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How do you build a Heart ?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

According to Dassault Systèmes 95% of medical devices for the heart are untested in humans. That’s where technology becomes key ..

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The Heart of the Future



I caught the latest by Adam Jacob in his Chef 2016 this quote stood out and got me thinking

If technology can help you to go home to yourself and take care of anger, take care of your despair, take care of your loneliness, if technology helps you to create joyful feelings , happy feelings for yourself and your beloved ones, its going in a good way and you can make use of good technology. Thich Naht Hanh The Horse is Technology


Drive Innovation Ship Ideas as software Increase Company Velocity

Agile Transition or Agile Transformation

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016


I have noticed changes in the industry, in the media, and the language that people are using in organisations globally. Its taking most organisations away from significant profits and moving them to quick wins that are costing these corporations and organisations about 480% in unrealised benefits.


What is in a word, well quite a lot. Its why marketing departments, PR guru’s spend budgets getting colours correct, words right and ensuring that the message is correct and consistent.

Here is your Question

When did you replace the word Transformation to Transition?

How many people in how many organisations/corporations are you now using the word transition instead of the word transformation?

How effective have these organisations and corporations been in agile adoption since you have been using Transition to Agile instead of undertaking an Agile Transformation?

Success leaves Clues

What I observed and took part in one of the worlds most successful Agile Transformation at Suncorp Bank, successful Agile Transformation left lots of clues.

  1. 100% Top Down Support
  2. 100% Bottom Up Implementation
  3. 100% Self Organising Teams
  4. Clear Agile Strategy
  5. Agile Metrics
  6. Xtreme Programming, Scrum and Agile for pilot projects.
  • Suncorp communicated constantly
  • Suncorp celebrated success
  • Suncorp retrospected the retrospectives
  • Suncorp encouraged learning
  • Suncorp invested in training for every agile role in the Agile team
  • Suncorp created an Agile Academy

Telstra followed Suncorp to stand on the shoulders of giants, what I observed and experienced taking  part in the Telstra Agile Transformation, was Telstra embarked on a 1st of its kind global Agile Transformation. Telstra were initially told, that the transformation would fail.

Telstra did not listen, they went to USA, they researched, they started out on their own, without assistance, and along the way, strategy partners joined and the solution to the most ambitious Agile Transformation was discovered. Five of their main suppliers to go Agile with them. It was their Success Criteria, for if they changed so did the people that did business with them need to change.

“If you are changing the way you are doing business , then the people that do business with you need to change with you” – Naomi McGill -Agile Achievement

Telstra was changing the way it was doing business it was already undertaking an Agile Transformation with Suncorp cheering from the side lines.

Suncorp merged six companies into one during their Agile Transformation.

Telstra needed its suppliers to be just as fast as Telstra was moving internally.

Telstra’s suppliers had to transform to Agile to keep doing business

Telstra’s Agile Transformation took 6 companies along the Journey

If you think Scaling Agile is too hard for your organisation think about Scaling Agile across 5 suppliers and yourself. This is Global Agile

Preservation and Conservation of current ways of doing business with Telstra changed

Agile Transition

Transition is a waste of the corporations/organisations money, time, assets and people. Lasting change and the benefits of Agile are only achieved by the “Technology of Applying” the principles, framework in place across the whole organisation .

  1. Funding Model
  2. Idea to Market Model
  3. Organisation Model
  4. Communication Model

Be clear when you communicate with your staff, your clients, corporations/organisation, your vendors. If you take the road of transition your expected improvement gain is 20%. You will not see lasting change, your project, your team, your staff, your company, your clients, your suppliers at any point can roll back the transition, and the transition will not in most cases bubble the organisation forward to multiple transitions simultaneously inspiring the organisation forward into new products, new processes, new ways of thinking.

Agile Transformation

Agile Transformation will move and take the organisation/corporation forward and that requires courage, a plan, a centre of agile excellence. The economy does not preserve and conserve the profits from ten years ago. Most companies consolidate, get merged, get acquired, sell off, get out or go under without Transformation.

