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Michael Short

In his 30-year career creating, funding and leading dynamic and commercially successful organisations in the pharmaceutical and medical industries, Michael has honed his talent for building highly beneficial strategic relationships. Since January 2011 he’s been leading the next phase of our growth, and came on board full time in May 2012. Here’s why: “We’ve successfully applied Radtac thinking in many industries – including plastics manufacture, marketing and advertising agencies, pharmaceuticals and biotech. “We’ve helped clients reduce costs and increase profitability ten-fold. As IT becomes central to much of what companies do, Radtac's breadth of experience is of its time for our clients.”
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Radtac 3-Stage Value Growth Model: An Alternative Way of Looking At Organisation Value Flow and the ‘How’ of Delivery

14-Apr-2016 11:30:00 Culture Agile measuring Value growth Agile

Radtac 3-Stage Value Growth Model

Businesses need to have a culture and this culture requires consistency with enough flexibility to adjust to differing business requirements. As a result of that, Radtac has created a simple to understand model that helps the organisations we work with combine culture with the flexible working model. The model represents how we communicate about a project we are working on, and, therefore, which measures we are going to use to show progress and return on investment (ROI).

The Radtac 3-Stage Value Growth Model allows organisations to position their need and possible solution discussion against standard business terms. It moves the discussion from process or methodology into practical delivery of value, through actions with defined outcomes using business value measurement, for example P+L or Balance Sheet.

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The Wobbly Bridge, the Walkie Talkie & Agile Architecture: What’s The Common Ground?

27-Jan-2016 16:00:00 Agile architecture Agile

This article is an additional response to an excellent article written by Simon Powers here, where Simon discusses putting Architecture back onto the Agile roadmap.

Most functionality needs architecture to work. An obvious example to illustrate this fact are buildings. There was a famous case with London’s Millennium Bridge, which gained the nickname ‘Wobble Bridge’ because it was... a bit too wobbly. The problem was fixed with dampers, similar to shock absorbers on cars, without a rebuild or redesign of the bridge being necessary.

Since then, another problem has come to light with the Walkie Talkie building. Reflected sunlight coming from the building was damaging cars, and the problem was fixed with some simple solar shading. 

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Banking and Finance: How Does Innovation Get Delivered in Your Bank?

03-Jun-2015 11:30:00 Banking Finance Innovation Consulting

As Radtac has many banking clients, this blog post has been written from the perspective that we are part of the retail banking community.

“I’m not so sure that I want my bank to be ‘innovative’ with my money.” Isn’t it this kind of attitude that got us into mixed investment banks and retail banks in the first place? The challenge of casino banking using deposits from customers who just didn’t realise what was going on. So thanks, but no thanks.

Well I’m not talking about that type of innovation – because that isn’t innovation, it’s gaming and betting. I am talking about innovation that delivers valued services to the customer. The omni-channel “know your customer” banking that we are already taking part in on our smartphones and tablets.

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Unusual Companies: Retail Banks, Innovation and Technology

Retail banking in many ways has been at the forefront of innovation with hole in the wall cash machines, telephone, then internet, then mobile banking, secure payments, we could go on. However they are also running the new appearance on some very old and not fit for purpose IT systems. How have they survived FTSE / S&P churn and will they survive going into the future?

If we look at the FTSE 100 companies we are left to ponder an interesting fact: only 24% of them survive since the FTSE was founded in 1984. This general deterioration in length of survival as a FTSE firm is also consistent with the findings for the S&P indexfrom the same year.

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Doing, Stop Doing, Doing Something New: Understanding Customer Behaviour in Omni-Channel Environments

22-Apr-2015 15:30:00 Business insider Banking Finance Big data

Retail Banking and Finance: Audit for Your Response to Customer Demands

Knowing who your customers are and what they want is the Holy Grail of many marketers and business stakeholders. Often at times we might think we know, but we couldn’t be more wrong. And if this wasn’t enough of a challenge in a traditional environment, we now face the pressure of needing extensive customer profiles in an omni-channel environment.

Subject to this challenge are many industry sectors, with the banking and finance world being one of them. Reports like the EY Report, Winning Through Customer Experience, and the Accenture report, The Digital Disruption in Banking, show what types of issues financial institution and banks face, issues that could be fatal to them if not addressed.

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The Bottom Line or The End of the Vision Road for our big high street and Out-of-town retailers?

22-Oct-2014 16:30:00 Culture Training

I have tried to write this blog three times in the past year and have always ended up canning it. You know, “not quite the right alignment of purpose and insight”, “too long winded”, “boring marketing analysis” or “death through the turgidity of accounting”. But now it has come together.

 

While I would like to write specifically, with examples, I realised that the value was in the generic….oh and advice from the lawyers. I still have the original safely tucked away.

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Press Release - Radtac Launches Certified Scaled Agilist: Leading SAFe Course

Radtac is proud to announce the further expansion of its Certified Agile Training Portfolio in 2014.

Radtac now has 2 certified SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) Program Consultants, Darren Wilmshurst and Randal Cooper. They have demonstrated a proven knowledge in Agile programs, program portfolio management, Agile architecture, and leadership. As a consequence, they are now able to train leaders and teams, act as a certifying agent for SAFe Agilists and SAFe practitioners, and launch Agile Release Trains as part of an enterprise Lean/Agile change initiative.

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Press Release: Radtac and BCS Launch Agile Certifications

12-Sep-2013 16:00:00 BCS Training Agile

Last night Radtac was proud to be a part of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, launch of new Agile Certifications at both Foundation and Practitioner level. The certification programme has been developed specifically working with the industry to meet the demands of those utilising Agile. Radtac has developed the Foundation course on behalf of the BCS.

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Radtac embeds learning through doing

20-May-2013 14:30:00 Agile delivery

Radtac was engaged in late 2012 with the objective of enhancing the quality and efficiency of the client’s software development process. They needed to achieve change while continuing to deliver important system and client updates.

The Client was using classic ‘V’ model for development, which was proving less effective as the demand to increase the speed of delivery was continually growing in an environment of accelerating change. Like most successful businesses, their software portfolio is a mix of modern development and legacy systems running on older technologies, and managing the prioritisation of new development, versus serving their existing estate of customers, is a problem that will be familiar to many of us.

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Coaching or Training - what delivers the best value?

29-Apr-2013 17:00:00 Training

When considering changing work, technical and delivery practices, training is one way to help that process. I can hear you all waiting for the ‘but’…..in fact it is an ‘and’. Training is not a change programme it is only an element of a change programme and coaching is probably a more important component.

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