Rorie Devine

Rorie Devine

I am an inveterate Interim CIO ¦ CTO and the author of The CTO ¦ CIO Bible (#1 rated CTO book on Amazon) and How To Be A Hero CIO ¦ CTO (#1 rated CTO course on Udemy). I write about big ideas and share leadership stories that make you go “A Ha!”

My work has been described as a new genre of leadership advice…it’s based on unrivalled experience, genuine credentials, wisdom distilled down into 100’s chunks of actionable insights and even the odd bit of humour…

Some people don’t agree with what I say. Other people say I changed their career. Why not read/watch/listen and decide for yourself?!?

   85% 5 Stars CTO ¦ CIO Bible eBook & Book

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Fi
Fi
Ticks all the key elements...
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I loved this book although the first few pages initially caught me on the back foot as it is so different from what we are used to. Rorie has pulled together all the major elements of outstanding IT management and delivery by referencing the source material with his own explanation of why it is useful. So this is truly a read which lets you tick the boxes you already worked on and see what else might be useful out there. Personally I found it highly energising and a great read, I hope you do too.
Hutch
Hutch
Insightful and an easy to read
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I’m not a CTO or a CIO but I work closely with many that hold those positions, and this book has given me a wonderful insight into their world, the challenges they face and strategies/tactics they can deploy to be great. The book is easy to read and digest and incredibly informative. Thank you Rorie!
Thomas Kiessling
Thomas Kiessling
A great cookbook
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I highly recommend this book for both CTOs/CIOs at the beginning of their career and for experienced technology leaders on a quest to continuously improve and re-calibrate themselves. The method of the book is to distil decades of experiences into simple learnings. It’s a cookbook. It creates a mental grid of domains and principles for a technology leader to succeed. It also provides entry points to deepen your knowledge in specific subjects, always pointing back to the larger context. Well done. Fun to read.
LWS
LWS
A Fantastic Go-to guide
Read More
Very interesting book which provides you with key advice as to how to manage your company and teams as a CTO or CIO. It is solution-focussed. It’s easy to read and can be read in any order. So if you need to know something quick, it’s a great go-to guide. The good thing is that it works on key aspects of management and provides you with fast and straight-to-the-point advice. Highly recommend to professionals with little time on their daily schedules who need a book which they can consult quickly to find a solution or improvement to their current situation.
Mr. Faisal Ahmed
Mr. Faisal Ahmed
Really insightful
Read More
Easy to read in a complex world full of buzz words, really recommend this to anyone in the business field. Cannot wait for a follow up book.
Jonathon Moore
Jonathon Moore
Super!
Read More
Bucketloads of great insight across the full spectrum of product development. A great read for product and engineering leaders alike.
Roseland
Roseland
Very readable
Read More
A very easy to read and digest book that gives lots of tips and ideas for how to make a high impact in a positive way as quickly as possible. Not a technical book, but one of leadership, relationships and how to add value. A definite must for the library
Martin King
Martin King
Thinking from an expert!
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Clear and concise advice for people that already have a lot of the building blocks in place. The book offers plenty of critical thinking from a seasoned expert. Thanks Rorie!
Mr. S. Edwards
Mr. S. Edwards
Wisdom for busy execs
Read More
I loved the simple, concise format of this book. Full of bite sized wisdom and instant takeaways to 'try now'. Rather than a massive tome of boring management theory, busy execs can read this book on a train journey and get instant value. Highly recommended.
manub
manub
Actionable leadership tips
Read More
I've had the pleasure to work with Rorie and I was looking forward to read his book. I wasn't disappointed! The format may not be liked by everybody as more than narrative it's a series of tips, however I find the insights very helpful. On some topics I have slightly different views but Rorie gets his argument through explaining why he's giving those tips, based on his 20 years experience. Definitely a good read.
Alex Farr
Alex Farr
CIO UK Top 100
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An essential read for any #CIO or #CTO in 2020. Authored by the extremely talented Rorie Devine, the book gives the mission, objectives, strategies and tactics needed to succeed. It may even contain a small contribution from yours truly...
Oliver Bayes-Shelton
Oliver Bayes-Shelton
CTO
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Great book by Rorie Devine, I always enjoy reading things by peers! "The CTO ¦ CIO Bible: The Mission Objectives Strategies And Tactics Needed To Be A Super Successful CTO ¦ CIO"
