Arie van Bennekum

He is the Agile keynote speaker at the Regional Scrum Gathering Belgrade 2021.

He is Arie van Bennekum.


Arie van Bennekum is an Agile Thought leader and Strategist. A pragmatic who embeds his pragmatism in structure, discipline and common sense. This eventually led to being one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto. Also to become an expert in the area of Agile Project Management, agile in the core and user involvement.

The real fundament and objectives of Agile have his focus when he speaks, presents, demonstrates and lectures about Agile. The same as a thought leader of the European Agile coaching team Agile in the Core, as chair of the Agile Consortium International and when he lectures at universities. In addition to the practical guidance of Agile transformations, Arie is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and congresses.

Arie has become an expert in the field of business transformations towards Agile based on strategic objectives and link this to very concrete objectives. He focuses on delivering value, bringing efficiency and creating support among stakeholders. Achieved these goals through role and chain clarity based on the business model and the work packages. The intellectual property IATM ( is the basis for this.

He strongly believes in leading based on exemplary behavior. From that perspective is also constantly working on creating/strengthening an Agile (customer-oriented) culture within Wemanity. Belongs to the Thought leaders of Wemanity and Weniversity, together with Jurgen Appelo and Jean-Christophe Conticello.

Moreover, within Wemanity’s culture, there is a strong focus on the continuous development of professionals and organizations. Furthermore, optimal performance based on knowledge sharing and feedback and clear task and division of roles, for optimal value delivery to Wemanity’s customers.

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


Topic: “Agile in 2021’s: Challenges ant the future” (#Agile)


Changing people is impossible. People will only change when they can see their own motivators to do so. If so, what does it take to change a complete organization. What is the approach, especially for the next decade? How do you start, how do you move on once you have started and most of all, how do you sustain that change?


Are you ready as we are? We can’t wait to see him on 7th of October on the Main Stage!