Introducing our strategic alliance with idax
December 8, 2022
The Impact Team is pleased to announce a new strategic alliance with idax, a world-leading identity analytics company. This alliance will augment our delivery of digital transformation initiatives to our clients through a combination of idax’s cutting-edge identity risk analytics and the Impact Team’s bespoke risk resilience initiative. We’re really excited about the opportunities this will bring for the future, and the benefits to our clients.
Measuring Digital Maturity
February 7, 2022
There are many ways of measuring digital maturity and it’s rarely a simple tickbox exercise on what’s good or bad. Competency, organisational uniqueness, attitude and approach mean that your journey through different maturity levels will be unique to your business.
Boom and Bust: Budgets & People
October 18, 2021
If we can’t find a way to smooth the curve of supply, we don’t just face the problem of the spike - we lose knowledge, we lose pace and we leave the business frustrated that we can’t deliver in the timeframe we would have achieved had we not had to align our skills management to the arbitrary measure of the Gregorian calendar.
You Can't Release That!
October 12, 2021
If you’re a bank or other financial organisation and you’re releasing software in production, you’re not supposed to take risks. Forget the fact that our entire financial industry is based on risk, software is supposed to be safe as houses, and not put the business ‘at risk’.
Bootstrapping Agile Delivery inside Financial Services
October 7, 2021
A great deal has been written about Agile in recent years and although most financial firms have already embraced this method over traditional waterfall ways of working within the product and IT domains, few have properly been able to transform to their organisations’ operations around a progressive multi-disciplined agile agenda.
Change as Usual (CAU): The Case For Never Starting A Project
August 11, 2020
A lot has been said about the differences in organisational construct when tackling a particular project versus dealing with the business as usual (BAU) tasks associated with running your firm. What methodology works best? Do you fully embrace Agile or are you wedded to Waterfall ? Or do you implement a blend of the two and benefit from a mixed output as a result, like most organisations?
Project Communications: Keep This Workstream Front & Centre
June 16, 2020
Perhaps the Communication Workstream sometimes gets overlooked as being slightly nebulous, a soft requirement in a world of pressured deliverables. But it really is essential for validating progress, ensuring adherence to a common goal, and for uncovering issues and risks which might otherwise end up siloed in a single group within the programme.
Ways of Working: Technology, Tools & Attitude
May 24, 2020
When it comes to attitude, no tool can make a person embrace a different way of working. But seeing projects succeed certainly can, and we look to positively reinforce our personal experiences regularly. We encourage over-communication. We certainly find that the more we communicate, the fewer opportunities there are for blockers to not be brought to light and for solutions to be identified more quickly, and with greater creativity.
The Experience Practice: Design Systems
April 29, 2020
There’s a lot of discussion in the Digital space at the moment about Design Systems: what they are, why they are important and what benefit they deliver to organisations.In the first of a series of conversations, Mike and Mark touch on the topic.
Ways of Working: Adaptability Is the Key
April 6, 2020
To be most productive, embrace the flexibility of working remotely. Trust your colleagues to do the same. You might just find that you get just as much, or more, out of your day than when you lost 2 hours of your day to travel.
Digital Transformation in Banking
April 6, 2020
There’s a significant benefit to declaring victories early on in a programme, even if those victories are seemingly inconsequential when compared to the bigger picture or goal. Success breeds success and achievements are not only psychologically important for the execution team themselves but equally so for your stakeholders. Planning those quick wins and identifying how they would be measured is crucial.
April 4, 2020
Joe Wilks and Mark Rothwell-Brooks talk about IR35 reform.
Agile Working in a Digital Bank: Launching into Production. Is It Working?
March 24, 2020
To get things live, you’ve got to work with the system, not ignore the system. Agile when done correctly does deliver the capability to launch product and iterate swiftly. Uber and Monza are classic examples of this, but their starting positions were not saddled with 150 years of DNA that is counterintuitive to the core belief that better is the enemy of the good.
Not Just Thinking, But Doing
February 15, 2020
In order to fairly and objectively assess what’s happening in your firm, your department, or your team, whether it’s BAU, a tactical project or a strategic plan, you need to be open and willing to accept that you’ve got it wrong, you’re
The Curse of the Broken Hiring Process
April 16, 2018
Top talent is on the contract market for less than 2 weeks - at best. If you expect the candidate to hang around whilst you go through a protracted process of approvals, second or third interviews, background checks, contractual back and forth before making an offer, then chances are, you’re wasting your time. The Impact Team have a series of accelerators that help you change the root cause of the delays, streamline your demand assessment, and more effectively manage the supply options.