As a strategy for improving our organisations, some folks put their faith in improving "management". Some in more "process". Others yet in "people". The latter group have decided that people are at the heart of collaborative knowledge work, and so progress is predicated on better understanding of people – through e.g. group dynamics, psychology, neuroscience and so on.
In this session we will explore the People Path together, sharing some insights and hopefully learning a thing or two about e.g. people and some practical ideas for improving the quality of human relationships in your teams and workplaces.
Bob Marshall has dedicated his career to helping businesses dramatically improve the effectiveness of their software development and design engineering efforts. In the course of this career he has worked at the cutting edge of software and business systems development for the best part of thirty years.
Throughout, he has consistently inspired people to improve their own capabilities – along with those of their teams and organisations. He spent three years as founder and CEO of Familiar, Europe’s UK’s first one hundred percent Agile software house and consultancy start-up, serving major clients in Telecoms, Finance, Travel, Media, and eBusiness.
He has for the past fourteen years headed Falling Blossoms – a Software Development Management Consultancy advising organisations how best to go about software-intensive product development in all its aspects.
Previously he held the role of Senior Java Architect with Sun Microsystems’ UK Java Center, and before that fulfilled many innovation-facing roles, from developer, analyst, designer and architect, through product-, project- and general management, consultancy, systems administration and QA, to operations, marketing and sales.
With a keen focus on business value, able to de-risk client projects and provide guaranteed outcomes, most of his assignments now revolve around working as a trusted advisor or interim executive to ambitious, growing technology-led companies, meeting the challenges involved in taking their businesses to the next level, and speeding the flow of innovation and value in their concept-to-cash pipelines.
He is the co-founder of the RIghtshifting movement, and the creator of the Marshall Model (Dreyfus for the organisation), as well as Prod•gnosis, Emotioneering and FlowChain; the enterprise-wide approach to developing software-intensive products and services.
He has pioneered the application of psychology and psychotherapy techniques to software development, and these days, he most often works under the title of “Organisational Psychotherapist”.