Open Access Government Article: Bringing real-world acceleration to large scale digital transformations

Axiologik's Sales Director, Dominic Carter recently teamed up with Open Access Government to share how Axiologik bring real-world acceleration to large scale digital transformations. Full article below.

Dom Carter, Sales Director at Axiologik charts how the firm brings real-world acceleration to large scale digital transformations.

At Axiologik, we specialise in bringing real-world acceleration to large scale digital transformations. We’re experts in agile frameworks, Continuous Delivery & DevOps, but we recognise that acceleration comes from alignment, principles, strong governance and leadership and not from textbooks, shiny tools and ‘promise-everything’ methods.

Every member of our team has successfully delivered major change programmes for large organisations, often playing an instrumental role in bringing them back from the brink. We’re not consultants dealing in abstract theory and recommendations that can’t be implemented – we believe in real-world, pragmatic advice, backed up by experience. We don’t believe in beating about the bush and political half-truths – we value absolute honesty and doing the right thing. Whilst we respect the intent, we think outcomes matter more

Our story & where we come from

Having met in 2007 turning around one of the UK’s largest ever IT programmes, the founders went on to play senior leadership roles in FTSE100 and global IT services companies. We’ve led some of the world’s largest agile digital transformations, delivered in environments where mistakes have consequences and systematically and consistently brought troubled situations back from the brink.

Throughout our careers, we’ve helped organisations get struggling IT programmes back on track. The business context changes and approaches mature, but the root causes of failure remain the same. We formed Axiologik in 2016 because we believe our industry deserves better and that right first time should be the norm, not the exception.

Our services & expertise at a glance…

Real World Programme Delivery for The Digital Age

Project & Programme Recovery

We have unparalleled experience of stabilising and turning around struggling projects in both the public and private sectors.

70% of projects don’t turn out the way organisations expect them to, with 17% going so wrong they put organisations at risk. Nobody deliberately starts to deliver a programme badly, but things have a tendency to snowball.

Turning around projects and programmes in trouble needs laser-sharp focus, strong leadership and the ability to take the important decisions. Our leadership team and vast network of consultants have unparalleled experience of stabilising and turning around struggling projects in both the public and private sectors.

Digital Delivery Strategy

Start your digital transformation on the right foot from day one.

Successfully executing large scale digital change to establish sustainable and meaningful digital services requires clarity of vision, strategically aligned enterprise and technology architecture, mature engineering practices and effective product strategy and management.

Despite lots of effort, organisations often struggle with actually delivering impact, either because they aren’t doing the right work or because they’re not being effective in doing the work itself. To be successful, there must be razor-sharp clarity of vision and clear lineage between the delivery roadmap and the outcomes to be delivered. At the same time, operating models, architecture and engineering must all push in the same direction, otherwise, inertia will restrict progress.

We help organisations think holistically about delivering end-to-end digital services by establishing clarity of outcomes, determining the right work to do, sequencing it appropriately, establishing appropriate architecture and technology frameworks, creating effective service design capabilities, implementing mature engineering regimes and bringing everything into strategic alignment to deliver meaningful, frictionless digital transformation.

Digital Enterprise Architecture

If you are looking for vision with deep expertise, get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Open standards, APIs, versioning, immutability, containerisation, cloud architecture, idempotency, micro-services, event-driven architectures, eventual consistency, platform-based architectures, channel/service design/product strategy – it’s easy to be blinded by technical jargon and lose sight of the fact that systems and services are architected to deliver a purpose.

Our Digital Enterprise Architecture service translates business strategy into technology standards, roadmaps, architecture practices, control frameworks and assurance mechanisms to ensure that technology is a source of advantage rather than an impediment. Highly performant and operable digital services require deep expertise in modern techniques with the knowledge that architecture is a strategic journey that requires vision, alignment and control.

We specialise in adapting complex, brownfield, legacy architectures for fast product flow through applied technology strategy, architecture leadership, solution-level ‘know-how’ and a focus on software operability and have successfully led architecture teams on some of the largest digital programmes in the world.

A key aspect of our approach is the rigorous alignment of technology and architecture practices to strategy. We believe that technology and architecture must never be an end in itself. If you’re looking for vision with deep expertise, contact our team today to find out how we can help you to move forward.

Software Delivery Acceleration at Scale

In a digital world, thinking fast and delivering faster is a source of strategic advantage. ​If going faster is something you need, we can help you achieve it.

There is a direct link between delivering software quickly and organisational outperformance. ‘Going fast’ for simple software systems in uncomplicated environments is easy. Establishing a fast release cadence in brownfield, regulated, legacy, highly-coupled environments is hard.

Axiologik has helped several large-scale public sector organisations move their release cadence from months to on-demand by focusing on organisational agile methods, promoting architectural decoupling, establishing advanced engineering practices and incubating lean-agile continuous improvement cultures. At the same time, we lead organisations in establishing new product-led operating models, strategies and working practices built around fast flow of change.

We are experts at the adoption of DevOps, continuous delivery and lean practices, at scale and in regulated environments. At the same time, we are recognised leaders in bringing ‘service’ and ‘product’ thinking to public sector environments. We combine strategy, operating model, architecture and engineering leadership in an unparalleled way to help you deliver meaningful change, faster.

​If going faster is something you need, we can help you achieve it.

Transformation & Delivery Leadership

We’ve delivered some of the largest and most complex transformations in the world – we can help you deliver yours.

Delivering complex portfolios of digital change at pace is difficult, especially when looking to embed new ways of working at the same time. Axiologik has successfully led some of the UK’s largest and highest-profile digital transformations, often coming in to recover failing projects and programmes.

We lead digital transformation at all levels, from C-level to squad level delivery management, and provide leadership across the full lifecycle. In particular, we specialise in stabilising and transforming delivery effectiveness of large portfolios of complex digital change through applying the right balance of pragmatic thinking, delivery rigour and delivery acceleration techniques at the right time.

A key aspect of our approach is the establishment of outcome-led, service & product based operating models built around agile delivery at scale and advanced engineering practices. We are recognised experts in agile delivery at scale and apply GDS service standards natively as part of our approach.

Simply put, projects and programmes can fail to deliver the expected outcomes and the reasons aren’t immediately obvious to those involved in day-to-day delivery who can’t comprehend why they aren’t getting a better return for their investments, irrespective of the improvement initiatives they carry out. This is why we introduced the Digital Delivery Health Check.

Digital Delivery Healthcheck

Through our Digital Delivery Healthcheck, our real-world delivery experts help you understand what’s working well and where to focus efforts to transform delivery effectiveness.

Projects and programmes often fail to deliver expected outcomes and organisations can’t comprehend why they aren’t getting a better return for their investments, irrespective of the improvement initiatives they carry out – it’s often hard to see the wood for the trees and work out what to do.

Invariably, the reasons for under-performance are complex and aren’t immediately obvious to those involved in day-to-day delivery. Our Digital Health Check is a comprehensive, 360-degree assessment carried out by industry-leading experts to really understand what’s working well, as well as the root cause of underperformance to establish a roadmap for programme recovery.

Having delivered some of the UK’s largest digital transformation programmes, managed multi-£billion portfolios and established successful software companies, we will help you understand and fix any digital delivery problem, regardless of scale.

Next Steps

If you have a struggling programme, if going faster is something you need, or if your operating model just isn’t firing, we will help you understand why and get you back on track.

Why not get in touch today at contact@axiologik.com and see how we can help you too.

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