COVID-19: Navigate the exit from lockdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a truly unique impact. Economies worldwide have all but shut down as governments have sought to halt the spread of the virus and prevent potentially disastrous consequences by locking down and imposing social distancing measures on their populations. Not since the Black Death has a disease so profoundly switched off […]

Business Agility Through Data Agility

The Problem The ability to use data is fundamental to an organisation’s survival. Despite an awareness that the effective use of data underpins corporate success, many organisations are struggling to use data as a valuable resource to support their corporate strategies. We consistently see many organisations still grappling with the basics, lacking a ‘fit for […]

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, […]

Products over Projects

To launch your small domain-aligned, self-organised team (aka speed boat) the first things we need are Products over Projects. Projects are a popular way of funding and organising change. They organise work into temporary teams and are funded with a business case projecting specific benefits. They are staffed from a “pool of talent” whose members […]

Data Migration and Data Management

THE PROBLEM Buy side Investment Managers and services firms continually struggle with data and the ability to confidently use it as a source of information to support their corporate strategies. This is a vital part of any organisation’s survival for the future. However, we consistently see many organisations  still struggling with the basics – the […]

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 […]