Jonathan Ward

Beneficial Consulting

Jon Ward lives in Walberswick, England, with his wife, Tatiana.
Jon is currently coaching lean-agile adoption in a six thousand employee division of a tier-one global bank. Previously, Jon was responsible for an agile transformation in an international telecoms firm’s four thousand eight hundred employee infrastructure division. When working with a software company as Director of Agile Transformation, Jon was able to reduce average delivery times by fifty per cent and effort by over forty per cent.
Jon has worked in Change Management for over thirty years, working with blue-chip organisations. Initially, on leaving college as an apprentice, Jon was responsible for redesigning manual administrative processes used to manufacture components for Concorde and the Harrier jumpjet. More recently, Jon has been accountable for transformational agile change in various organisations introducing new ways of working to improve delivery performance and teamwork.
Jon regularly writes thought leadership articles, has authored two books and created the Agile Lineout framework.

Jon believes in contextual agile. Rather than using one framework or set techniques, Jon introduces appropriate ways of agile working enabling organisations to achieve their strategic goals. This contextual focus may involve tailoring agile approaches and blending them with traditional techniques. For example, recently, Jon combined Benefits Management approaches from Managing Successful Programmes with SAFe and Disciplined Agile components. Consequently, Jon has a reputation for pragmatism and for implementing new ways of working, which make a difference.

Talks to be announced.


Talk—Agile is not just for software engineers

Workshop—Use of Value Stream analysis in the design of agile teams and continuous improvement