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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.


3D Experience & Mobility

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Got a surface, got a few minutes to think about how you would like to design one of the most common things you interact with on a weekly basis then watch this with Microsoft Dassault Systèmes Apriso

Chris Colyer, Senior Director, Worldwide Alliances and Channels Microsoft and Olivier Ribet, Vice-President High-Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes discuss how mobility can increase productivity at the 2014 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM North America.

To get your heart racing about what is possible in customer experience and design watch high-end 3D visualization projects produced for a customers from automotive, transportation, aerospace, lifestyle, and industrial industries.


Agile Workshop Kings College London 21st October 2014

Sunday, December 21st, 2014


Naomi McGill presented an Agile Workshop 21st October 2014 at Kings College London for the

Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences as part of the King’s Careers & Employability

The session was filmed in future proof 4k using a Sony 4k Camera and students worked through a number of Agile challenges from Telecommunications to Space Exploration.

SpaceApps Welcome Video from ISS from Open Innovation Program at NASA on Vimeo.

NASA – Spot The Station & ISS Spotter App

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Nasa have a link when you spot the International Space Station

NASA – Spot The Station.


Also check out the ISS Spotter App via MSN Tech

If you’ve ever noticed a bright, white light streaming high up in a clear sky just after sunset, you’ll know that witnessing the International Space Station (ISS) from 248 miles below it is one of the best things to look at in the night sky. At its brightest and best about an hour after the sun has dipped below the horizon but is still catching the solar panels of the orbiting laboratory, the ISS is unmistakable once you’ve seen it, but its orbit is rather erratic from our point of view.

ISS Spotter turns a chance encounter with the ISS into a regular, predictable event by plotting its progress on a world map. It also checks your own location and produces a list of that month’s exactly timed sightings (they usually come on three successive days every month or so) complete with optional alarm.

You’ll be surprised by its initial brightness; it streaks across the sky in about three or four minutes (and around the globe in just 90 minutes), and looks truly supersonic through a pair of binoculars, fading as it races east and away from the Sun’s rays. ISS Spotter is a great way to kick-start some stargazing. Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad


Read the latest about a Russian Cargo Ship Docking with the International Space Station

A Russian Progress cargo ship loaded with 2.8 tons of supplies and equipment blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday, streaked into orbit and carried out an automated rendezvous with the International Space Station, gliding to a picture-perfect docking five hours and 47 minutes after liftoff.

The cargo ship’s Soyuz booster engines ignited with a rush of flame at 5:44 p.m. EDT and quickly throttled up to full thrust, pushing the rocket away from the launching stand into the plane of the space station’s orbit.

Eight minutes and 45 seconds later, the Progress M-24M spacecraft, the 56th Russian cargo ship launched to the station since assembly began in 1998, separated from the booster’s upper stage. A few moments after that, navigation antennas and two solar panels unfolded as planned.

The spacecraft then carried out nearly a dozen rocket firings over four orbits to catch up with the space station and properly position iteself for final approach. Following standard procedure, cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Maxim Suraev stood by in the station’s Zvezda command module, ready to take over by remote control if the cargo ship’s guidance system ran into problems.

But the system appeared to perform flawlessly, guiding the Progress M-24M spacecraft to a smooth autonomous docking at the Earth-facing Pirs module at 11:31 p.m. as the two spacecraft sailed 259 miles above the Pacific Ocean west of Peru.

“We have contact,” a cosmonaut radioed as the docking systems engaged.

“Congratulations, guys,” a Russian flight controller replied.

The cargo ship was packed with 1,764 pounds of propellant, 105 pounds of oxygen and air, 926 pounds of water and 2,910 pounds of supplies, spare parts and research hardware.

The Progress M-24M spacecraft is the second of four cargo ships expected to arrive over the next two months following the successful launch and berthing of an Orbital Sciences Cygnus supply ship that reached the station July 16.

The European Space Agency’s fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle, or ATV, is on track for launch July 29, setting up a docking at the aft port of the Zvezda command module on Aug. 12. A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral on Sept. 12, arriving at the station two days later.

Mobile Transformation – APPS for SPACE

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


Recently I met with Nick Skytland, world-famous for thinking globally and championing the concept of open collaboration as part of NASA and the space apps challenge

The big takeaway from Nick is not just open collaboration, transparency, and that the market has more brain power than a company that has 16,000 phd’s but a simple idea

Mobile transformation in the form of solving problems for space ultimately also solve problems back down here on earth. Our exploration of space is about our exploration of earth.

Take a look at two apps that have been developed as part of the open collaboration using a concept development using #rhok random hacks of kindness




Bored of Earth Get Ready for a 9 year One Way Trip to Mars

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Mars One is taking applications for a 9 year One Way Trip to Mars

Here are some of the criteria you need before applying to literally a job offer out of this world.

