Barry O'Reilly

Principal - ThoughtWorks, Co-author - Lean Enterprise

Barry O'Reilly works with ThoughtWorks, consulting with leading global organizations on continuous improvement using lean and agile practices and principles. He has been an entrepreneur, employee, and consultant. His passion is business model innovation, product development, organizational design and cultural transformation. He is a co-author of Lean Enterprise, the latest edition to the Eric Ries Lean Series with O'Reilly Media.  

The Interview

The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

come here to learn. To challenge your thinking and encourage further growth. I've been inspired and helped by some of the most talented people of my entire career at ThoughtWorks.

Seek them out, then seek to be one to others you meet. 

The thing I love most about my work is

collaborating with smart people to solve difficult problems. Without fail, the outcome achieved looks nothing like it did in the beginning -- I live for the journey and discovery to get there. 

The most interesting thing I've learned on the job is

not to leave toast unattended in the kitchen. When the fire brigade evacuate entire buildings due to individual oversight, they aren't too happy!