Cultivated Consulting

There are some problems that simply won’t be solved without some external help. Management problems being one of them!

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.


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 in both Technology and HR.

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 – I can act as a catalyst 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, compelling and believable – I can help you craft that, articulate it and communicate it.

Consistent, on-going clear communication and effective management is needed – this allows people autonomy over their part in the journey towards the goal.

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. I can help.

Teaching and Learning – One aspect of consultancy I really enjoy is 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 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. It also requires an awareness and collaboration with HR – this was my life for 2 years in a fast growing tech company.

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

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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).

Save your money. You cannot buy agility – it must be released at a pace and rate that your business can sustain. This comes from having strong foundations in your culture, HR and team and removing friction.

The sad reality is that most consultants sell tactics and strategies around tech, ceremonies, tools and frameworks – these can be helpful – but they are unsustainable over the long term if your foundation are screwed.

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 these core foundations too.

  • HR and Rewards mechanisms
  • Strong purpose, vision and values
  • Clear communication
  • Solid coaching plans and awareness of how individuals contribute to the success of your team
  • Measures, metrics and improvements
  • Solid management principles and behaviours

I knew that move to HR would be valuable in the end 🙂

Cultivated Approach

I’m a one man band with access to a network of super-professionals in the agile, tech and HR space. As such my service is a very personal one. I’m here for you to succeed. In order to succeed though we both need to understand what we’re trying to achieve.

I approach consultancy in my usual friendly, curious and fun manner, but with a seriousness designed to get to the heart of your problems quickly. Without understand what problems exists it’s pretty much impossible to come up with solutions that last the test of time.

At the heart of my approach is the belief that you will have most of the right people, maybe not in the right places, but in your business, ready and willing to do the right work.

The following framework is the basic starter guide I like to use – it get’s us chatting about what your problems are and how I might be able to help. It’s a useful model to discuss how we can move forward. It gets us building a relationship. It’s not set in stone but helps to guide.

The relationship kick-off guide gets us to the root of how I might be able to help you.

Relationship Kick Off Guide
Relationship Kick Off Guide


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

Don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat, quote or formal proposal of work, even if the problem you have does not fall neatly in to one of the above areas of work.

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