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I’ve spent 30 years focused on agile approaches to business transformation, and the relationship between technology and business innovation in today’s rapidly-evolving digital economy.

I now teach and research in digital transformation topics, and consult with startups and established organizations in the public and private sector to help them figure out what’s going on, ask better questions, and learn quickly from their experiences.

Digital Economy Dispatches

Alan is a world-class academic in both teaching and mentoring. However, he is truly unique and exceptional by connecting his academic work with real-world examples from his work in industry.

-Ronald A. Crawford, Entrepreneur and Investor

Working with Alan has been one of my professional highlights in the last few years. He brings a great blend of expertise, creativity, passion, collaboration and humour to his work.

– Elvin Turner Author of “Be Less Zombie”

Latest News

Dear Startups: Don’t repaint, reinvent

A very useful discussion about the way startups need to readjust for the post-pandemic world. https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/15/startups-dont-repaint-reinvent For tech, the questions that we will be debating are bigger than

Global Survey Reveals CFOs Prioritizing Digital Transformation Investments

It is always interesting to hear what the CFOs are saying about how they are using their budgets for digital transformation and the language they are using to

Head of Pentagon’s ‘SWAT team of nerds’ stepping down

A very interesting story about the US defense digital service and the challenges they have faced over the last couple of years to accelerate the digital transformation of

Big Tech Profits Soar On Pandemic Boost

It is worth remembering just how much the profits of the big tech companies have increased over the period of the pandemic. Astounding. Is this a sign of

The Economy Is (Almost) Back. It Is Looking Different Than It Used To.

One of the big questions we now face is “How will the economy recover after covid?”. The answer seems to be both “quickly” and “unevenly”… https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/upshot/economy-gdp-report.html The central

Five steps for companies to make AI pilots a success

The issues defined in the short paper make sense, and I like the idea of focusing on making sure that AI pilots move beyond the trial stage. But

SaaS, open source, and Serverless Architectures

These are the 3 big technology advances that power the platform revolution and the agile innovation activities that allow both startups and large organizations to move quickly to

Amazon does haircuts….seriously!

A showcase for the latest Amazon technologies….a pop up hair salon in London! https://blog.aboutamazon.co.uk/shopping-and-entertainment/introducing-amazon-salon

Data Science Lessons We’re Not Learning Fast Enough

This is an excellent summary and reminder that the challenges with data science are not always to do with numbers. It has to do with understanding the context

Proposals for the EU Artificial Intelligence Act

Much like the debate on data privacy that resulted in the GDPR regulations, we’re in the early stages of legislation around AI and its use. The latest EU

Agile management: How this new way of leading teams is delivering big results

Always very helpful to read these kinds of examples of how a Large Established Organization (LEO) such as BP are applying agile practices as a management approach for

Forbes AI50: 50 AI companies to watch

Really fascinating to take a quick look through the Forbes AI50 list to see what young, energetic companies are working on. The application if AI is broad and

Research Proves Your Brain Needs Breaks

In our always-connected digital world, here is some excellent research from Microsoft looking at the importance of taking breaks and resting the brain…. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/worklab/work-trend-index/brain-research

The five core IT shifts of scaled agile organizations

Here is a very useful summary and analysis of 5 key IT shifts that are essential for Large Established Organizations (LEOs) to compete with digital natives. These are

Bouncing back from failure

Business Transformation 2021. Some very interesting data about the possible bounce back from the covid crisis of 2020. Where and how will organizations invest in digital transformation? https://www.raconteur.net/report/business-transformation-2021/