Eoin Woods
Eoin Woods
CTO at Endava
Read More
Interesting new ebook from Rorie Devine on how to be an effective #CIO based on his experience in the role and also working as an interim, seeing inside many organisations. Structured into bite-size pieces for easy digestion!
Michael O'Gorman
Michael O'Gorman
CTO/VP Engineering
Read More
Just read CTO ¦ CIO Bible by Rorie Devine - great valuable insights by very experienced CTO - must read for all current and aspiring CTO’s/CIO’s - great job Rorie Devine
Artur Grabowski
Artur Grabowski
Technical Director
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Some really good tips and advice in "CTO | CIO Bible" by Rorie Devine. Definitely worth reading by anyone involved in a technology leadership role.
Nikos Kryvossidis
Nikos Kryvossidis
CTO at Racing Post
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A very interesting book has just been published by Rorie Devine => http://bit.ly/CTOCIOBible Highly recommended!
Ian Woosey
Ian Woosey
CIO Clarion Housing
Read More
Some really excellent thoughts in here, well worth a read by anyone involved in a technology leadership role. Thanks Rorie.
Rich Phillips
Rich Phillips
Consulting CTO
Read More
Not a long book but, packed with sound advice and tips from the author's own deep and varied experience as a consulting CTO. Reading a book cannot make a person a great CTO or CIO, but a good one like this can certainly help put the aspiring professional on the right path, act as a starting point for further research, and help avoid the common pitfalls.
Louise
Louise
CEO Energy Trading
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Found this book really helpful. Lots of ideas and advice that got me thinking as well as practical examples of successful strategies and advice on how to manage complicated projects. Highly recommended.
Loana Wurzel
Loana Wurzel
COO
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Brilliant! Fantastic insight into what it takes to be a successful CTO or CIO. I love the way it is set up in easy to read sections and it works really well on a phone. It even manages to bring humour into being a CTO which must be difficult. Read it even if you're not a CTO any modern leader would benefit from reading this book!
Ade McCormack
Ade McCormack
Digital Readiness Institute
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Congratulations Rorie. Nice format. Easy to read. Clear direction.
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Jack Hufher
Concise Wisdom
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I loved the simple, concise format of this course Full of bite sized wisdom and instant takeaways to 'try now'. Rather than a massive tome of boring management theory, busy execs can watch this course on a train journey and get instant value. Highly recommended.
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Highly recommend
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Found this course really helpful. Lots of ideas and advice that got me thinking as well as practical examples of successful strategies and advice on how to manage complicated projects. Highly recommend.
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Well Done
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If you read or listen to a story and instinct tells you it is correct than the author is probably on to something. Keep drawing on your experiences, keep enticing people to learn... Well done
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Really good
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The Best IT Leadership course I've ever seen...cuts to the chase and made me laugh a few times as well. Thanks!
Steve H
Steve H
Great Course
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Not the usual "How great was I?" stuff and much more useful because of that...Rorie obviously knows his stuff and wants everyone else to benefit from his experience.
Ian smith
Ian smith
Very informative
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Really enjoyed the way the course cut the waffle and only said the really important things. Worked very well on my phone as well.
Frederick K
Frederick K
Extremely informative
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Im experienced in ict and purchased this course to further my knowledge. and succeeded. 10/10 would recommend!
Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith
Will Come Back Revisit I'm Sure
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What a brilliant course. Really worth the time and the money. I will come back time and time again to view this I’m sure!
Thomas Redstone
Thomas Redstone
100% value for money!!
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i purchased this unsure if it would benefit me it turned out that it was incredible, beneficial, and value for money. make some more!
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How To Be A Successful Interim CTO

How To Be A Successful Interim CTO

How To Be A Successful Interim CTO

I get the impression that a lot of people are actively looking at interim CTO assignments now who might not have considered them in the past.

