Mark Buchan, Steven Limmer, and John Wilson explore the theme of “agile is broken” from their unique vantage points and experiences.

Mark Buchan

I am the Managing Director of the Agile Leader Ltd and a seasoned “Agile trouble-shooter”, with over 20 years’ experience in delivering transformative change and helping turn around failing Agile Transformations. I combine my technical background with my extensive knowledge of organisational development and psychology, to provide a unique and innovative approach to Agile Transformation.

I have also been a trusted advisor to the Agile Business Consortium, which including helping them to develop their “Nine Principles of Agile Leadership” (ABC) (2017).

Drawing on all my years working in the Agile space, I recently launched my first book (May 2019): “Leader’s, it’s not how you finish but how you start: A radical new strategy for successful Agile Transformations revealed”. In it, I identify the five mistakes that are common in EVERY failing transformation and I explain what needs to be done to create “Genuine Agile Transformation”. Instead of following prescriptions and recipes, and the conventional approach to Agile Transformations provided by large consulting houses, I suggest following a radical, new strategy that is genuinely tailored to the individual organisation. The book is now available on Amazon here is the link:

Are you considering an Agile Transformation for your organisation and want to avoid the mistakes others have made in the past and save your company vast sums of money? If so, then direct message me here on LinkedIn.

Equally, if your organisation is already in the process of an Agile Transformation but it is failing, then direct message me on LinkedIn to arrange an Agile Transformation “trouble-shooting” session, or “Agile Health check” to get your transformation back on track.

I am passionate about what Agile can do to help leaders make meaningful changes in their organisation and I speak passionately on this subject. If you would like me to come and speak at an event then contact me directly.

Steven Limmer

Agile Coach by experience, and I can provide the following services in-role: Agile Coaching, Scrum Master, Product Management. I specialise in large digital transformations were complexity is king.

Co-organiser of Lean Coffee Belfast, ProductCamp Belfast, and London Agile Discussion Group

John Wilson

A highly experienced and MBA-qualified Business and IT Transformation and Enterprise Portfolio Change Management professional with a strong track record of success over twenty-five years in blue chip organisations defining and delivering value-adding, business-driven change especially at the portfolio level.

Accomplished significant and long-lasting improvements to organisational delivery capability, performance and productivity. Led executive level teams through development of business and IT strategies, creation of Target Operating Models and associated roadmaps for change. Extensive experience turning around failing change initiatives.

Established, led and developed new change functions, Portfolio Management, central EPMO / EP3O, PMO services; P3M, PRINCE2, Agile, MSP, MoP, MoR, SDLC and ITIL aware, with strong experience shaping and applying pragmatically ‘best practice’ governance and delivery frameworks.

Known for a collaborative style and building excellent stakeholder relationships at all levels up to CxO, motivating, coaching, developing and leading people, with the tenacity and professionalism to drive strategically-aligned change that brings added value, long-lasting capability improvements and significant ROI.

Industry experience includes Investment Management, Insurance, Investment Banking, Consultancy, Central Government, Defence and Security.

Extensive background in a wide range of large (£100m+), complex, global, business and technology portfolios, programmes, and projects covering Front Office (Fixed Income, Equities, Multi-Asset), Investment Operations, General Insurance, Life and Pensions, Prime Brokerage, Digital and e-Commerce, Finance, Group Risk, Legal & Compliance, Company Secretary, Treasury, Tax, Audit, HR, Communications, Sales, Marketing, Procurement, Government Policy and National Security.