Agile Steps on the 1,000 Mile Journey

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…but it helps if it’s bold and in the right direction!” The insurance industry is at an inflection point – the digital challenge and changing needs of a younger generation mean that insurers need to adapt quickly to the demands of tomorrow’s customers or risk […]

Portfolio Management

In this article you will find perspectives from Holley Holland’s experiences helping a large Global Bank’s Portfolio management function to rediscover new ways of working. The article brings insights from practices and lessons learnt in a number of areas including outcome orientation thinking and planning, value based prioritisation, balanced value stream based MVP funding models, […]

Data agility

#Thomas Kuhn: the man who changed the way the world looked at science; Fifty years ago, a book by Thomas Kuhn altered the way we look at the philosophy behind science, as well as introducing the much abused phrase ‘paradigm shift’. I strongly believe that we are reaching an inflection point of the so called ‘paradigm […]

Initial Margin Regulation for the Buy-side

Summary The regulatory requirements for Initial Margin (“IM”) segregation, linked to non-cleared derivatives, came into force in 2016. The phased implementation schedule first affected those most active in the OTC market, followed by a greater and more diverse range of counterparties. Of the five waves scheduled, Waves 1 and 2 are complete, involving mostly sell-side […]

The BPA Collateral Conundrum

“Does the drive to collateralise more bulk annuity transactions lead to suboptimal outcomes for customers, pension trustees and insurers?” Bulk purchase annuity (“BPA”) business has grown significantly in the last 5 years, driven recently by pension reforms enacted in 2014 that had a significant impact on the individual annuity market.  Recent market data shows that […]

Increased collaboration using DevOps

Helped set up environment and eco system for DevOps Value stream approach for alignment with multiple stakeholders. Continuous assistance and coaching in DevOps and Agile culture and practice. Provided directional, advisory, practitioner and change agent role in driving DevOps transformation including organisation change management.

Improved Delivery of Technology Solutions

Established process, roles and tools for program and team level. Executed large scale Agile programs with 1500+ team members distributed across geographies and time zones. Globally piloted Agile engineering practices for high quality delivery at a faster rate. Guided and coached to set up DevOps engineering eco system

Enterprise-wide Agile Deployment

The challenge A leading card issuer in the US wanted to deploy Agile across different LOBs covering 8000+ people. There were only 6 months to establish the framework and embed the methodology. The solution The SDLC life-cycle was re-engineered and an Agile way of working established. Training was delivered to enable the IT leadership and […]

Enterprise-wide Agile Deployment

The challenge The Board of a major European financial institution raised concerns when asked to approve the recovery plan. It concluded that, whilst the plan supported a number of business as usual actions, there were concerns that franchise-changing actions may also be required and that these actions may not be viable in a recovery scenario. […]