From 2010 to 2014 Australia was the only country in the world to see simultaneous  banking and telecommunications corporations undertake Agile Transformations at the same time.


Another word making its ways into Agile is Experiments. As most billion dollar organisations have a high regulatory environment. The idea of experimentation is a curious one from a quality and compliance perspective.

This idea of experimenting is great only if the framework of Agile Transformation is in place. Telstra set out on its experimentation once it had made the decision to make an Agile Transformation.

Telstra did not experiment with this Agile thing to see if it would work and then take the rest of the organisation Agile if it did.

Agile Evolution

Training & Coaching

Training a group of people for 2 days and expecting the organisation to be Agile as a result is a common mistake. Getting a coach and thinking that will make the organisation Agile is also another common mistake.

Telstra established a clear route to success modelled of what Suncorp Bank had achieved through their Agile Training Academy. Telstra trained every single person from an Agile Team, they tailored the training, on Agile, their specific role, how it fitted with other roles. No one was left in doubt to figure it out on their own.

The journey was taken together and everyone in the organisation changed and grew together. Improvements and changes welcomed and more and more solutions were found to complex challenges as suppliers came into the mix. Suppliers were trained, Telstra was open about achieving Agile Transformation.

I know this through experience, as I trained suppliers, teams, parts of the executive business as a national Agile trainer during the Agile Transformation.

Enterprise Agile & Centres of Excellence

  1. Resolve complex organisational waste issues including governance, finance and HR.
  2. Establish Agile CoE (ACE) Charter
  3. Create Communication Plan
  4. Develop an Adoption strategy
  5. Gather Metrics and Feedback
  6. Report Progress
  7. Identify improvement opportunities

Creating an Agile CoE to enhance and scale capabilities in applying Agile processes and practices to deliver business value when strategic objectives or critical capabilities in an enterprise require ongoing focus and specialty skills.

Transform to Enterprise Agile

Remember Enterprise Agile Transformation is not about one or two teams doing agile in a billion dollar highly regulated company.

Enterprise agility is more about being able to inspect and adapt across and at large. It’s about making smaller tactical execution plans & strategy at the executive level. It’s about having the ability to balance the sales and marketing side of the business with your ability to create working products & flowing processes.  How you then continuously support those products in a sustainable way. Enterprise agility is about integrating finance models and human resources so that your entire business is setup to respond to changes in the market, and holistically you are able to deliver the most value possible within the time and cost constraints you have identified or have firmly established.

20% Improvement or 500% Improvement for me there is no question which you would invest in to achieve the results for your organisation or corporation .

If you would like to discuss your transformation please email for a confidential discussion.


Scaled Agile : Telstra Case Study & Experience Centre

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Recently the Telstra Case study of Scaled Agile was blogged and presented at Agile Australia

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Screen Shot 2013-07-21 at 3.40.36 PMTelstra is Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet. When Telstra’s Enterprise Data Warehouse delivery team began their Agile journey, they found themselves struggling to make the leap from agile projects to an Agile program.  After reading Scaling Software Agility and Agile Software Requirements,” notes Mark Richards (Agile Coach) and Em Campbell-Pretty (General Manager, EDW Delivery), “we were inspired to establish Telstra’s first Agile Release Train.
” Later, they both followed up with SPC certification to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

This Case Study and presentation, from Agile Australia 2013 in June, covers how SAFe provided a recipe for success, reflecting on how Telstra translated Program-level SAFe theory into practice, transforming not only the delivery capability of the EDW team, but also the culture.

Here is a link to the slides and case study

On other news this week an inspired visit to Telstra’s experience centre, where partners like Samsung, Cisco, Microsoft, Polycom have digital labs showcasing some exciting things in the future.

The overall theme of the centre is about  improved connectedness with customers/employees around the country or across the world through these new technologies.

These included products such as the pack and fold V-Pod, stand alone video conferencing, that could be placed in rural or remote areas such as libraries, schools, hospitals, councils etc. It reminded me of looking at the public phone of the future a V-Pod.

