In this episode of AgileNEXT, Steve Denning, joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on “The Agile Organization”, innovation at big companies, adding customer value, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:

  • The Agile Organization
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Focusing on the Customer vs Shareholder Value



Steve Denning, organizational storyteller extraordinaire, is the author of several books on management, leadership, innovation and organizational storytelling, including The Leader’s Guide To Radical Management (2010), The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling (Jossey-Bass 2nd ed. 2011), and The Secret Language of Leadership (Jossey-Bass 2010). Steve’s article, “Telling Tales” was published by Harvard Business Review in May 2004.

Steve writes a column on about radical management, leadership, innovation and business storytelling:
Steve is a member of the board of directors of the Scrum Alliance.
Steve is the former program director of knowledge management at the World Bank.


In November 2000, Steve was named as one of the world’s ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders (Teleos).

In June 2006, Steve was recognized as an All-Star Speaker by the International Association of Business Communicators.

In December 2007, The Secret Language of Leadership was selected by the Financial Times in its list of “Best Business Books of 2007”.

In January 2008, The Secret Language of Leadership was selected by 800_CEO-READ, the book distributor, as the best book on leadership in 2007.

In 2010, The Leader’s Guide To Radical Management was selected by 800_CEO-READ, the book distributor, as one of the best five books on management in 2010.


Financial Times: “If business leaders do not immediately grasp the vital insights offered by this book, both they and their organizations are doomed.”– Financial Times, August 29, 2007.

Chip Heath: “Steve Denning is the Warren Buffett of business communication. He sees things others don’t and is able to explain them so the rest of us can understand.” –Chip Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, Stanford University

Specialties:Leadership, innovation and business narrative.
Using story to inspire even difficult audiences with enduring enthusiasm for change.
Using story to generate high-performance groups, i.e. groups that are not only exceptionally productive, but also deeply meaningful for the participants.