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John Coleman

agility strategist at Orderly Disruption Limited

London, United Kingdom

John Coleman is an active practitioner with 15+ years of experience in growing sustainable agility.

John help teams, managers, leaders, change agents, and execs. He can answer all sorts of up to date questions with ease. John coaches, teaches, consults for sustainable growth of agility in non-software as well as software. He created Broad and Deep agility (BaDa) on top of the shoulders of existing theory & practice. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUen2CeyTDk. John himself is broad & deep from the points of view of agility, people & change.

John Coleman is a Professional Scrum Trainer, a candidate LeSS trainer / LeSS Friendly Scrum Trainer, organizer of ELNA (Executive Leadership Network for Adaptiveness), co-author of Kanban - the Flow Strategy™, and author of Kanban for Complexity™ aka Kanplexity™ with lots of attribution to Dave Snowden & Cognitive Edge for Cynefin and related theory. See https://kanbanguides.org or https://ace.works/kanban. John did one of the most comprehensive comparisons/contrast of the scaling/descaling frameworks at https://valueglide.com/blog and https://ace.works/blog ("Mirror Mirror" series). John Coleman's blog posts on executives, Scrum, Kanban, Nexus Vs. LeSS, are available at https://bit.ly/JohnColemanBlog. John blogs prolifically at ace.works, valueglide.com, Medium, CIO Water Cooler, and The Digital Transformation People. You'll be hard-pressed to find more passionate blog posts on executive leadership for the 2020s, LeSS, Nexus, scaling/descaling frameworks, and how to measure success (if it's even possible).

John is a systems thinker who happens to be a huge fan of Cynefin and sees the benefits of both, erring on the side of Cynefin where they clash. Most importantly, John takes an independent view. John is also a people & change thinker; he uses Spiral Dynamics Integral (certified to level 2) and other models; even if they are criticized in some quarters as pseudoscience, John finds aspects of Spiral Dynamics helpful in structuring better conversations with people.

John's Scrum+Kanban Nexus+ case studies can be found on https://www.scrumcasestudies.com (international payments company, European bank) and https://valueglide.com/blog.

John is grateful to be part of Marshall Goldsmith's #payitforward campaign and, in so doing, offers free coaching/mentoring/co-training to a selection of potential agility chefs. John is a member of the #MarshallGoldsmithLead60 group, a cohort from the 16,000+ #MarshallGoldsmith100CoachesApplicants. It was a privilege for John to be one of a lucky group of 60 people; Marshall Goldsmith himself taught that group in Salt Lake City in February 2018. All of John's workshops #payitforward Marshall Goldsmith content, including Marshall's advice to John himself.

John typically practiced with many of his clients for 18+ months. He is switching to shorter-term engagements. John's client list (directly or indirectly) includes Shell, BP, Barclaycard, Lloyds Banking Group, Vocalink Mastercard, MBB consulting firms, Centrica / British Gas, the Musgrave Group, RR Donnelley, DELL, Nordic Aviation Services, 84.51, Intralinks, PaySafe, and Ericsson. John has published four case studies since 2016.

John is a prolific blogger on advanced topics, and he leads on content creation for Scrum, Lean UX, measurement, Kanban, scaling, de-scaling, Executives, people & change. John teaches Marshall Goldsmith's techniques at all of his workshops in a #payitforward fashion. All of John's workshops feature Liberating Structures.

Reviews & Ratings for all of John Coleman's services are available:

5* Google (based from 33+ reviews) - http://bit.ly/GoogleReviewsJohnC

4.8* TrustPilot (from 75+ reviews) - https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.ace.works

4.9* Vocal References (from 110+ reviews) - http://bit.ly/VocalReferencesReviewsJohnC

It's not just about Reviews & Ratings. Reviews & ratings are limited by nature. John needs to understand if the learning made a real difference back in the office. So, John checks in up to 12-18 months later. He sees a pattern of improvement and regularly gets pleasant vibes from successful agility inspired by ideas from the workshops or coaching sessions.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: London, UK
Speaking Topics: executive content, measuring success, growth of agility, scaling, de-scaling, Kanban, Scrum, Nexus, Large Scale Scrum

Speaking Fee $2,500

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: agility, executives
Theatre: North America, Ireland, UK, continental Europe, Middle East

Areas of Expertise

Agile 43.58
Change Management
Climate Change
Culture 30.96
Customer Experience
Design Thinking
Digital Transformation
Entrepreneurship
Lean Startup
Risk Management
Startups
Leadership 30.56
Business Strategy 30.05
Fintech 30.35

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Engineering & Construction
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Oil & Gas
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications
Utilities

