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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”

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Data-Driven Change Management: Measuring Agile Transformation Using Passive Data

As teams work together online and remotely to deliver value, measuring their interaction across collaboration teams becomes more intersting. Here is an analytical approach looking at team agility

Simple Governance for Data Ecosystems

A good overview by BCG of the opportunities and barriers to sharing data across companies as part of a data ecosystem. The “six rules of smart simplicity for

Tomorrow’s Education

Here is another really interesting example of online education that does a number of things that I believe will be very important as we go forward: 1. It

China Creates its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy

Listen Closely. Can you hear the sound of digital transformation? https://www.biznews.com/global-investing/2021/04/06/yuan-digital-currency

Trust in Tech is at an All Time Low

Fascinating to read that people’s trust in technology and tech companies is at an all time low. This is based on the Edelman Trust Barometer, an online trust

Reimagining Executive Education: What Program Delivery Should Look Like Post-Pandemic

Nothing too surprising here, but I like this article as a good summary of the current status in exec ed (especially as viewed from the perspective of business

Error 404 – Trust Not Found: A European Survey on Digital (Dis)trust

Who do Europeans trust with their digital data? Apparently, not their governments…and definitely not the big corporations in the USA. https://securityconference.org/en/publications/munich-security-brief/digital-trust/ An exclusive survey on behalf of the

NHS Providers: Building a digital strategy

Here is a very interesting and comprehensive example of “building a digital strategy” that was published earlier this month by NHS Providers with support from public.digital. https://nhsproviders.org/building-a-digital-strategy This

Tech disruption is soooo last year

Forget "software is eating the world". That was 10 years ago. We’ve moved on. The interesting questions are elsewhere. From the wonderful Ben Evans. This. https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2021/3/18/outgrowing-software I mentioned

It’s a Stack

An app from Google’s Area120 initiative that takes all your personal documents and converts them into digital information to be stored and managed by Google. What could possibly

FutureLearn’s The Future of Learning Report shows global trends in education

A very useful study on the changing patterns of online learning over the last year. https://instituteofcoding.org/news/blog/2021/02/futurelearns-the-future-of-learning-report-shows-global-trends-in-education In 2020, Institute of Coding (IoC) partner FutureLearn commissioned YouGov to undertake

The Future of Work After Covid-19 — McKinsey Review

Here is a very detailed review and analysis of the future of work after covid. Many interesting areas discussed here such as the impact that maintaining distance and

Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index: Annual Report

An excellent review of the changes in working habits over the past year from Microsoft. There have been many such surveys and reports recently, but this seems to

‘The future of housing’: California desert to get America’s first 3D-printed neighborhood

Taking 3D printing to a whole new level! https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/mar/18/california-housing-coachella-3d-printed-houses Through a partnership between two California companies – Palari, a sustainable real estate development group, and Mighty Buildings, a

Digital acceleration in the time of covid

A very useful collection of articled from Deloitte with a set of case studies on digital change over the past year. Most notably, a good discussion based on