Are you delivering enterprise software
Are your digital product teams working effectively?

At Versus, we get your people working together
at extraordinary levels of effectiveness, to engage in remarkable feats of excellence, daring and adventure.

We work holistically across
Business, Process, Technology and Culture.

Faster software delivery

How long does it take to deliver a new feature ?
Weeks… ?   Months… ?   Forever… ?

We accelerate how organisations move ideas and features into software that‘s in the hands of customers and stakeholders, by holistically analysing the delivery process, and training teams to identify and remove road-blocks.
But it’s not enough just to go faster…

Adaptive product development

What’s so hard about predicting the future ?

We equip your organisation with a tool-kit to become attuned to your customers, and a scientific method to guide product innovation, so that you have a plan to learn what customers want, what makes a successful new product, and how to respond to market challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Enterprise-scale agile

What music do you play to make an
elephant dance ?

We design with you a holistic way of operating across your whole organisation, aligning every role and function towards improved effectiveness and predictability that creates value for customers.

Results-conscious culture

Do companies create culture by accident ?
…or is it a deliberate choice supporting results ?

We show you how to harness the creative collective power within your organisation. You get continuous improvement and pursuit of results by creating a trust-aware environment where every voice is able to contribute.
And guess what… it’s a joyful way to work.

We help you deliver faster by using our SIMPLER method.

Scaling Impact Purposefully in a Mindful Environment

Diagram illustrating our engagement process
  1. Build trust

    Trust is absolutely key to long-term success.

    — Jim Burke, former Chairman, Johnson & Johnson

    Trust me, I know what I’m doing.

    — Inspector Sledge Hammer, SFPD

    We make it our business to build hands-on credibility with you.

    Experience us: see what we’re like to work with, and let us see what you’re like. We do either a 90 minute interactive briefing for up to eight senior managers and engineers, or a one-day event from our repertoire of workshops.

  2. Understand why

    Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

    — Stephen R. Covey

    If you can’t explain it to a 6 year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

    — Albert Einstein

    We seek a profound appreciation of your Why?

    We ask you three questions:
    • What problem do you need to solve?
    • What impact are you looking for?
    • How do we make decisions?

    Your answers provide us with the strategy we use to navigate the engagement.

  3. Do one thing well

    A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.

    — Lao Tzu

    Saying ”no“ is focus.

    Hiut Denim

    You deserve measurable results. If we change just one thing at a time, it will become clear what the impact of the change is.

    We engage across four organisational arenas:
    the organisation, its products, the teams that deliver the products, and the individuals who make up the teams.

  4. Scale it up

    Thousands of candles can be lit from a
    single candle.

    — Gautama Buddha

    If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.

    — Wittgenstein

    We help you roll the impact out across the entire organisation.

    Like it or not, human beings are the limiting factor for scaling an initiative. Yet they’re also the positive multiplier. That’s why we developed the Versus holistic model that encompasses Business, Process and Technology, and puts Culture at the centre.

  5. Excellence, Daring and…

    Adventure is curiosity, the willingness to embrace uncertainty.

    — Bruce Kirkby

    No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.

    Lewis Carroll

    You have just successfully taken your first step as an adaptive organisation.

    Being adaptive and responsive to change is a journey, not a destination.

    What is your next step?

Steve Alexander

Erstwhile senior manager, occasional software engineer, sometime stage improv actor… Versus partner and Co-founder Steve’s aim is to make work more satisfying, joyful and productive, through raising the collective intelligence of the organisations surrounding our work. To do this, he employs a bricolage of systems-coaching, improv games, Lean and Agile process knowledge, and positive psychology.

Steve is a technologist: never satisfied with something merely working, he is driven to discover exactly what makes it tick. This goes for software systems, but also human and organisational systems, the purposeful connections and structures joining people’s minds and hearts. He’s a practitioner of Agile and XP software development methods, Holacracy, and applied systems thinking — equipping organisations to make better decisions, be better aligned and more compassionate.

Complementing his consulting, Steve is both a teacher and student of mindfulness, in the Advaita Vedanta meditation tradition. He lives in London with his wife, a dog and a cat.

Cuan Mulligan

Former programme manager, sometime digital strategist, occasional life coach… Co-founder and Versus partner, Cuan is obsessed with getting stuff to market faster — not just anything, but the right thing. Through bittersweet experience, he’s found the most effective way to do this is to set up success-making environments within companies, where people working on a product feel the joy of creating something that matters, and feel immediately the impact of their decisions upon themselves, their colleagues, and their customers.

Cuan is passionate about Agile methods, Scrum, Holacracy, Product Management, creating high-performing teams and fast-evolving products. Not only that, he has the certificates, credentials, and experience to back it up with bold insight and creative action.

Alongside consulting, Cuan is a student of fine cooking, fine-art photography, and any learning that reveals a new perspective on the human condition. He lives in London with his wife, two boys, and two cats.


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