Publications

19 Article/Blogs
Don’t be an apprentice in the negative sense of the word
Import from medium.com
November 12, 2019
Non-team commitmentsAs an executive leader, do you can still make commitments on behalf of your teams? Do you play the cynical game of accepting a plan you’ve insisted on because now somebody else is on the hook for delivery? Even if you shifted the blame, will your chickens come home to roost at

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Tags: Leadership, Agile

Kanban - the Flow Strategy and Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity)
Orderly Disruption Limited and Daniel S. Vacanti, Inc.
September 27, 2019
Kanban - the Flow Strategy is a minimal guide for Kanban for knowledge work. Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity) is an addendum for complex work.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Leadership

KantScrum Kanplexity
linkedin
March 30, 2019
Can't use Scrum? Using Scrum not as it was intended so not seeing the benefits? Can use Kanban but struggling a little with complex work? Here's a new Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity) Guide for Teams and Servants. Curious to get your comments. Thank you.

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Tags: Agile

Introducing Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity)
Import from medium.com
March 29, 2019
BackgroundSome teams of knowledge workers (En.wikipedia.org, 2019) work primarily on complex problems. Scrum operates in the complex problem domain, so it can be a natural choice.Picture this contextSingle team Scrum is in use by many teams of different initiativesHaving genuinely tried, some team

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What is Broad and Deep agility (BaDa) ?
Import from medium.com
November 06, 2018
What is Broad and Deep agility (BaDa) ?https://medium.com/media/65b265cbb8ede8e11075bfc37297c843/href

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Tags: Agile

How do Nexus and LeSS differ?
Import from medium.com
November 05, 2018
This article discusses the growth of agility for customer-facing products with 3+ teams, probably tens of teams with Nexus and/or LeSS.Background:In this article, I compare and contrast the more advanced maturity patterns of Scaled Professional Scrum, Nexus with Scrum Studio all in one corner, and

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Tags: Agile

The original Lean “versus” Agile for knowledge work — or is it “and”?
Import from medium.com
October 09, 2018
The original Lean “versus” Agile for knowledge work — or is it “and”?I wrote recently about why you think your organization wants agility. I also wrote about comparing the Kanbans (including Toyota Kanban), Kanbaning your Scrum, and I started a series on comparing the patterns (or non

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Tags: Agile

Broad and Deep agility (BaDA)
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September 24, 2018
Is your organization faking agility?Is there any appetite for growing sustainable agility?Bad news (good news maybe:)), I walk when I understand the client wants to stick with WaterScrumFall, Dark Scrum, Zombie Scrum, or other fake agility.I am ok with people not wanting agility and wanting to go

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Spot the difference — The original Kanban, The Lean Kanban method, Professional Scrum with Kanban
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
Professional Scrum with Kanban came out in February 2018, and it can be found at https://www.scrum.org/resources/kanban-guide-scrum-teams. The Lean Kanban method is described in the Essential Kanban Condensed Guide, that’s at https://leankanban.com/. The original Toyota Kanban has been around for

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Tags: Agile

Retrospectives with system modelling
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
In the Certified LeSS Practitioner classes by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, system modelling is introduced.I refer to system modelling in the sense of causal loop diagrams and stock & flow diagrams. I am a fan of both Dan Woodlock and Gene Bellinger. See sample videos below.https://medium.com/med

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Mirror mirror on the wall….
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
John Coleman does an opinion piece on scaling patterns and noneConsider this blog post as background for future posts. It has a lot of detail, and you might need to carve out some time, grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable before reading this.I can’t say I’m any better than anyone else in

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Tags: Agile

Why do you think your organization is growing agility?
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
We thought ofWhy do you think your organization is growing agility? Is the direction of travel primarily to….We thought of 28 potential reasons, and we’re curious how your organization would star-rate them. See https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/whygrowagility?

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Agile Cincinnati 2017 conference
linkedin
October 09, 2017
I enjoyed sitting around Fountain Square, the day before Bengals beat Buffalo Bills in American football. I skipped that game as Tropical Storm Nate sent heavy rain our way. Besides, it gave me time to go over my first one-off Ted-style talks – very few words, symbolic pictures, everything in 3s, facts mixed with some stories, being myself, staying in my lane, being relaxed.

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Tags: Leadership, Agile

Look familiar? #advanced
linkedin
October 09, 2017
Greetings from my trip from London to Cincinnati, where I'll talk about scaling/descaling, growing good sustainable agility and so on. If you're around the Cincinnati area, you'd be crazy to miss the conference. There are some rockstar keynotes. There are some great speakers, Ellen Gottesdiener is likely to steal my thunder as Ellen is on stage at the same time as me in another room. Ellen rocked at the LeSS conference :). There are still a few tickets left for Agile Cincinnati.

