IT Transformation

Agile is often the subject of an entire IT transformation within an organisation. But what is IT transformation? Transformation means different things for different organisations and what it is depends entirely on each organisation's own unique situation, and what they are trying to achieve. It's also something that keeps changing, as the organisation, customers and the market continues to change,...

Agile Games – ball point game

For those of you that believe in learning through play, the ball point game (invented I believe by Boris Gloger) is one game I can heartily recommend. I recently had the privilege of working independently with one of London's top media companies and helping them...

The Value of Stable Teams

As a senior manager, one of the most valuable things you can do for any development team is to create an organizational structure that enables stable teams.  Permanent, lasting teams; not teams that assemble for a project and then disband to reform around a new...

UK Agile Awards 2011 – Shortlist Announced

Hi everyone.  The shortlisted entries for the UK Agile Awards 2011 has now been announced.  You can see the full list here - Agile Awards 2011 Shortlist. I'm pleased to see IPC Media, my current company, has been shortlisted for the Most Engaged Management...

Remember that Agile is about Quality and Business Value

Recently, I had an interesting discussion with a companion about Agile Processes and the need for corporations, communities or groups to change their approach to planning and doing work. We were discussing using OpenAgile as a Framework. The person I was talking...

Seeing the Wind

I’ve just spent the past week at Junior Sailing Camp, helping kids circa age 10 become better sailors. At this age, they’ve learned many of the basic concepts: that pushing the tiller to starboard turns the boat to port, that they need to pull the sail in when...

Which Agile Methodology Do You Use?

If you haven't done this poll yet, please spare about 5 seconds of your time to let me know what agile methodology (or combination or methods) you are using? It would be great to get some more feedback from the community on this; then I can show the results compared...

Agile Glossary

Damon Poole (who blogs at Do It Yourself Agile) and Kristine Englert from AccuRev have pulled together an agile glossary, to help people come to terms with the ever-growing array of jargon and terminology we use in the agile community. You can see it here: Agile...

Video interview: Overcoming Agile Obstacles

Here’s another video interview recorded by Yvette Francino of SearchSoftwareQuality.com at the ADP/West 2011 Confierence.  

Time as a Competitive Advantage

An article I read in 1988 has always stuck with me. The article was “Time–The Next Source of Competitive Advantage” by George Stalk in the Harvard Business Review. The article came near the start of an era in which companies primarily sought competitive advantage...

Waterfall Works!

When I'm providing training or giving a talk on Agile Software Development, I love to shock the attendees with the following statement: Waterfall works! Gasps of disbelief abound... "WTF?!  This guy who has just described how he has been working with Agile for...

Agile Transformation

I have already started, but want again to continue talking about an easy subject: Transforming a company to agile. Well, not so easy. But not as hard as some people think. 'A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.' We are too easily discouraged by...

Cycles, Cycles, Cycles

One of the problems in integrating Agile delivery or continuous delivery into enterprises is the differences in cycles. Companies have tended to run on annual budgeting cycles, longer strategic planning cycles, with some, although not always close coordination...


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HANNAH JOYCE
GLASS'S INFORMATION SERVICES

“Kelly was engaged as a Program Director on a complex business and technology transformation program for Suncorp Commercial Insurance. Kelly drew on his key capabilities and depth of experience to bring together disparate parties in a harmonised way, ensuring the initiate and concept phases of the program were understood and well formulated. Excellent outcome in a very short time frame. ”

BRUCE WEIR/EGM
SUNCORP

“Kelly is an extremely talented and visionary leader. As such he manages to inspire all around him to achieve their best. He is passionate about agile and has a wealth of experience to bring to bear in this area. If you're 'lucky' he might even tell you all about his agile blog. Above all this, Kelly is great fun to work with. He is always relaxed and never gets stressed - and trust me, he had plenty of opportunity here! If you get the chance to work with Kelly, don't pass it up.”

GILES BENTLEY, DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
TIME INC

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BEATRIZ MONTOYA/CONSUMER MARKETING DIRECTOR
IPC MEDIA

“Kelly came to the department and has really made a huge impact on how the department communicates, collaborates and generally gets things done. We were already developing in an agile way, but Kelly has brought us even more into alignment with agile and scrum best practices, being eager to share information and willing to work with us to change our processes rather than dictate how things must be done. He is highly knowledgable about agile development (as his active blog proves) but his blog won't show what a friendly and knowledgeable guy he is. I highly recommend Kelly to anyone looking for a CTO or a seminar on agile/scrum practices - you won't be disappointed!”

ANDY JEFFRIES/TECHNICAL LEAD
IPC MEDIA

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JULIE PEEL
GLASS'S INFORMATION SERVICES

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DAN PULHAM, DIGITAL DIRECTOR
TELSTRA

“Kelly revolutionised the way our digital department operated. A true advocate of agile principles, he quickly improved internal communication within our teams and our internal clients by aligning our business and creating a much enhanced sense of transparency in the decisions the business was making. Kelly also introduced a higher sense of empowerment to the development teams...”

PETER SILVA-JANKOWSKI
IPC MEDIA

“Kelly and I worked together on a very large project trying to secure a new Insurer client. Kelly had fantastic commercial awareness as well as his technical expertise. Without him I would never had secured this client so I owe a lot to him. He is also a really great guy!”

GINA MILLARD
GLASS'S INFORMATION SERVICES

“Kelly’s a leading program director with the ability to take charge from day one and keep strong momentum at both a program and project level driving prioritisation, resourcing and budgeting agendas. Kelly operates with an easy-going style and possesses a strong facilitation skill set. From my 5 months experience working with Kelly, I would recommend Kelly to program manage large scale, complex, cross company change programs both from a business and IT perspective.”

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SUNCORP

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