Cara Bermingham, Head of Agile Delivery at The Co-op
The Co-op is a business of nearly 200 years old and undergoing a digital transformation from top to bottom. This is no easy feat and in this talk we find out how the Co-op is bridging the gap between the past and its ambitious future.
From discovering how to speak the same language between agile and waterfall and in-between, through setting up partnerships and communities of interest, Cara has discovered the challenges the Co-op is facing and how they start with people and not methodologies. In this talk, we’ll learn how this people-first approach to transformation is working in practice, that leaving preconceptions at the door, seeing colleagues as a human first and job role second is starting to get people excited about working together across the business. BONUS: This approach works for clients too!
In past lives, Cara worked as a Technical PM, a Digital Producer and a Programme Manager but once she discovered her talents and skills working with self-organising teams, she moved to coaching and didn’t look back. Recently re-located to Manchester, Cara now leads the Agile Delivery community over at Co-op Digital, where she’s applying her experience to the digital transformation of the Co-op, supporting the teams there with delivery and helping to grow the Agile capabilities and communities across the Co-op group.
Before the recent relocation to Manchester, Cara was a Delivery Coach at ustwo in London. She’s been working for over a decade with digital products of all shapes and sizes, helping teams to form, perform and supporting them through the messy and confusing bits of delivery.
In this talk, we’ll learn how a people-first approach to transformation is working in practice, leaving preconceptions at the door, seeing colleagues as a human first and job role second. BONUS: This approach works for clients too!