Waiting at the departure gate at Heathrow Terminal 2, dressed as an eskimo as I didn’t trust the weather reports for Hamburg! The question I started to explore: Is Payment Service Directive 2 (PSD2) and Open Banking friend or foe for banks? There are 2 key players influencing change, the European Banking Authority (EBA) who … Continue reading Is PSD2 and Open Banking friend or foe for banks?
One of my 2017 mini objectives was to visit the Monzo office, meet the awesome team and see where the magic happens! If you haven’t heard of Monzo its a new bank, with ambitions to build the best bank on the planet. Have a look at their website and sign up – you will not … Continue reading Monzo Open Office Event
2017 Banking Transformation (5 minute read) Happy New Year! I hope everybody has had a great festive period. Mine was amazing, I spent time absorbing the beauty of nature in winter and sharing special moments with loved ones with complete digital detox. To warm up my neurones as I awake from my digital hibernation I … Continue reading 2017 Banking Transformation
Digital Transformation – Awesome Product Owner (10 minute read) One of the expected outputs of digital transformation should be epic digital products. Products that engage, add value and seamlessly intertwine into the lives of users. Nostalgic reference alert… Digital transformation is tough and requires the A Team which should include a “Hannibal Smith” Product Owner … Continue reading Awesome Product Owner
Digital Transformation – Servant Leadership (10 minute read) The year 2017 will be the year of digital transformation across traditional banks, as they respond to emerging technology and Fintech competition. Many moons ago, during my MSc, my Professor of Change Management, Bernard Burns, used to say; “the key component of successful change is culture”, and … Continue reading Servant Leadership
Embracing Uncertainty – 10 mins read I was lucky enough to attend an agile conference where the keynote speaker was Dan North. This is my interpretation of his talk, enjoy. Who is Dan North? Dan has been coaching, coding and consulting in software delivery for over 20 years. He’s a great speaker and his website … Continue reading Embracing Uncertainty
In a recent visit to Germany I was privileged to have dinner with a seasoned solution architect. Over a vegetarian German pizza, we discussed implementing agile into legacy systems, the rise of micro services and then the perils of strategic architecture and how a business can become a victim. It sounds like a dichotomy strategic … Continue reading Are you a victim of strategic architecture?
Working out of Hamburg this week with no wifi in the hotel, I decided to stream the WWDC Apple announcement. Was it worth the 4gb I used up? Yes it was! Super Mario Firstly, Super Mario Run is coming to your iPhone soon, so for all those nostalgic folk who remember the 80s, this is … Continue reading Apple Announcement 7th
Agile The world of technology and human advancement is changing at a pace never seen before in humanity. The volume of information and data available to the world has exploded. Unless you have been living in a rainforest and hunting and gathering, or under a rock you have seen these changes first hand.