Agile Fluency: What We’ve Learned About How We Learn

James Shore



When a team first adopts an Agile method, they stumble a bit. Nothing comes easily. With time and practice, the team gains fluency and Agile becomes second nature. But this fluency is just a plateau. No matter how practiced the team is, there is more to learn and another plateau waiting.

In this keynote, James Shore explores fluency and excellence in Agile. He’ll talk about how he’s seen teams grow in his 14 years of leading Agile teams and the stages of growth those teams go through. From creating value, to delivering, to optimizing, and beyond, James will look at the practices, techniques, and change necessary as teams stretch their understanding of Agile and achieve new levels of excellence.



James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He led his first Agile team in 1999 and was an early adopter of Extreme Programming in 2000. Today, he focuses on helping people understand how all aspects of Agile, from technical, to business, to social, fit together to create successful software projects.

James is an inaugural recipient of the Agile Alliance’s Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice and is co-author of The Art of Agile Development (O’Reilly, 2007). In 2012, InfoQ named him as one of the “most influential people in Agile.” He writes about software development on his “Art of Agile” blog at and he hosts the screencast series “Let’s Code: Test-Driven JavaScript” at