Tues 13th Feb: Andrew Meyer and Gary Green - Attempting to Create a Dynamic, lean and Innovative Organisation plus Kev McCabe - Core Protocols for Shared Vision
Post date: Jan 31, 2018 4:20:48 PM
The software industry has transformed it's self over the past two decades by finding new ways to work that properly recognised the unpredictable, problem solving nature of much of it's work and at the same time reduce risk and significantly increased the rate of value production. The mantra has been to question the cost of every activity in light of the risks it mitigates or the value it realises. This has led to much innovation within the typical product development pipeline and many smaller businesses have capitalised on this as a significant commercial advantage.
Achieving these changes within a small team can transform performance with little disruption however as the size of an organisation increases so does the resistance to change. There are a lot of hearts and minds to realign, right from the coal face to senior leadership teams and resistance normally exists in one form or another at every level. For any large organisation to truly transform it's self and realise the commercial benefits is a long slow process requiring a lot of leadership and good dose of personal risk taking. This month we're going to hear a couple of experience reports that are definitely worth listening too.
Andrew Meyer and Gary Green - Attempting to Create a Dynamic, lean and Innovative Organisation - NHS Digital’s Journey into Agile and DevOps Delivery and What Went Not Quite to Plan
NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner to the health and social care system, using digital technology to transform the NHS and social care. It’s vision is to harness the power of information and technology to improve health and care. Their systems and information
helps doctors, nurses and the health care professionals improve and make care safer. Over the passed 3+ years the NHS Digital Delivery Centre has been on a journey to transform itself. It was previously heavily reliant on large managed national services that were expensive and difficult to change. It has quietly and diligently been transforming itself into a Lean, Agile, DevOps capability reducing the cost of national health care solutions by 10’s of millions of pounds. This talk, is to explore how it started, the transformation journey, where it’s going next and, most importantly, what did we learn.Bio: Andrew Meyer - Director of the Digital Delivery Centre at NHS Digital
Andrew has a strong background in delivery, with a passion for delivering value and for developing a culture to support high performing teams. Andrew headed up the replacement of a number of key NHS National Services used by 10,000’s of users across the UK, successfully re-developing the service and transitioning it in-house.
He has built the Digital Delivery Centre from a small team of around 25 people to one of around 400; using Lean and Agile tools and techniques to ensure value and quick delivery. Andrew established DevOps teams to build and evolve the national services.
Bio: Gary Green - Principal Consultant, Infinity Works
Gary is a Principal Consultant at Infinity Works and has been working with the NHS Digital Delivery Centre, leading a tribe of over 70 to deliver national services for the NHS. Gary has also been leading the software delivery of a £50m programme providing new products to revolutionise NHS data capabilities and services as well as assisting with Agile organisation design as NHS Digital evolves and grows.
Kev McCabe - Core Protocols for Shared Vision
In this session Kev will give a very brief overview of the Core Protocols and Commitments.These can be used to create highly performing teams by creating psychologically safe zones.
The Core Protocols are a set of practices that enable people and teams to:
* learn results-oriented behaviours,
* enter a state of shared vision and stay there,
* trust each other,
* stay rational and healthy,
* make decisions effectively, and
* keep moving toward the team's goals.
In this state, teams can be very effective. Teams with these practices innovate, create, and get things done.
Bio: Kev has worked with large corporations in the Finance, Media, E-commerce and Logistics spaces. With a passion to improve developers from the ground up in all areas of development. He also has a huge Interest in all things Agile since 2002, mainly XP, but of late Scrum & Kanban having become a Certified Scrum Master in 2012 and Accredited Kanban Practitioner in 2013, SAFe agilist in 2015 a Disciplined Agilist (CDA) in 2016 and ICAgile Certified Professional-Agility in the Enterprise (ICP-ENT) in 2017.