Cultivated Consulting

There are some problems that simply won’t be solved without some external help.

You may be struggling with hiring, retaining people, building effective release cycles, getting your testing to where it needs to be, getting your managers to do the right work, trying to make DevOps work, having challenges with your Agile transition or simply struggling to build the culture you want.

I can help.

You cannot buy culture or agility – but you can release it little by little and with outside help you can often get over the hurdles that stand in your way.

Expertise – It could be that you don’t quite have the expertise yet or you need someone to help spot problems that are holding you back. I have a wealth of experience in building highly productive agile teams.

Deliver– Or maybe you just need someone to come in and support, nurture, mentor and grow your team – or simply help your team out in times of need. I can help manage, coach, teach or release agility.

Catalyst – Sometimes I will act as catalysts for change – this is one of my specialisms and I know how hard it can be to inspire and lead teams through dramatic change – the key is an inspirational vision that is clear – then good communication skills and solid management that allows people autonomy over the journey to the goal. Or maybe I could help you bring new life to your organisation through the energy and fun I bring to all work environments.

Objectivity – Or it could be you need some objectivity – someone to bounce ideas off. Someone to come in and do an audit, assess your plans or to help you build a strategy that makes sense.

Teaching and Learning – One aspect of consultancy I really enjoy is the teaching and learning. Maybe your teams don’t have the right skills and need some in-person, on the job training (the best form of training). Although I have many training courses sometimes that’s simply not enough – you and your team may need some on-going training and teaching.

Hiring and Firing people is hard work and it requires an approach that I can help you with. Building and forming teams takes good communication skills, empathy, respect and the ability to truly understand problems. This has been my bread and butter trade for 5+ years.

No matter what you may be struggling with, I am sure I can help – or will know someone in my network who can.

Having been through epic team change, hired 100s of technologist, scaled agile, built satellite offices, done away with Waterfall, brought in consistent and respectful management, built communication plans, trained many people in communication and build strong career progression paths, it’s fair to say I might be able to help you with some tech business challenges you might face.

Don’t waste your money. Don’t throw money at tech and agile consultants if your foundations aren’t in place (values, management, career development, HR, rewards, people management, process improvement, remunerations or hiring). I’d rather you saved your cash. There will be little success unless your core foundations are being worked on too – the good news is I can help you with the foundations too.

The following are some of the areas I can help you with – and any associated articles, books or resources that give you a flavour of how I can help. I specialise in working with managers and execs.

  1. Being a catalyst or bringing new life to a team – Read –> Turning Around A Team
  2. Building a team in Poland.
  3. Hiring, Firing and Growing a Team – Read –> Turning Around A Team
  4. Software Testing Audit, Analysis, Team Building, Strategy – Read –> The Social Tester
  5. DevOps team building, process flows and Continuous Improvement –> I contributed a chapter to Building Agile In
  6. Releasing Agility
  7. Managing people and growing awesome teams – Read –> 10 Behaviours Of Effective Employees
  8. Communication Skills, training and corporate comms – Check out –> Communication Workshop
  9. Building a support team – Check Out –> A Blazingly Simple Guide To Building A Support Team

There are no doubt some topics missing from this list I could help with – don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat, quote or formal proposal of work.

Email me to find out moreĀ