A connected home also was a highlight which showcased the latest integrated control systems for the home. Via the use of a single tablet (eg an iPad), all the home’s electrical devices can be controlled with one swipe of a finger, replacing several remote controls. television, internet, Foxtel, home security, the lights, and surround sound, could all be controlled easily with one single device.

The next horizon medical lab was a highlight, which is also featured in the Telstra Our Connected Future video at the top of this blog, showcasing some of the things that Telstra have in the experience centre.

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The best customer driven innovation in UI…

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This is Tom Cruise Minority Report … Futuristic Right Now at 3 in Sweden

Customized multi-touch experience and the system is capable of detecting multiple fingers and hands at the same time.

“3 Live Shop” from B-Reel on Vimeo.

This is my absolute favourite thing I have seen in Telco innovation, partnering with a really cool group called B Reel…

The other interesting stuff like minority report is from oblong

Agile Tour Sydney 2012

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Yesterday we presented to a full session at the Agile Tour Sydney 2012, Agile Achievement were one of the sponsors of the event which was focused around agile practioners @agiletoursyd #agiletoursyd12

Here is the murmuration video from the session it shows the amazing natural occurrence rarely caught on video

Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.

Agile Achievement’s director Naomi McGill presented a 1hour workshop and it was a hot topic for everyone that attended.

Those that attended joined a very unique 100% experiential workshop on Agile Transformation, the 4 groups were challenged to present their findings at the end of the session. At one point a group took a fire extinguisher from to wall to assist with their demonstration.

As a result some of the slides that were scheduled to be shown are now available for home viewing or back at your desk.

If you want an email of the slide pack that will support the Shrinking the Gap on Agile Transformation process please email us directly

There was a host of speakers at the event and a special mention to a session run by Anne-Marie Challett on It’s Not Manual or Automated its Sapient was really unique.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

This RSA video featuring Dan Pink’s Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us is a great few minutes to take time to reflect on the Why?  It also has a special cameo mention of the creators of Jira – so its Agile related …

We have all been laughing at “I Want to Run an Agile Project”

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

We have been all getting a few laughs at this video I want to run an Agile Project

Brad Pitt on Agile – MoneyBall Agile Transformation Master Class

Friday, November 25th, 2011

The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Could Baseball really have anything in common with Agile?

Well up until Brad Pitt’s portrayal of baseball manager Billie Bean in Money Ball (I would have said no)

But when you look at this film, and its correlations between any organisation taking on Agile you will soon agree that Hollywood has again produced a 90 minute Agile masterclass.

We follow the trials and tribulations of Oakland & Billie Bean who have a limited budget, limited time and a dream to win. Sounds like a few projects I know, there is a classic scene where Brad Pitt goes to ask for more money, and is advised you have to work with the budget you have. (this is where the creativity kicks in & Oakland go Agile)

Of course there is the moment in the video clip below that also illustrates perfectly the fine balance and separation of duties between iteration manager (IM) & project manager (PM). (watch out for Brad Pitt saying “I never watch the game”)

The principle of Agile workshops are clear to see as well. Highlighting the importance of stakeholder participation in the early stages so that everyone involved in the project is there, despite the project manager’s (Brad Pitt) table manners.

There is a strong sense of iteration management & release planning in this moment when they are reviewing the players refered to as an Island of Misfit Players

There is a championship moment available for any organisation willing to take the leap into Agile, it’s a practice that is clearly working not just in Baseball, but in Financial Institutions, Software Houses, Telecommunications even Lonely Planet Guides.

Fear is one the biggest things faced by the organisation when going Agile.

Agile training is one of the keys to getting the organisation ready and helping people emerge themselves into the principles of Agile so that if the ball is thrown from them in any direction hopefully in time they will relax into the concept of “fail fast early” and be able to adjust adapt get on with the winning rest of the game.

This week we had a group so comfortable they even took their shoes off..

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