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Tags: Agile

Scrum Master role, Large Scale Scrum or not
linkedin
September 17, 2017
I like Timothy Korson's LeSS case study for pseudo-named "Cash In Comfort". There are all sorts of takeaways from it, which are listed in the case study itself. In that case study, two sentences struck me in particular ...

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Tags: Fintech, Agile

Can London beat Amsterdam?
linkedin
September 12, 2017
One year has passed since the inaugural Amsterdam LeSS conference. Read Robert Briese’s blog “My personal review of the first ever Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Conference in Amsterdam, 2016”

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Tags: Agile

#less2017 - LeSS conference article and video
linkedin
August 11, 2017
Bas Vodde told his Certified LeSS Trainer class in Santa Clara in March this year, that Ellen Gottesdiener, at my table, inspired Craig Larman and Bas Vodde's approach to product backlog management/refinement. Here, Ellen talks about the LeSS conference in London on 13-14 Sep 2017. In there you'll also see a short video featuring Dinesh Sharma and Ben Maynard, courtesy of Sullivan & Stanley, one of the conference sponsors. In addition, Ellen will be delivering a pre-conference training, Vision to Value: Backlog Refinement Practitioner – registration is now open!

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Tags: Agile

Do you believe this chart?
linkedin
August 08, 2017
If a journey was equivalent to a team of teams delivering good stuff together, yet dependent on back-end teams elsewhere, do you believe that ....

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Tags: Leadership, Agile

#less2017 #advanced - Did you know you can do a Scrum test and a LeSS test at Less.works?
linkedin
August 01, 2017
Did you know you can do a Scrum test and a LeSS test at https://Less.works ? It so obvious you could miss it. See https://less.works/less/test/index.html

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Tags: Agile

1 Book Chapter
Pivot: Real Cut Through Stories by Experts at the Frontline of Agility and Transformation
Writing Matters Publishing (UK); 1 edition (20 Jun. 2018)
June 20, 2018
Pivot is an inspiring and informative collection of cut through stories from 17 experts at the frontline of agility and organizational transformation.

Edited by Matt Bradley and Adrian Stalham from the Agility Gigs Community, and business author, Andrew Priestley, it features contributions from Adrian Stalham, Jacqueline Shakespeare, Scott Potter, Brett Ansley, Wayne Palmer, Matt Bradley, Bhavesh Vaghela, Angie Main, Karan Jain, Andrew Kidd, David Smith, Ahmed Syed, John Coleman, Mike Nuttall, Bruce Thompson, Jessica Gilbert, and John Boyes.

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Tags: Agile, Culture, Leadership

Blog

1 Article/Blog
5 tips for Executive Leadership for the 2020s
Thinkers360
January 18, 2020
Executives for the 2020s sensitively disregard some principles that guided managers through the 1920s. And they have better questions to ask, questions that leave the growth of agility unhindered.

As Marshall Goldsmith says, "what got you here won't get you there."

Everyone heard the stories of firms that got disrupted out of business. Copy-and-paste-agility is a freight train to extinction. Maybe you hope your organization won't become one of those stories. As W. Edwards Deming said, "survival" is optional.

Consider these five tips for the 2020s:

1). Be customer-centric and find out what's going on. Naked transparency is ugly. If there are no problems, you're not looking hard enough.

2). Don't impose. If you do install agility, without continuous improvement, it's not agility anyhow.

3). Make sure the plumbing is squeaky clean -- avoid or cancel "fat burgers." Treat every valuable work item as a bet -- some bets win, most bets lose. Make small bets, parallel bets. You also need experimentation to validate assumptions before clogging the pipes with more ideas. Whatever is in the pipes, let it flow well by being focused on finishing work before starting more work. Fix impediments and spend most of your time fixing organizational problems. If you don't, you can expect to lose your best people.

4). Be careful about measurement. Figure out a way to measure the number of inspired people, perhaps through the number of inspirational stories? I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

5). Invite people, understand their work, let them become informed about the options for agility, let them decide how they want to work, and support continuous improvement. Tolerate and expect different pockets of the organization to use different types of Agile/Lean. It's ok and expected to be ruthless about value. Be compassionate - happy employees & suppliers help to make satisfied customers.

Best of luck with your journey! If you'd like some help, reach out to the beautiful community of Professional Agile Leadership trainers & coaches at Scrum.org.

Check out the full series at https://medium.com/series/how-leaders-show-up-8042c57cbd6.

John Coleman
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Tags: Agile, Culture, Leadership

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Executive Leadership for the 2020s

Location: Virtual, Ireland, UK, continen    Date Available: January 20th, 2020    Fees: 2500 USD pd, 350 USD ph plus t

Submission Date: January 18th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

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