Talk: The rise and fall of an agile transformation

This talk will be given in London at Aginext.io 2019 on 22 March 2019.


The rise and fall of an agile transformation

And the green shoots of recovery

A bittersweet true story

It was going so well. The CEO had recognised business agility as critically relevant to the organisation. A FTSE 100 organisation that’s served its customers for 150 years. A firm whose market share is now threatened by cheaper competition, technology upstarts and market forces.

The CEO had appointed a powerful Director of Transformation to battle against the corporate bear. The transformation programme had assembled 10 courageous lieutenants to build, test and learn how to create opportunities amounting to several £100m.

The delivery teams were proving business agility was possible outside the confines of IT. They were autonomous, had leadership protection and delivered value within weeks. They were mavericks, and they were winning….

Yet, within 12-months the embryonic transformation programme was engulfed by the slower corporation. The CEO had bigger fish to fry. The leadership team went their separate ways. The transformation principles become no more than wistful memories and words printed on a rolled-up abandoned poster.

Yet, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, there are early signs of revival….

Come to this talk to hear this true story of a plucky band of agile transformation pioneers attempting the impossible of moving an organisation across the chasm.

You’ll get lessons and advice from a transformation coach that was in the thick of it.

Talk: No longer distant cousins. Agile working with Finance

The following talk was first given at Agile Tour London 2018

Contact me if you’d like to have this talk given at your organisation or event.


No longer distant cousins. Agile and Finance working together to ensure your organisation makes the right decisions with the right support.

The worlds of agile and finance often feel like distant cousins. Yet, considering the uncertainties of the business environment, they should be interlinked. Interlinked to enable organisations are making the right decisions, with the right people, at the right time, and with the right funds.

This talk will explore how to:

  • Start conversations that’ll create stronger links between agility and finance, and how to keep their shared journey on track.
  • Help create shorter funding cycles that’ll enable teams to strike the right balance between knowledge value and customer value
  • Ensure every discussion, choice and activity increases confidence that team goals will benefit the bottom-line and increase customer satisfaction
  • Help move your organisation from cost-based accounting to value-based outcome-driven accounting
  • Reduce centralised budgeting to allow greater freedom that enables the discovery of new value propositions
  • Help create a financial governance structure that support teams in adapting to change over following a plan

Up your game by supporting your organisation in making better investment choices that supports your teams, stakeholders and customers.