 

 So what is the same/different about being an interim CTO consultant or full time employee, and how can you maximise your chances of success if you make the leap?

 

In my experience very few people get treated any differently day-to-day in interim CTO roles than “permanent” employees..the fact that you’re an interim CTO won’t be a big issue but the expectations of you as an interim CTO can be higher.

 

You might be expected to be an expert on more things, and you’ll probably be expected to have a measurable impact – perhaps more quickly than a new full time employee would be.

 

You could also get more latitude to challenge the orthodoxy, not be expected to navigate the company politics so carefully, and have your change agenda considered more dispassionately.

 

 So how do you make sure you’re successful in your first interim CTO consultant role?

 

 

The first (and maybe obvious) point is to choose the right role.

 

Don’t set yourself up for failure by taking an interim CTO role with a team size, company culture or business model you’re not absolutely confident you can add real value to. Ultimately what you “sell” is your reputation and track record – don’t be tempted to risk it by taking on a role you’re not 100% right for.

 

Once you have found the right role, and before you start, make sure you are very clear about the brief. 

 

Make sure you really understand what success will look like in the potential role.

 

Sometimes a company’s real wants and needs can’t be articulated clearly and you have to use your experience and intuition to read between the lines about why they want to hire you. Make sure you understand whether you will need to be a good cultural fit or being counter-cultural is one of the reasons why they want to hire you.

 

 When you start get the basics right..always arrive on time and dress similarly to the prevailing dress code in the team.

 

At the early stages of any assignment make sure you don’t write cheques you can’t cash by promising unachievable things. There is no surer way to destroy your credibility (and make enemies of other people) than by promising things that can’t be done. It’s a subtle situation though..you may have been brought in to increase urgency and delivery so any goals you agree need to be ambitious but achievable.

 So..what is the most important thing to do when you arrive?

 

It is to listen..never make the mistake of joining with a “here’s the solution..now tell me about the problem” approach.

 

 In your first week try and meet as many people in the team as possible.

 

It’s important for you to get to know the team, and them to get to know you, so scheduling 30 minute interviews with each team member to ask the sort of questions below will very quickly create a picture of what you’re walking into.

 

 Example Interview Questions

 
  1. Are you enjoying it here at the moment?

  2. What are our key responsibilities as a team do you think?

  3. As a team, what do we do well do you think?

  4. What do we need to get better at?

  5. Who are our stars?

  6. Does anyone in the team need help to be more successful?

  7. How could we get more customer outcome focussed?

  8. How could we move faster?

  9. Would you recommend working here to a friend?

  10. What three things would you do if you were me?

  11. Anything else we should talk about?

 

After the interviews an interesting exercise is to allocate any team member mentioned as a “star” in question 5. a +1 and any struggling team member mentioned in 6. a -1. Adding up all the scores will give a quick but surprisingly accurate team talent map.

 

Question 9. can also be used create a quick team “NPS” score.

 

At gro.team we like to end the first week of a new assignment with a “Week One Playback” with the person that sponsored the appointment. It’s a great opportunity to discuss the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) found so far and calibrate it against what the sponsor wants.

Remember to add value to your client in any way you can as well. It’s not just about the goals. Doing things like sharing their job postings on LinkedIn, mentioning them in any interviews you do, retweeting their tweets, liking their Facebook page, and so on, all help.

 

Don’t “penny pinch” the client either. What “goes around comes around” so if taking a phone call or sending a quick email in non-client chargeable time helps solve a problem or keep momentum up then do it. You’ll be judged on your impact at the end of the day.

 

 The last thing to remember is…to know when to move on.

 

You know when you’ve achieved your goals or hit the diminishing returns point on the value curve.

Don’t wait to be replaced. Proactively suggest a new way to add value to the client if one is appropriate, or move on to your next challenge with another successful engagement under your belt.

