Karl Smith
Co Founder Agile World
UK Director Organisational Agility
Agile World Inc

Karl Smith was born in Kent, grew up in Beckenham and currently lives in Scotland. He has focused his life on problem solving, to fix the everyday problems of humans.

He has always been fascinated by how technology can augment the lives of humans;

“My desire was not to build things that humans already do but to find out how technology could evolve our human experience.”

He has been named in the Top 100 Thought Leaders and Influencers to follow in 2021 by Thinkers360 and is currently ranked number One Globally by Thinkers360 as the Thought Leader and Influencer for Agile and the Future of Work.

Most recently he was involved in the creation and operations of the largest online free Agile festival in history with over 800 conferences and events in February 2021 to celebrate 20 years of Agile, Agile20Reflect Festival as a Trustee and CTO.

He is an avid learner and polymath from school to Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Middlesex University and later Napier University his knowledge sits across design, engineering, science and the humanities. He is best known for launching new global business capabilities or optimizing existing ones and provides consultancy service worldwide.

Karl Smith is a prolific writer in spite of his dyslexia, his blog is widely reposted and syndicated. He has been recognised for his work to date by the British Computer Society with a Fellowship.

Client Case Study – HSBC Global 

Strategy and Product Owner new ways of working agile transformation for Transformation Product Owner supporting the application of agile from strategy to BAU. Focused on Clarity (financial management, LPM), Rally (work allocation and data hub), Jira/Azure DevOps/IBM (work management, planning and retrospectives) and ARO (for pipelines CI, CD), Value Stream Idea to Value data analytics and practical delivery of operational Agile Transformation. End to end systemic automated reporting for CIO, COO, Value Stream Leads, Platform (people not technology) Leads and Teams. 

Client Case Study – NatWest Bank (The Royal Bank of Scotland)

Strategy and Product Owner of 60 new organisations in Retail and Commercial Banks and Technology and working at Group (for regulatory). Leading ways of working core team directly supporting the programme sponsor and c-suite in Transformation involving 88,000 staff in the UK.  Delivery of new Target Operating Model TOM and ITOM, using SAFe, LeSS, Scrum, service design methodology in an idea to value workflow (value slicing) along customer journeys that define the organisational construct.


Agile Myths you thought True

The business world is awash with myths and miscommunications about Agile, what is gained, what changes and how it really works. In this session, Sabrina and Karl Hosts of Agile World talk show share some insights gleaned from their guests and reflect upon them from the experience of their own external consultancy work.