortium
Tel: + 44 (0)1233 611162
Twitter: @Agile_Biz

Conference Twitter: @agilebc16
Conference hashtag: #agilebc16

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Mary Henson, CEO
Tel: + 44 (0)1233 611162
Twitter: @Agile_Biz

Conference Twitter: @agilebc16
Conference hashtag: #agilebc16

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