wax pencil sketch of Russ Lewis

This is me, Russ Lewis

My talented daughter, Hannah drew this portrait of me. She’s captured me as reflective, a thinker. I’ve also been described as a “seeker of truth”.

It’s easier to describe yourself as others see you than it is to choose your own words.

Who are you?

Elephant and rider
Metropolitan Museum of Art / CC0

I’m a learner

There’s so much I have yet to learn, even about myself, whom I thought I knew. For example, it took me forty years to rediscover my emotions. As I became aware of them, I began to see how it was sometimes they, not me, that was in charge.

Image of rider on elephant: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Creative Commons

and a servant

I’m energised by serving a cause. That’s often supporting a leader as they develop themselves and their department.

What do you do?

Consult

I run Storm-Consulting, an IT management consulting practice that helps organizations improve their Business Agility. This approach to Agile involves co-creating ways of working that are 3X more effective.

Coach transformation leaders

I coach managers, supporting executives and leaders as they agilise their business areas. Digital transformation and senior Agile sponsors must be able to ‘walk the walk’ of The Agiliser not just talk about it. Coaching is done in strict confidence.

Agile Delivery for managers

Many of the tools and techniques I’ve developed to help managers transition to Lean Agile ways of working are available on the Agile-Delivery website, including:

  • The Chalice Model of value delivery (unpublished article, 2018)
  • Predictable and Agile Delivery (InfoQ article, 2016)
  • The Manager Role for Enterprise Agility (Agile 2016 conference video)
  • Role of the Manager (Research and workshops, 2015)
  • Early Stage Deliverables (2012)

Research

Although I’m mostly hands-on, I became interested in the academic approach whilst researching literature for my Master’s degree. My academic contributions to Agile and Agile Coaching literate include:

  • Agile Coaching; oxymoron or impactful profession? (Doctoral research, starting 2020)
  • Thesis: Improving Organisational Agility (Staffs, 2017)

Bio

Russ is a Digital Transformation expert and Senior Agile Coach in large companies in banking (payments and investment), online casino, travel, and hotel booking sectors. You won’t find them on his resume, yet he’s performed IT turnarounds and transformation rescues as Interim CTO and management consultant (for well-known firms).

As a software engineer, he led the team that designed and built TfL’s contactless fares system. As a technical instructor and course author, he traveled the world and was regularly hired to consult for the organizations he taught.

I write articles and give talks at conferences.