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Arie van Bennekum

Arie van Bennekum is the keynote speaker at the Regional Scrum Gathering Belgrade 2020.

Arie is an Agile Thought leader and Strategist, pragmatist who accommodates his pragmatism in structure, discipline and common sense. He is not afraid to enter untrained paths and take risks. He has done this since his first days in health care, later in the armed forces, and he continues to do so today. This has led to his special position as co-author of the Agile Manifesto.

In the course of his Agile years Arie has become an expert in the field of business transformations towards Agile on the basis of strategic objectives and link this to very concrete objectives. He focuses on delivering value, bringing efficiency and creating support among stakeholders, through role and chain clarity based on the business model and the work packages.

The dissemination of this Agile culture and way of working brings Arie in the strategic focus areas. Improving and connecting comes to the fore in every Agile process, as well as creating a performance and development culture. Strategic clarity is expressed in translating the strategy into specific workflows. Investment space is obtained by delivering more effectively, more efficiently and more customer-oriented. Examples of this are business cases of Delta, Metro Systems, Bosch, can also be found on the website.

The intellectual property IATM ( is basis for this. Arie strongly believes in leading on the basis of exemplary behavior and from that perspective is also constantly working on creating / strengthening an Agile (customer-oriented) culture within Wemanity.

Moreover, within Wemanity’s culture, there is a strong focus on continuous development of professionals and organization, optimal performance based on knowledge sharing and feedback and clear task and division of roles, for an optimal value delivery to Wemanity’s customers. In addition to the practical guidance of Agile transformations, Arie is a much sought-after speaker at international congresses, gives client awareness sessions and lectures at universities.

During his career Arie has been (in this order) working in the health care, working in the military as a platoons commander, a software developer, a project manager, Agile Coach, Agile Speaker, co-author of the Agile Manifesto. Next to this career path Arie has been lecturing on multiple universities. 20 years in Rotterdam, 7 years in Amsterdam, 3 years in Utrecht and guest lectures on various universities across the globe.


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