 

 So there you have it. To be a successful interim CTO consultant you need to chose the right role, deliver as much value as you can, and then move on as soon as you’ve done it.

 

We summarise it at gro.team with our motto of “Be Of Value”. If you do that at all times you will be successful.

 

 Being an interim CTO consultant won’t be for everyone but if you get your sense of accomplishment from delivering business impact and enjoy variety and challenge then maybe it’s for you?

 
Tech Leaders! Successful people ask questions…they seek new teachers…they’re ALWAYS LEARNING. Paperback/eBook @ https://gro.team/CTOCIOBible Online Course @ https://gro.team/HeroCIOCTO
 

Interested? Give us a shout on hi@gro.team or 0800 246 5735 for an informal chat…

I am an inveterate Interim CIO ¦ CTO and the author of The CTO ¦ CIO Bible (#1 rated CTO book on Amazon) and How To Be A Hero CIO ¦ CTO (#1 rated CTO course on Udemy). I write about big ideas and share leadership stories that make you go “A Ha!”

My work has been described as a new genre of leadership advice…it’s based on unrivalled experience, genuine credentials, wisdom distilled down into 100’s chunks of actionable insights and even the odd bit of humour…

Some people don’t agree with what I say. Other people say I changed their career. Why not read/watch/listen and decide for yourself?!?

