Global Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer

Hidekazu Tanaka


I originally promoted agile development as an engineer, but after learning about the startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley, I learned that it is important to fully integrate business and IT to get the true value of agile. After returning to Japan, I changed my career to become a designer and worked on new business creation, and then switched to become a consultant and worked on business consulting and mind transformation for companies. I practiced all the roles and processes of business, idea generation, development, and release. Based on this experience, I am currently working on organizational change to transform Fujitsu's agile process and spread it to the world.


  • Individual lectures related to new business creation and agile software development (Major automobile companies A and B, general trading company C, Osaka Gas Business Create, Doshisha University, Unicornfarm, etc.)
  • Founder and MC, Startup Grind Fukuoka
    (Startup Grind is the world's largest startup community in 600 cities and 125 countries. We established new local chapter of Fukuoka, and we have over 700 members and over 1,000 event participants in first year.)
  • Partner, XPonential Technology Partners (founding and managing member of the global accelerator)
  • Director, Industry-Academia Collaboration Promotion Center, Inc. (Consulting on new business creation and agile software development, etc.)
  • Researcher, Doshisha University Well-being Research Center (Research, discussion and lecture on Agile, SDGs, organization theory and psychology)
  • Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM/CSP-PO. The top two certifications for each role of the Scrum Alliance, an international certification organization for Scrum. There are about 60 certified Scrum professionals in Japan.)
  • Writing, contributing to books, reviewing translations, etc. (“Introduction to Agile Software Development: To consider a new type of organizations towards well-being”, “Contemplating Well-being: Possibilities of Multifaceted Approach”, “Knowledge Integration for the Future”, “SCRUMMASTER THE BOOK”)
  • Planning and organizing many other external events, study groups and workshops

Value Creation

  • Building a common cloud development environment and proposing a development process for the introduction of DevOps, and applying the new approach to projects
  • Building a new business creation workshop based on design thinking, Lean Startup, and agile software development, and creating businesses by mixed teams of students, designers, and Fujitsu engineers in collaboration with the MEXT
  • Creation of open innovation businesses for nurses and town factories in collaboration with local government
  • Consulting for companies aiming to become DX companies, including management reform roadmaps, DX vision building, support for company-wide reform of management, human resources, organization, and technology, strategic technology selection, new business processes, and mind change
  • Lecturer on new business creation and agile mindset training for internal and external directors and executives
  • Investigation of commercialization strategy for medical device research
  • Speaker at external events (Fujitsu Forum, SAFe Day Japan, Agile Japan, etc.)