|London||March 11 2013 – 18.30 - 21.30||The Andaz Hotel|
40 Liverpool Street
London EC2M 7QN
|Manchester||March 14 2013 – 18.30 - 21.30||The Studio|
51 Lever Street
Manchester M1 1FN
|Hamburg||March 21 2013 – 18.30 - 21.30||Lindner Hotel am Michel|
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Why do some organisations appear to innovate more than others? Why are some more consistently successful? What do they do differently? In this Quarterly Technology Briefing, James and Pat explore the elements that affect innovations in organisations, and the secret ingredients used by innovators to keep ahead of the pack. Why is this important? We live in a new world. One where the cost of entry into markets is constantly decreasing, letting startups compete with established players and where, increasingly, people are our most valuable assets.
James and Pat will explore organisational design, the perils of matrix management and the key measures and activities they see in successful, innovative companies. Some of these may surprise you!
Patrick Kua works as an active, generalising specialist for ThoughtWorks and dislikes being put into a box. Patrick is often found leading technical teams, frequently coaching people and organisations in lean and agile methods, and sometimes facilitating situations beyond adversity. Patrick is fascinated by elements of learning and continuous improvement always helping others to develop enthusiasm for these same elements.
James Lewis is a Principal Consultant for ThoughtWorks based in the UK where he has helped introduce Agile practices to various blue chip companies: Investment Banks, Publishers and media organisations. James studied Astrophysics in the 90's but got sick of programming in Fortran. Fourteen years of DBA, Java development, software design and software architecture later, he believes that writing software is the easy part of the problem. Most of the time it's about getting people thinking right. He is passionate about the XP practices, seeding cultural change within organisations and applying what he's learnt to deploy maintainable, robust and scalable software into production on time and on budget.