   85% 5 Stars CTO ¦ CIO Bible eBook & Book

The #1 rated CIO ¦ CTO Udemy & THINKIFIC Course

Fi
Fi
Ticks all the key elements...
Read More
I loved this book although the first few pages initially caught me on the back foot as it is so different from what we are used to. Rorie has pulled together all the major elements of outstanding IT management and delivery by referencing the source material with his own explanation of why it is useful. So this is truly a read which lets you tick the boxes you already worked on and see what else might be useful out there. Personally I found it highly energising and a great read, I hope you do too.
Hutch
Hutch
Insightful and an easy to read
Read More
I’m not a CTO or a CIO but I work closely with many that hold those positions, and this book has given me a wonderful insight into their world, the challenges they face and strategies/tactics they can deploy to be great. The book is easy to read and digest and incredibly informative. Thank you Rorie!
Thomas Kiessling
Thomas Kiessling
A great cookbook
Read More
I highly recommend this book for both CTOs/CIOs at the beginning of their career and for experienced technology leaders on a quest to continuously improve and re-calibrate themselves. The method of the book is to distil decades of experiences into simple learnings. It’s a cookbook. It creates a mental grid of domains and principles for a technology leader to succeed. It also provides entry points to deepen your knowledge in specific subjects, always pointing back to the larger context. Well done. Fun to read.
LWS
LWS
A Fantastic Go-to guide
Read More
Very interesting book which provides you with key advice as to how to manage your company and teams as a CTO or CIO. It is solution-focussed. It’s easy to read and can be read in any order. So if you need to know something quick, it’s a great go-to guide. The good thing is that it works on key aspects of management and provides you with fast and straight-to-the-point advice. Highly recommend to professionals with little time on their daily schedules who need a book which they can consult quickly to find a solution or improvement to their current situation.
Mr. Faisal Ahmed
Mr. Faisal Ahmed
Really insightful
Read More
Easy to read in a complex world full of buzz words, really recommend this to anyone in the business field. Cannot wait for a follow up book.
Jonathon Moore
Jonathon Moore
Super!
Read More
Bucketloads of great insight across the full spectrum of product development. A great read for product and engineering leaders alike.
Roseland
Roseland
Very readable
Read More
A very easy to read and digest book that gives lots of tips and ideas for how to make a high impact in a positive way as quickly as possible. Not a technical book, but one of leadership, relationships and how to add value. A definite must for the library
Martin King
Martin King
Thinking from an expert!
Read More
Clear and concise advice for people that already have a lot of the building blocks in place. The book offers plenty of critical thinking from a seasoned expert. Thanks Rorie!
Mr. S. Edwards
Mr. S. Edwards
Wisdom for busy execs
Read More
I loved the simple, concise format of this book. Full of bite sized wisdom and instant takeaways to 'try now'. Rather than a massive tome of boring management theory, busy execs can read this book on a train journey and get instant value. Highly recommended.
manub
manub
Actionable leadership tips
Read More
I've had the pleasure to work with Rorie and I was looking forward to read his book. I wasn't disappointed! The format may not be liked by everybody as more than narrative it's a series of tips, however I find the insights very helpful. On some topics I have slightly different views but Rorie gets his argument through explaining why he's giving those tips, based on his 20 years experience. Definitely a good read.
Alex Farr
Alex Farr
CIO UK Top 100
Read More
An essential read for any #CIO or #CTO in 2020. Authored by the extremely talented Rorie Devine, the book gives the mission, objectives, strategies and tactics needed to succeed. It may even contain a small contribution from yours truly...
Oliver Bayes-Shelton
Oliver Bayes-Shelton
CTO
Read More
Great book by Rorie Devine, I always enjoy reading things by peers! "The CTO ¦ CIO Bible: The Mission Objectives Strategies And Tactics Needed To Be A Super Successful CTO ¦ CIO"
Eoin Woods
Eoin Woods
CTO at Endava
Read More
Interesting new ebook from Rorie Devine on how to be an effective #CIO based on his experience in the role and also working as an interim, seeing inside many organisations. Structured into bite-size pieces for easy digestion!
Michael O'Gorman
Michael O'Gorman
CTO/VP Engineering
Read More
Just read CTO ¦ CIO Bible by Rorie Devine - great valuable insights by very experienced CTO - must read for all current and aspiring CTO’s/CIO’s - great job Rorie Devine
Artur Grabowski
Artur Grabowski
Technical Director
Read More
Some really good tips and advice in "CTO | CIO Bible" by Rorie Devine. Definitely worth reading by anyone involved in a technology leadership role.
Nikos Kryvossidis
Nikos Kryvossidis
CTO at Racing Post
Read More
A very interesting book has just been published by Rorie Devine => http://bit.ly/CTOCIOBible Highly recommended!
Ian Woosey
Ian Woosey
CIO Clarion Housing
Read More
Some really excellent thoughts in here, well worth a read by anyone involved in a technology leadership role. Thanks Rorie.
Rich Phillips
Rich Phillips
Consulting CTO
Read More
Not a long book but, packed with sound advice and tips from the author's own deep and varied experience as a consulting CTO. Reading a book cannot make a person a great CTO or CIO, but a good one like this can certainly help put the aspiring professional on the right path, act as a starting point for further research, and help avoid the common pitfalls.
Louise
Louise
CEO Energy Trading
Read More
Found this book really helpful. Lots of ideas and advice that got me thinking as well as practical examples of successful strategies and advice on how to manage complicated projects. Highly recommended.
Loana Wurzel
Loana Wurzel
COO
Read More
Brilliant! Fantastic insight into what it takes to be a successful CTO or CIO. I love the way it is set up in easy to read sections and it works really well on a phone. It even manages to bring humour into being a CTO which must be difficult. Read it even if you're not a CTO any modern leader would benefit from reading this book!
Ade McCormack
Ade McCormack
Digital Readiness Institute
Read More
Congratulations Rorie. Nice format. Easy to read. Clear direction.
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How to Make “Networking” *Almost* Fun

How to Make “Networking” *Almost* Fun

I had always hated “networking”…you know the ghastly stage at an event when you stand in a room of strangers, shuffle up to a victim, and nervously start up a conversation.

Given the high proportion of introverts in “Technology” I doubt I was alone in feeling that way.

The wonderfully wise Hilary Wilson once gave me a great tip on how to turn this chore into a productive exercise and make it almost (err..almost) enjoyable.

She said ..

“It’s not about you. Ask the people there questions..listen to the answers and learn interesting things…”

Think of it as a “fact find”..and as it’s not about you there is no reason to be nervous about it.

