Video: AgileMK – The Agile Organisation and People

This is a talk and interactive session that I ran with Dan Rough at Agile:MK on 1st September 2014.

We speak about The Agile Organisation and its effects – the effects on people, how work is managed and on organisational culture.

We follow up with a practical exercise in small groups – asking participants to list the people and organisational challenges that they have with Agile in their organisations and then to work together to design a time-boxed experiment that they can run to start solving the problem.



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How do you approach Working with Large Organisations?

In this Transformation Dialogues video, Ann Blythman interviews me to understand how I approach working with large organisations and how this differs to smaller ones.

I discuss the importance of understanding local needs, responding to them and fitting them into a global strategy. We explore how focusing on outcomes rather than methods can transform performance by enabling greater freedoms in different geographical and service areas.

We cover how I up-skill people within an organisation and leverage their skills to handle bigger changes. I mention the dangers of building a dependency on a large consultancy team and how I can bring in other specialists when needed.

I hope you enjoy this video and more that follow soon in the Transformation Dialogues series.


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What’s a Recent Example of what it’s like Working with You?

In this Transformation Dialogues video, Ann Blythman interviews me to hear about recent change work I’ve done and to learn more about how I work and what it is like working alongside me.

I discuss the initiation of a major change programme with a £50bn public sector loan provider working with the CEO, executive team and change team on the ground. I talk about the range of work I do and how my hands-on approach works.

We dig into more detail to discuss how I work day-to-day and how education and strategy are folded in and some of my key tools and techniques. We explore how the impact of my work can be measured to assess its value and both the hard and soft benefits that can be expected.

I hope you enjoy this video and more that follow soon in the Transformation Dialogues series.


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Why is Feedback so Important?

In this Transformation Dialogues video, Ann Blythman interviews me to understand why I believe feedback is so important to delivering effective change.

I discuss the importance of feedback and why it is so crucial to discriminate between fashionable theories and practical change.

Through the example of an HR department handling new starters, we explore how feedback can be used to drive improvement in an internal service. We discuss the critical importance of effective collaboration and direct contact between groups to force change and cut through bureaucracy.

Finally, we discuss the importance of embracing failure to create a learning culture in an organisation and how this can be made safe, healthy and low-risk by breaking down work and giving it high visibility.

I hope you enjoy this video and more that follow soon in the Transformation Dialogues series.


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How do you approach Education?

In this Transformation Dialogues video, Ann Blythman interviews me to understand how I approach learning and education when working with clients.

I discuss the type of education I use and the principles behind it, focusing on on-the-job training and interventions.

Ann raises a concern about how long education takes and I explain how this is not a problem due to the practical nature of my approach. Through the example of prioritisation, we discuss my approach and how it works in detail.

I hope you enjoy this video and more that follow soon in the Transformation Dialogues series.


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Transformation Dialogues: The Ambitious Manager

In this, the first of the Transformation Dialogues series of short videos, Ann Blythman interviews me on The Ambitious Manager to find out what it is all about, why I created it, who it is for and to learn more about me and my approach.

I discuss the 4 key frustrations that lead me to create The Ambitious Manager: Attitude, Education, Ownership and Feedback, the challenge of creating transformative change in a digital, mobile, social media world, how ambitious you need to be to work with me and how often organisational ambitious falls sort of what it could be.

I hope you enjoy the video and many more follow soon in the Transformation Dialogues series.


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