What are the qualifications to apply?


In 2013 Mars One will conduct a global search to find the best candidates for the first human mission to Mars in 2023. On Mars, the primary responsibility for the astronauts is to keep everything, and everyone, up and running. This will be a particular challenge for the first teams. They will need the skills to solve any potential problem – some of which will be completely unforeseeable. Their combined skill sets of each team member must cover a very wide range of disciplines. The astronauts must be intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy. On this page, we offer a brief introduction to the basics of our astronaut selection process.

The astronaut selection process

In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation. This is the foundation upon a mission must be built, where human lives are at risk with each flight.

Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future.

Mars One cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant’s capacity for self-reflection. Without this essential foundation, the five key characteristics listed below cannot be utilized to the fullest potential.

Five Key Characteristics of an Astronaut

Characteristic Practical Applications
  • Your thought processes are persistent.
  • You persevere and remain productive.
  • You see the connection between your internal and external self.
  • You are at your best when things are at their worst.
  • You have indomitable spirit.
  • You understand the purpose of actions may not be clear in the moment, but there is good reason—you trust those who guide you.
  • You have a “Can do!” attitude.
  • You adapt to situations and individuals, while taking into account the context of the situation.
  • You know your boundaries, and how/when to extend them.
  • You are open and tolerant of ideas and approaches different from your own.
  • You draw from the unique nature of individual cultural backgrounds.
  • You ask questions to understand, not to simply get answers.
  • You are transferring knowledge to others, not simply showcasing what you know or what others do not.
Ability to Trust
  • You trust in yourself and maintain trust in others.
  • Your trust is built upon good judgment.
  • You have self-informed trust.
  • Your reflection on previous experiences helps to inform the exchange of trust.
Creativity / Resourcefulness
  • You are flexible in how an issue / problem / situation is approached.
  • You are not constrained by the way you were initially taught when seeking solutions.
  • Your humor is a creative resource, used appropriately as an emerging contextual response.
  • You have a good sense of play and spirit of playfulness.
  • You are aware of different forms of creativity.


The astronaut selection program will be open for applicants who are 18 years or older.

Medical and Physical Requirements

In general, normal medical and physiological health standards will be used. These standards are derived from evidence-based medicine, verified from clinical studies. The applicant must be free from any disease, any dependency on drugs, alcohol or tobacco, must have the normal range of motion and functionality in all joints, visual acuity in both eyes of 100% (20/20) either uncorrected or corrected with lenses or contact lenses, free from any psychiatric disorders. It is important to be healthy, with an age- and gender-adequate fitness level. Blood pressure should not exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting position. The standing height must be between 157 and 190 cm.

Country of Origin & Language

Mars One accepts applicants from any country in the world. It is possible to apply in one of the 11 most used languages on Internet: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese. The official language will be English. Nevertheless, when a candidate applies for the selection program, it is not necessary for him or her to possess an extensive knowledge of English: we will provide candidates with documentation in different languages. As applicants progress through the selection procedure, requirements on their English skills will increase.

Read more about the plan here

Agile Transformation : Where do you start

Thursday, July 19th, 2012


When a company is looking for consulting to accelerate their Agile Transformation Programme when is the best time to engage consultants in the process. Where is the best investment for consulting time, in the middle, near the end or at the very beginning, or along the whole transformation journey?

Consulting is key to Agile Transformation to assist in formulating your go live organisation wide Agile approach. The most successful organisations adopt an Agile Mantra, that is central to all the organisations communications and align strategically with their other transformation activities.

Some organisations like to adopt Agile in stealth like manner, empowering pockets of the organisation to practice Agile while patiently waiting for the benefits and improvements to the process to emerge. This is sometimes a risky approach for if the pilots are unsuccessful and the people empowered to change are not trained or have the full support of the organisation as a whole, the quest for change can be ended abruptly.

One of the key’s to success is conducting an Agile Tipping Point Analysis across the organisation – this is a relatively easy process once you are shown how.

Other things to include on your “To Do List”  for Agile Transformation are :

Stakeholder Mapping

Agile Readiness Mapping

Project Selection & Pipeline Analysis

Training Needs Analysis

Current State Future State

Agile Transformation Programme Wall & Activities

Agile Transformation Measures & Metrics

Agile Transformation Engagement Risk Analysis

to download the model

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Agile Transformation Model



Agile Transformation Engagement

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Agile Transformation Engagement Model for Risk

During Agile Transformation across the organisation, it is suggested when looking to review risks as a result of the new processes in the key phases, a model such as this can be adopted to view organisation / project or programme.

You can download the PDF here

Agile Transformation Engagement

The Circle of Trust

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

For anyone that has been in one of our Intro to Agile classes they will really enjoy the following video..The Circle of Trust, Robert DeNiro & Ben Stiller

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