The more effort you put into it the more you learn..and there is little more valuable than that.

gro.team want to make the world a more successful place. Person by person, company by company. If you need a high impact Interim to deliver your change agenda give them a shout for an informal chat.

“Corporate” CIO? Reinvent yourself here…

“Corporate” CIO? Reinvent yourself here…

We’re getting a lot of “cries for help” lately at gro.team from CTOs/CIOs who are finding themselves at the wrong end of the digital disruption imperative.

Their organisation has woken up to the need to “go digital” and either they have been blamed implicitly/explicitly for the failure to change in the past or the view has been formed that they don’t have the skills necessary to lead their organisation through digital transformation.

This isn’t anybody’s fault of course.

The business world is going through possibly the period of highest change since the industrial revolution and suddenly what is wanted and needed from a CIO is very different from what made a lot of CIOs successful in the past.

Mobile (mobile is overtaking web usage), Social (we’re all in a 24/7 network now), and SaaS/Cloud (software really is eating the world) have changed our opportunities and competitive threats forever.

New waves of disruption from Drones, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are not hard to foresee..

Some CIOs are riding these waves and have quite happily moved to the intersection of business, product and emerging technology – but others haven’t.

The good news is that if you have successfully led technology transformation in the past then your business, people, change, and technology leadership skills are great raw material.

Give us a shout here for a discreet informal chat about our coaching and workshop services.

We have people who are doing it, have done it, and are happy to share their experiences and make you successful.

 

Case Study: Creating a pan european IT convergence strategy

Case Study: Creating a pan european IT convergence strategy

A private equity company bought a successful european technology company and wanted to converge and significantly enhance its technology capabilities.

 

Working with the new Group CTO two gro.teamers;

 

 

– Ran workshops with the country specific IT Teams to understand the opportunities and challenges given the new agenda.

 

 

– Highlighted the benefits of an API/message bus/micro services based solution for this business context.

 

 

– Created and proposed a “converge in the cloud” strategy to the teams to widespread acceptance.

 

 

– Prepared presentation collateral for use at the company board approval meeting.

 

gro.team were subsequently engaged to lead the execution of the proposed convergence strategy (working with third parties such as McKinsey and Company).

 

 

Give us a shout here for a discreet informal chat.

 

 

Scaling 10x in 6 months

Scaling 10x in 6 months

We were recently asked to help a rapidly growing online Gaming site in scaling their IT capacity 10x….in six months before a big sporting event…gulp.

 

To kick off an gro.teamer ran a two day scaling workshop on site with their very talented CTO and technical team and together they;

 

–  Created an agreed view of exactly what their platform looked like (which is not as easy as it sounds with a complex and rapidly evolving IT platform).

 

– Got a consensus on where the single points of failure and capacity constraints were most likely to be.

 

– Put these these common areas/functionalities such as “MySQL database” or “redis” on the wall.

 

– Invited all the participants to write potential mitigation approaches on Post-it notes and attach them to the appropriate area.

 

– Consolidated and de-duplicated the scaling ideas having discussed each one objectively (“no bad ideas..”)

 

– Grouped these ideas into things

 

(1) They wanted to do in the next six months

 

(2) Things to look at after that

 

(3) Things we would hold in reserve as “Plan B” ideas.

 

– They then used a “Planning Poker” rituals to get a consensus on t-shirt sized estimates for both effort and impact of the themes.

 

– It was clear by this stage what the low effort/high impact areas of activity were so they roughly sequenced them.

 

– Ta da..they had created a “plan” of how they would/could scale 10x in 6 months. It had been genuinely co-created and not imposed on anyone by anyone.

 

The feedback from the Tech Team was very positive..although initially sceptical (“we know what to do”) they felt that it had been an inclusive and creative process and they were happy to take ownership for an aggressive plan that they had very much co-created.

 

The gro.team person went to the airport very impressed with what they had achieved in two days.

 

On to their next challenge..please give us a shout for similar impact here

 

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