13 Nov 2017
The Product Owner, or PO, role is rooted in the Agile methodology, alongside Scrum Master and the Development Team - the triumvirate of Agile. Many of the most successful and innovative companies in the world rely on this methodology to develop their products. The likes of Microsoft, Google, Ericsson, Philips and Spotify, to name a few, have been using Agile for many years, to deliver at scale across their organisations. However, the role of the PO doesn't have to be limited to this environment. The skillset required can be useful across any organisation, irrespective of whether they have adopted Agile or not.
10 Nov 2017
Judging by conversations with many of our clients in recent months, the consensus is… (probably) yes.
Following our recent CASS survey*, this is the first in a series of four blogs looking at key themes in the industry. The first is the rise of ‘CASS software tools’ to deal with the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) requirements.
30 Oct 2017
Banks recently implemented the Senior Management and Certification Regime (SMCR). One could think that the extension of the regime should be straightforward for the new wave who will be able to leverage already conducted work. However, the new population of firms is much more diverse (over 40,000 firms impacted) and challenges around the application of some requirements are likely to be greater and of a different nature from those faced by banks.
26 Oct 2017
When John Lewis opened their new Oxford Westgate store, they literally placed experience at the heart of their business. They have employed their first ‘brand experience manager’ who will be responsible for running the experience desk that customers can find right in the centre of the store.
12 Oct 2017
In this mini-series on organisational transformation in oil and gas, we’ve talked about the importance of companies retaining the focus on “lean”, whilst also introducing changes to become more nimble. Underlying all of this is the ambition to “Be great”. Having a great culture is what can provide purpose and maintain morale through times of change. It can help attract and retain talent and to reassure investors and business partners. Culture has a profound impact on the decisions people make “when no one is looking” and will cripple any strategy that isn’t in line. A culture of “production over protection” will eat any safety campaigns for breakfast.