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Enabling Sustainable
Gary O’Brien
Global Advisory Lead,
ThoughtWorks
Transformation
Enabling Sustainable
Transformation
3
Responsiveness is the 

new reality
Transparency and visibility
the new must-haves
Exploration and adoption
of emergent ...
PURPOSE
The reason customers seek value from us,
our role in society
• Define your outcomes
• Identify the measure
• Unlea...
EXPERIENCE
Let people ‘feel’ what it is like
• Create an exemplar
• An end to end slice
• Work on constraints
5ThoughtWorks
ENVIRONMENT
Let the work decide
• Measures cascade
• KPI’s
• Separate Budgets from the work
6ThoughtWorks
LEADERSHIP
New talents emerge
• Deal with ambiguity through transparency
• Strong community builders who form great teams
...
8ThoughtWorks
NO EXEMPTIONS
Transformation means everyone
• Don’t Feed the beast
• Don’t get stuck in transition
• Don’t o...
Get rid of budgets and job titles, work small,
learn often, gather people around a clear
outcome, measure success as somet...
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Enabling sustainable transformation- Gary O'Brien (ThoughtWorks Live)

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Gary explores the hurdles that must be overcome in order to become a responsive and values-driven organisation.

Gary works with large enterprises to drive change to the culture, planning, governance, and structure of the enterprise to better align with customers’ needs

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Enabling sustainable transformation- Gary O'Brien (ThoughtWorks Live)

  1. 1. Enabling Sustainable Gary O’Brien Global Advisory Lead, ThoughtWorks Transformation
  2. 2. Enabling Sustainable Transformation
  3. 3. 3 Responsiveness is the 
 new reality Transparency and visibility the new must-haves Exploration and adoption of emergent technology the new norm Capabillity Gap in capabillity to explore and exploit opportunities. Opportunities Opportunity Time
  4. 4. PURPOSE The reason customers seek value from us, our role in society • Define your outcomes • Identify the measure • Unleash the talent 4ThoughtWorks
  5. 5. EXPERIENCE Let people ‘feel’ what it is like • Create an exemplar • An end to end slice • Work on constraints 5ThoughtWorks
  6. 6. ENVIRONMENT Let the work decide • Measures cascade • KPI’s • Separate Budgets from the work 6ThoughtWorks
  7. 7. LEADERSHIP New talents emerge • Deal with ambiguity through transparency • Strong community builders who form great teams • Able to listen, steward, mentor. Clear the path for pace and adaptability • Provide outcomes with a minimum constraints • Return problems unsolved 7ThoughtWorks
  8. 8. 8ThoughtWorks NO EXEMPTIONS Transformation means everyone • Don’t Feed the beast • Don’t get stuck in transition • Don’t obsess with roles
  9. 9. Get rid of budgets and job titles, work small, learn often, gather people around a clear outcome, measure success as something your customers get and watch what happens. 
 
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