About us

agileKRC is a pioneering network of the UK’s leading agile consultants, coaches and trainers that help organisations transform the way they achieve results.

Founded in 1995 by agile thought-leader Keith Richards, agileKRC was involved in agile even before the Agile Manifesto! agileKRC has helped shape agile thinking by leading the teams that developed AgilePM® and wrote PRINCE2 Agile®.

Based in London, UK, agileKRC uses innovative approaches to assist organisations achieve greater agility.

Our values

Our motto is “do as you would be done by”. Which is why we put the following core values at the heart of our relationships.

  • Honesty – we believe in acting with integrity and telling it like it is.
  • Trustworthiness – we want results of our actions to speak for themselves.
  • Passion – we are passionate about the transforming capabilities of agile.
  • Result oriented – we hope and expect to be measured by our results.
  • Simplicity – we believe that the best things in life are always the simplest.
  • Collaborative – we believe that the best outcomes require working together.
  • Diversity – we believe the world is enriched by respecting people from all backgrounds.
  • Fun – we believe that to succeed, learning to change should be fun, not arduous.

Our story

agileKRC has been working with agile since the 1990s, and along the way has been involved in many key agile developments. Today agileKRC continues to innovate and develop new methods and approaches.

This is the story of agile pioneers.

The early days

1995

After working at IBM and experiencing its embryonic approach to a new agile philosophy, Keith Richards recognised that agile was the future. He left to set up agileKRC, offering agile consulting services to organisations.

1997

In the mid-nineties, RAD (Rapid Application Development) became the rage in the IT industry but just as quickly fell into disrepute. [MORE]

2000

PRINCE2® was now becoming the dominant method in project management. Although seen by many as bureaucratic, it did manage projects in a sensible and controlled way. [MORE]

2001

The agile manifesto was published, signaling the arrival of a new breed of lightweight approaches to software development. [MORE]

DSDM

2002

One of the early agile frameworks DSDM was growing in popularity. Its focus on a collaborative ‘timeboxed’ approach to delivery and a rich communication environment offered many advantages over PRINCE2.

agileKRC identified DSDM as a key agile approach for the future but not to the exclusion of others.

2003

agileKRC developed workshops and courses for customers needing help with scaling agile to fit into larger and more complex corporate cultures.

2004

Keith became a director of the DSDM consortium and within months was the new Technical Director. He created a vision to evolve DSDM into something fit for the new millennium. [MORE]

2005

Keith approached APMG International with a view to taking DSDM to a wider audience. This resulted in a DSDM Foundation qualification. Later Keith helped APMG develop plans to create an agile project management qualification.

2006

Keith investigated and researched how to evolve DSDM. Keith’s team consulted with the agile community, challenged existing ideas, and canvassed a wide variety of opinions. Work on the new framework began.

2007

Keith was the lead author and led a team of 30 people to create the updated DSDM framework (DSDM Atern).

This version of DSDM later evolved into the successful AgilePM® qualification for project managers.

Keith wrote the ground-breaking book  ‘Agile Project Management: running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM’.

AgilePM

2009

agileKRC materials and input shaped the next steps in the evolution of DSDM. This becomes a new qualification for agile project managers in the form of AgilePM.

2010

The corporate strength agile project management qualification (AgilePM) was launched by APMG. agileKRC was at the forefront of creating and delivering this qualification.

2011

Keith was voted “Most Valuable Agile Player UK” by his peers in the agile community. This was a proud moment for agileKRC – recognition for a decade’s work promoting the wider acceptance of agile.

2012

With the growth of Scrum, agileKRC started helping organisations apply Scrum in larger enterprise-wide contexts. Keith co-authored  ‘The DSDM project framework for SCRUM’, describing how aspects of DSDM’s Agile Project Framework can complement an organisation’s existing Scrum practices.

PRINCE2 Agile

2014

AXELOS selected Keith to be the lead author and Chief Examiner for PRINCE2 Agile®.

This is now an accredited PRINCE2 Agile course and qualification that builds on people’s existing knowledge of PRINCE2 and enables them to tailor PRINCE2 in an agile context.

2016

Keith was selected to be the agile mentor for the next update to PRINCE2, the world’s most popular project management method. This update offered clearer guidance on tailoring PRINCE2 on agile projects.

2018

agileKRC was independently verified as a Leader for Agile Project Management training in the Trusted Training Radar® report.

2019

For the 2nd year running agileKRC was independently verified again as a Leader for Agile Project Management training in the Trusted Training Radar® report.

2020

For the 3rd successive year, agileKRC again achieved Leader status for Agile Project Management training in the Trusted Training Radar® report.

2020s

agileKRC continues to be prominent in today’s agile community – always eager to learn, challenge, develop and contribute for the common good.

agileKRC regularly presents at conferences and seminars and are proud to be seen as thought leaders in this growing and vibrant community.

Our future

Today, agile is no longer confined to small-scale software development projects. Robust and scalable agile applications in IT and non-IT environments are now common.

Moving agile beyond the software delivery level at organisations is the future.

With the world still grappling with how to recover from the Covid pandemic, there are huge opportunities for organisations which can achieve greater organisational agility.

As you would expect, agileKRC is at the forefront of helping organisations achieve greater agility today.

Get in touch

For information about our agile training or consulting services in the UK or globally, then start a conversation. Our experienced and passionate consultants are here to talk with you.

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Trademarks

PRINCE2® and PRINCE2 Agile® are registered trade marks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.