Registration - Teas/Coffees at 8am. Starting 8:30-10:15
Ibec 86 Lower Baggot Street, D2
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Next up on Wednesday 22nd of January is our first seminar for the new decade. We have two great talks exploring the themes of business agility and open innovation, two areas essential to effective innovation within organisations – both large and small.

We are delighted to welcome Fin Goulding, who has been consistently names as one of the top global CIO’s year-on-year, having worked as CIO and/or CTO in several major organisations such as Aviva, Paddy Power,, and more. He is recognised as one of the most experienced agile leaders in the world today and has co-authored two of the bestselling books on business agility: Flow: A Handbook for Change Makers, and 12 Steps to Flow.

Joining Fin will be Kathryn Lynch, business strategist and open innovation expert. Kathryn has done significant research into collaborative innovation in both Ireland and Europe.

Free to attend. This briefing will appeal to CTOs/CIOs/Chief Architects/Architects/Heads of Innovation/Development and Business Leaders from all industries.


0800-0830       Registration – Teas/Coffees

0830-0840       Welcome – Dave Feenan Network Manager ICT Skillnet

0840-0920       Flow: The New World of Business Agility – Fin Goulding

0920-1000       Not Invented Here! – Kathryn Lynch

1000-1015       Q&A and Close


Flow: The New World of Business Agility

Most agile transformations fail to meet expectations. Whether we are talking about digital transformation or platform transformation, the overwhelming majority end in a sense of failure. Don’t let yours.

Flow is taking the world of agile by storm with its simplified framework for business agility and as a powerful antidote for those organisations who are struggling with their scaled agile implementations. Flow helps drive value into your agile investment. Think of it as “value-based agility” with the tools and techniques to cut waste and achieve value.

In this session, Fin will go into some of the reasons why transformations often fail and give an introduction to Flow, showing how the framework goes beyond traditional technical agile methodologies (such as Scrum) and not only encompasses business functions but also extends to customers as well. This true end-to-end ‘Business’ agile approach is underpinned customer innovation/segmentation, Executive portfolio planning and a dash of cultural transformation – which is at the heart of any good transformation.

Technical agility is good, but Business agility has a greater impact.

Not Invented Here!

Despite the global trend (and economic benefits!) of collaborative innovation, Ireland lags significantly behind its European and international counterparts in generating value by working collaboratively with partners.  Kathryn will look at some of the factors influencing open innovation in Ireland and suggest some practical strategies to increase collaborative opportunities in your organisation.


Fin Goulding

Fin Goulding has become an expert in Business and Technical agility having worked as a CIO and/or CTO in several major organisations such as Aviva, Paddy Power,,, Sabre Argentina, HSBC, RBS and Visa USA.

He has consistently been named as one of the top global CIO’s year-on-year and is recognised as one of the most experienced enterprise agile leaders in the world today.

He has been pioneering new ways of working using visualisation techniques and agile practices in all areas of businesses in order to help organisations achieve digital transformation through cultural transformation. He has a unique perspective having worked in startups, .coms and large scale companies and now as Founder & CIO in his own startup called the Flow Academy.

Fin is in demand as a coach for CEOs, COOs, CIOs and CTOs and as a keynote speaker and panellist. He is constantly improving and evolving business agility practices and principles through real-world expertise.

He has co-authored two of the bestselling books on business agility: Flow: A Handbook for Change Makers, and 12 Steps to Flow.

Kathryn Lynch

Kathryn Lynch is a business strategist, bringing 20+ years of experience to helping enterprises design and implement practical strategies and business models for growth through innovation, lean and design-thinking and implementing digital enterprises.

Kathryn’s clients range across industry verticals – financial services, manufacturing, technology and retail. She also acts as a board advisor to several SMEs and has a passion for developing open innovation networks and her client’s entrepreneurial and collaborative leadership capabilities. Kathryn is currently working with 2 developing regional clusters (Fintech/Food) to craft their growth strategy.

Recently, she has coached and mentored the 18 global finalists of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards in Singapore (the world’s largest entrepreneurship competition for women), created a collaborative innovation framework between an Irish tech SME with a Government client and designed a cloud-based digital collaboration strategy for a large Irish Manufacturer.

Kathryn holds an MSc in Strategy & Innovation from NUI Maynooth, a Diploma in Executive Coaching and an Advanced Diploma in Coaching for Performance with Neuroscience. She is an accredited practitioner of the EQi 2.0 Emotional Quotient Inventory (MHS) for coaching with Emotional Intelligence for Leaders and Organisations and has recently completed a Global Cluster Leadership Program.