Sooner, Safer, Happier - an Evening with the Authors


LinuxRecruit and DevOps Exchange is excited to announce that our next event will feature the authors of Sooner, Safer, Happier -  Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility. 

"One of the most important Agile books since The Phoenix Project" - Charles Betz, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research. 

We'll be joined by Jonathan Smart, Zsolt Berend, Myles Ogilvie and Simon Rohrer for an interactive evening, with polls, presentations and a thoroughly encouraged Q&A!

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New York

Released on 10th November, this new book offers an alternative to the current framework dominated approaches to improvement. Sooner Safer Happier documents patterns and antipatterns for business agility based on observations from 100’s of organisations.

Thursday 25th February 2021 - 6pm UK

We'll be kicking things off at 6:00pm and the session will use Mentimeter to explore core drivers for organisational change and key obstacles that are experienced within organisations today. The author team will discuss core concepts from ’Sooner Safer Happier’ and facilitate an open Q&A.


1. Why, How and What?
2. Patterns & Anti-Patterns for business agility
3. Q&A

Attendees will be able to access discounts for bulk purchase and engage in future collaboration if desired.

The Authors:

Jonathan Smart
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Jonathan is a business agility practitioner, thought leader, and coach. Smart leads Deloitte’s Business Agility practice, helping organizations deliver better value sooner, safer, and happier through the application of agile, lean, and DevOps principles and practices organization wide. Previously Smart lead Ways of Working globally for Barclays Bank, helping to triple productivity, where he and his team won the Best Internal Agile Team at the Agile Awards in 2016.
Smart is also the founder of the Enterprise Agility Leaders Network, a member of the Programming Committee for the DevOps Enterprise Summit, a member of the Business Agility Institute Advisory Council, a guest speaker at London Business School, and speaks at numerous conferences a year

Zsolt Berend 
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Zsolt is a business agility practitioner, coach, and trainer. He helps global organizations on their journey to achieving Better Value Sooner Safer Happier. He began his early career as a research fellow in astronomy and then spent twenty years across industry sectors in various roles applying agile and lean practices, mainly in telecom, healthcare, financial services, and consulting. He was the global chair of the Agile Community of Practice at Barclays with more than 2,500 members, and with the Ways of Working Center of Enablement team, won “Best Internal Agile Team” at the Agile Awards 2016. He writes on Medium and is a speaker at conferences and meetups. His passion is data, measurements, insights, and the creation of learning organizations.

Myles Ogilvie 
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Myles has led, supported, and coached for new ways of working in traditional organisations for many years. He builds transparency, improves collaboration, and enables outcomes that deliver better value sooner safer happier. When leading ways of working for a major UK investment bank during a period of intense regulatory and controls scrutiny, he applied lean and agile principles to risk management in the product development process. He is now a passionate advocate of patterns that can help foster a safer, leaner, and more innovative controls culture.

Simon Rohrer
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Simon has been a hands-on practitioner across both software engineering and enterprise architecture for over twenty-six years and has had a passion for agile software development since picking up the eXtreme Programming white book in 1999. He’s passionate about an eclectic and pragmatic approach to modern ways of working, incorporating lean, agile, systems thinking, DevOps and other principles and practices at the right pace and in a human context in enterprises, typically with a legacy of existing technology and a drive to do things better.

This event has been organised by Safia Mirza, KPMG and Nick Tyson - our Machester DevOps Exchangers. 

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