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Martin Burns

Martin Burns is an executive change agent with a track record of leading and improving delivery in enterprise custom software development and systems support, with hands-on experience of introducing and using lean/agile methods.

Martin coaches delivery leaders, initiating (and in some cases, rescuing) sustainable transformation to more effective ways of delivering business value. Martin also writes, educates and speaks to international audiences.

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What I Do

I work with large organisations to help them transform towards Lean & Agile ways of working, through both transformative consulting and hands-on delivery, ensuring that clients have both theory and experience to draw from.

With the client base I work with, I have found that the Scaled Agile Framework is often a useful starting place and a model that stakeholders find it easier to buy into. To enable me to be more effective in supporting clients in that model, I am certified as a SAFe® Programe Consultant.

Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant

Sources of Inspiration

I read voraciously to the limits that time and budget permit. All my hypotheses and experiments are systematically validated against both theory and real life experience of others. This is no ivory tower, egghead pursuit, but a thirst for meaning.

Addendum, March 2014

This rate has recently significantly reduced. See this blog post for some thoughts about that.



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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity

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The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone

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Experience by itself teaches nothing… Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence, without theory, there is no learning.

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