101 Ways is a product-focused, technology consultancy
what we do
We build great teams
to build great products
In our experience, many companies struggle to build high-performing teams quickly and effectively. At 101 Ways we work on the basis of selecting the best individuals for a specific project. We build teams of highly skilled people who share our philosophy and values and we actively manage and support our people through the life of a project. Our aim is to build great teams that work brilliantly together in order to build great products.
We help our clients get stuff done. We advise, we lead, we do - often all in one!
We advise on all aspects of digital & agile. We can help optimise or transform product, technology and delivery from beginning to end by providing consulting, training and coaching.
Our work with a client usually begins with an assessment of some kind, where we speak with people and look at how things are set up and how they’re going from a product, technology or delivery perspective, often all in one.
We typically do this through interviews, observation, looking at code and other materials, and/or through collaborative exercises with teams.
Based on our many years of expertise and the insight we gain from this assessment, we share our views on where we think there is room for improvement and what would be some good next steps to take the teams to the next level.
The focus isn’t on implementing any one methodology, but rather on understanding what a client is trying to achieve, the problems they face and how we would go about setting up for success.
We take our client’s vision and get it done. Our people are experts in digital & agile and provide leadership in product, technology and delivery - especially at manager, coach and director level.
All our leadership people have a tremendous depth of experience across either product, technology, delivery or all three. All are experts in agile ways of working. They’ve been around the block a few times (in the nicest possible way!). This is necessarily so, as they’re typically brought in to help clients manage and deliver some of their most critical and complex projects.
Sometimes our leadership is focused on organisational change and transformation; other times it is focused on delivery of an important project or programme. Often it is both at the same time, where we lead the delivery of a project to build a new product or extend an existing one, together with new ways of working.
Our aim is always to leave our clients with a better product and better ways of working when we leave. As well as a sense of a job really well done.
Our clients come to us for hand picked, top quality people - all with a wealth of experience to their names. We help provide stand-alone project teams (we call them Pop-up teams) as well as key individuals who will work with and lead existing client teams and help our clients get stuff done.
Our popup teams are typically made up of a mix of product, delivery and tech people, forming a cross-functional team and working together with the client’s own people.
Whatever the project, our teams are well aware of the importance of working hand-in-hand with our client’s people to ensure good quality and delivery and also to make sure there’s a smooth transition when it’s time for us to leave.
We are collaborative in nature and place a very big emphasis on integrating well with the client, so there are no trails of destruction left in our wake. Instead we always aim to leave our clients in a better place than when we started.
Our most successful teams are those where we work closely together with key client people, in order to build knowledge of the organisation and product, as well as to carry on the good work when the project is delivered and we’re gone.
product, tech, delivery
We believe successful product development requires a careful balance of product, tech and delivery.
We bring together all three to deliver great results.
why choose 101 ways?
Working with 101 Ways removes the load of finding the right calibre people for a project. There’s also the reassurance of knowing that there are senior 101ers on hand to provide ongoing team management and support overall delivery. All of which helps to free up time and energy for our clients to focus on other things. Choosing 101 Ways to build and manage your teams allows you to ramp up fast and get things done, even in situations where your own management folks may not have the bandwidth to do so.
For people working with 101 Ways, we work hard to create a really supportive and inclusive environment that helps people to give their best and do great work. We understand that retaining the flexibility and autonomy of working independently is important for many of our consultants. Knowing there’s support available when it’s needed which can make a real difference to the experience on a particular project, especially when things get challenging. The support might be a friendly ear over a coffee, a more formal retro about project specifics or making sure you don’t have to worry about where your next gig is coming from. Then there’s always the opportunity to join in with our many clubs and social events that give 101 Ways a real sense of community.