Freelance IT Professional, Lean Agile Coach. Wrote UK's first guide to getting online. Non Exec Director. From Dunblane, Perthshire.

Answer? None of the above when mandated.

This is a framing of a question around how an organisation approaches the new ways of working as we come out of lockdown and we can see the benefits of normal working from home, not working from home in a pandemic trying to…

I’m now using a cut down version of this as my mobile answering machine message.


Thank you for calling my public number. I no longer answer calls on this number. This number is because many websites, including job boards, have a mandatory phone number field and don’t let you…

Please take the time to read this: It could really help your team, not just in lockdown but whatever form your distributed team has even when lockdown is over. Distributed working is here to stay.

It was great to be part of this initiative, huge thanks to Phyroze Mohamed for being the driving force behind it and to Robin Wong for writing it up.

All the best for the future, it was fantastic being part of the team and pushing the boundaries in a productive way!


Some talks I’ve done recently as part of the festival

Visualise the story for teaching and learning in a distributed world February 15 @ 7:00 pm GMT

Visualise and iterate your roadmaps using a strategy map February 8 @ 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm GMT

Red Teaming Agile20Reflect and the positive power of contrarian thinking February 16 @ 7:00 pm GMT

With Richard Cornelius, Yusuf Dean and Karl Smith


Forthcoming speaking engagements — all online

16th July
Visualising a talk, a mind map alternative
Agile Praxis, Heidelberg
(UK evening)

17th August:
Coaching Agile Journeys: Agile Strategy:
(UK evening)

27th August:
Memphis Agile: Agile Strategy:
(UK evening)

10 September:
Lean Agile Exchange (10/11 September)
Lean Agile Exchange brings together the communities from Lean Agile Scotland, Agile Cambridge, Agile in the City and Agile Manchester for a new virtual conference
(UK Afternoon)

22 October:
Visualising a talk, a mind map alternative
(UK Afternoon)

Recently delivered public talks:
Red Teaming with CityCurrent, a conversation with the director of business agility of Vaco management consultants in Memphis :

If you follow my writing on agile strategy and how to visualise this, the video of my talk at Agile Tour London 2019 is now available to view below

On a recent Gartner call on strategy, two comments from the audience below felt “I was giving better answers” than the panel and also I was “the only one providing useful information”.

I hope it helps you.

A short list of the main reasons for agile adoption failure, with references

Surveys, Consulting groups, individual coaches, newspaper articles


Version One 13th State of Agile report (2018)

  1. Organizational culture at odds with agile values
  2. General organizational resistance to change
  3. Inadequate management support and sponsorship

Business Agility Institute


Craig Cockburn

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