Agile Fluency Project

About Us

The Agile Fluency® community of practice exists to achieve a world in which Agile provides meaningful benefits to every organization that follows it; where all Agile teams sustain continuous improvement; and where each Agile team performs at the level of fluent proficiency that best fits their needs.

Our Story

After decades as consultants, James Shore and Diana Larsen fashioned the Agile Fluency Model from their personal observations and deep practical experience. As an early supporter of the Model, Martin Fowler published their seminal article in 2012. Diana and James published an update in 2018.

Following a series of collaborations using the Agile Fluency Model to serve consulting clients, James and Diana co-founded the Agile Fluency Project in 2015 with the goal of nurturing the Agile Fluency community. Since then, they’ve taught hundreds of people to apply Agile Fluency ideas to improve their organizations and teams, and created an enthusiastic community of practitioners.

In 2021, James Shore published the second edition of The Art of Agile Development, which builds on the Model to provide a concrete and practical how-to guide for improving teams’ fluency.

Diana Larsen

Photo: Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen is the author of Lead Without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams, Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams, and Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. For more than three decades she has worked with leaders to design team-based work systems, support leadership and enterprise agility, and deliver event keynotes and talks.

An enthusiastic contributor to her professional community, Diana has contributed in leadership roles for the Organization Design Forum and the Agile Alliance, among others. Learn more about Diana’s current work at She lives in Portland, Oregon, in an active multigenerational household.

James Shore

Photo: James Shore

James Shore is the author of The Art of Agile Development and a recipient of the Agile Alliance’s Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice. 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 the technical, business, and social aspects of Agile fit together to create successful software.

James is a prolific author and screencaster who appears at conferences around the world. His writing, videos, and presentations may be found at He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.