#46 - Business Agility - Evan Leybourn

Tech Lead Journal

Jul 12 2021 • 51 mins

“Business agility is a set of organizational capabilities, behaviors, and ways of working that afford your business the freedom, flexibility, and resilience to achieve its purpose, no matter what the future brings."

Evan Leybourn is the founder and CEO of Business Agility Institute. In this episode, Evan shared about the current maturity of agile adoption and how agile has matured over the years by looking at 3 different agility categories, including business agility. Evan then explained further what business agility means, and his interesting story of why he started the Business Agility Institute. He then explained in-depth the concept of business agility domains, a model comprising 12 different interacting domains across four dimensions centred around the customer. We then discussed his theory of agile constraints and Evan shared his insights on why he thinks Agile and DevOps transformations are currently hitting diminishing returns and how we should address it by continuously finding the constraint to solve. Evan also touched on and shared about the recent Business Agility Institute research finding on why many agile organizations unconsciously fail to embed and support Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) within the organizations.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:04:56]
  • Current Maturity of Agile Adoption - [00:09:24]
  • Business Agility - [00:16:57]
  • Business Agility Institute - [00:21:15]
  • Agile & DEI - [00:27:45]
  • Business Agility Domains - [00:30:59]
  • Theory of Agile Constraints - [00:40:28]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:46:45]


Evan Leybourn’s Bio
Evan is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and support next-generation organisations: Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic - perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. As well as leading the Business Agility Institute, Evan is also the author of Directing the Agile Organisation (2012) and #noprojects: A Culture of Continuous Value (2018).

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