“Don’t Kata Corners”

Three out of four agile transformations fail based on a McKinsey study created in conjunction with the Agile Alliance in 2022. The number one reason is the lack of cultural change. Using a waterfall process for a transformation, like many companies do, is the wrong recipe for success. Culture does not become alive in powerpoint decks or fancy framework illustrations. Culture changes when people change behaviors and do things differently. Those behaviors don’t change overnight. The Agile Kata is a very unique approach. It is a pattern to drive change by deliberately practicing it until it becomes a new habit. In this talk, Joe shares how the Agile Kata is fundamentally different and how you can apply this universal pattern to improve your agile transformation, reaching a higher degree of business agility, or to improve your agile team process. It can even be the starting point for introducing any agile change into your organization.

Joe Krebs

Joe is the creator of the Agile Kata and the certification program. He is a life-long learner, host of the www.Agile.FM podcast, author (, and a certified trainer who certifies Scrum Master, Agile Coaches and Leaders. Joe has delivered an agile curriculum to thousands of professionals around the globe. His quest for helping organizations to change to a new way of working and agile ways of thinking is directly linked to the creation of the Agile Kata, a universal agile change management pattern. Joe founded Incrementor, an agile coaching and training company located in New York back in 2009. Three years in a row, Incrementor made the prestigous INC 5000 ist.