Hiring agile practitioners with more confidence

Finding the right agile practitioners can be a challenge. At the core of this challenge is the need to assess character trades in action that only emerge in an experiential setting really. For a while now, I have the opportunity to mentor Alvaro Junqueira and Yury Speranskiy on their prototype. They aim to tackle this challenge by building a virtual online community of practice. As a result, anyone in need for building that next great and truly agile team will soon be able to tap into this curated market place and make better choices. I’ll share more once the team is ready.

Great start, still a way to go

The Augmented Reality hackathon at the University of Auckland went well and the turn out for the open door event was fantastic. Earlier in the week, I had managed to bring along a couple of principal engineers from ClearPoint during the hackathon itself. Putti’s CTO brought along one of their lead engineers on the last day. It was a start. To get industry folks really excited more needs to happen when it comes to building sustainable ways of engagement with industry. The UoA’s emerging design school working with the bio-engineering department might achieve this over the coming years.

With Mark Billinghurst in Search for more VR and AR Prototyping opportunities

There is much talk about Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). But at least in New Zealand the commercial uptake of practical solutions in these fields is still very much at a nascent stage. I was glad to introduce Mark Billinghurst, one of the leading thinkers and practitioners in these fields, to the CEOs and their teams of forward thinking companies such as ClearPoint and Putti in Auckland this week. Watch this space for my blurb on Mark’s MagicLeap hackathon in three weeks.

Go and See on how the Health Sector innovates

This time I took a small team of people from across Tower Insurance to a Go and See in good old Lean fashion (gemba). We learned from the Auckland Health District Board at Auckland City Hospital how they drive change and make continuous innovation happen to grow the organisation. To name just a few of the things that stood out: the approach of Release Time to Care, the practice of Rapid Improvement Events and the Design Lab’s valuing return on portfolio over return on investment.

Getting creative in Kyoto

Creating my own traditional Japanese woodblock prints (木版画, mokuhanga) is something I wanted to pursue for a very long time. Finally I was fortunate to work with Kyoto based artist Richard Steiner in his studio for two weeks.

Rapid Project Review with Gravity in Brisbane

It was great fun to work with the crowd from Gravity again after we mastered the property and consenting programme together at Auckland Council in 2015. This time I facilitated a one day project review in preparation of the second major phase for Gravity’s financial services and public sector based client in Aruba.

Left Davanti Consulting to join Tower Insurance

I left with a crying and a smiling eye. It would have been so great to do more work with Davanti. However, the large scale transformation programme that Tower Insurance runs was just too attractive to give it a miss. I’m working as a Scrum Master with a couple of digital teams and take every opportunity to coach people on all things agile in other parts of the organisation, apart from IT that is.

Joined Responsive Organisations’ network

Teamed up with the Berlin based network Responsive Organisations. Inspired by the practice of responsive architecture, Ethan Marcotte developed the concept of responsive design that has revolutionised the way we do user experience and build user interfaces. Taking things to the next level, Responsive Organizations comes with its own manifesto and applies the mindset to transforming organisations so that they can truly innovate.

Read Leading Exponential Change

Erich Bühler’s book Leading Exponential Change is available from amazon here as of today. I contributed with a short piece on Agile Team Lift-Offs. Worth reading! This book explains how humans typically confront highly changing environments and provides dozens of practical ideas to lead business transformations that help organisations gain greater flexibility while maintaining stability and setting foundations for the company’s exponential growth.