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Consulting and Coaching

Why work with us?

If you’ve tried every known Agile framework and method; if you’ve installed the latest processes and tools on the market; if you’ve created an “Agile Centre of Excellence” and an “Agile Playbook” and you’re still not seeing the benefits you expect to see, here’s why…

There is more value created with overall alignment than local excellence

Don Reinertsen, author of The Principles of Product Development Flow

Compared to hiring a big consultancy, you’ll save hundreds of thousands in consultancy fees alone, not to mention millions in business value created and business waste averted when alignment happens.

We help teams, managers and leaders to work more effectively together, to deliver more value for their organisations and customers, while generating engagement and enjoyment as a priority.

Who we work with

We help to align:

  • product and portfolio groups and teams
  • software teams
  • project and programme management groups
  • senior management teams
  • marketing, HR, finance teams
  • user experience and user research groups
  • customer and product support teams

How we help

We take a whole systems approach, which typically involves some or all of:

  • interviewing individuals and groups to understand their challenges
  • uncovering hidden impediments to the flow of value
  • facilitating visioning, ideation & planning workshops 
  • supporting individuals and teams to communicate and collaborate
  • supporting managers and leaders to support their groups and teams
  • structuring and forming value streams, teams, teams-of-teams, and working groups
  • identifying and adapting roles and responsibilities for maximum clarity and alignment
  • configuring and adapting team and multi-team processes and workflows so that work flows smoothly
  • configuring and adapting team and multi-team meeting structures for maximising alignment
  • facilitating reviews and retrospectives for continuous adaptation and improvement
  • organising and facilitating team development for maximising trust, psychological safety and alignment

Approaches we use

We promise not to exclude from consideration any idea based on its source, but to consider ideas across schools and heritages in order to find the ones that best suit the current situation.

Taken from The Oath of Non-Allegiance, Alistair Cockburn (co-author of The Agile Manifesto)

We work with robust yet contextual and adaptable methods, processes, frameworks, and approaches distilled from Lean, Agile, Product Development Flow, Lean Startup, Lean Change Management and Design Thinking (amongst others).

We work with people and teams using systemic coaching and a focus on individual and team strengths.

We bring empathy, support, and challenge, to inspire people and teams to collaborate and perform better. 

Ryan Behrman – Founder

With a background as a software developer and senior project manager in multi-national consulting firms, Ryan turned to coaching and facilitation over a decade ago. He has coached, consulted and trained teams, managers and leaders in industries as far afield as retail, supply chain, publishing, government, travel, cloud software, education, investment banking, wealth management, telecommunications, energy and data analytics.

Ryan has trained over a thousand managers, coaches and facilitators in adaptive approaches to management, leadership, coaching and facilitation. In 2014 he ran the first Management 3.0 training in the UK which he continued running dozens of times worldwide for almost a decade. Since 2017 he has co-authored 4 industry-leading courses and programmes, all accredited by ICAgile, in Team Agility Coaching, Team Agility Facilitation, Enterprise Agility Foundations and Coaching Enterprise Agility and Transformation.

Ryan holds an MBA from Warwick Business School where his dissertation compared agile approaches with traditional approaches to management and workflow (“Agile vs Waterfall for Complex E-Commerce Projects”, 2011). He holds over a dozen certifications in coaching and facilitation and is trained in Professional Coaching (Coaching Development UK), Organisational Constellations (The Whole Partnership), Family Constellations (The Centre for Systemic Constellations), Action Learning Sets (Action Learning Centre), Lego Serious Play (Serious Work), Relational Mindfulness and Insight Dialogue (Optimal Living), Bohmian Dialogue (Dialogue Creates) and Systemic Team Coaching (Academy of Executive Coaching). He is the founder of Systemic Agility and the CEO of StrongSuits, the strengths-based approach to building stronger teams and leaders.

Coaching and facilitation to transform teams and organisations

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