Experts in the Field

At Change Partners, we realise that we cannot be experts in everything, so we decided to ask some recognised experts in the field to help us create simple way of tackling common business problems based on what works in practice.

Read about the experts who have made sure that our methodologies are easy to use and work in practice (click to select):

Meet Terry Foster: Founder of the Change Factory


The seeds of the Change Factory idea were planted when Terry was working as a methods consultant during the 1990’s; a time of wall-to-wall enterprise data models…

Background

Terry is a consultant, an expert in transforming IT organisations and a recognised thought leader in technology driven business change.    He has been working on IT related change projects for over 30 years – starting as a systems developer and moving into project management and eventually line management.  He has operated at director level for a number of blue-chip companies and he specialises in transforming IT organisations so that they deliver real business value.

Terry splits his time between consulting and product development of the Change Factory.  He regularly presents on change management and works internationally, but when he is at home, he lives with his family in ‘Shakespeare’s County’ in England.

Change Factory

The seeds of the Change Factory idea were planted when Terry was working as a methods consultant (along with Simon Tyrrell-Lewis) during the 1990’s; a time of wall-to-wall enterprise data models and case tools.  He observed that attempts to improve IT delivery performance often resulted in complex methodologies being created (Prince 2 emerged during this period) that frustrated practitioners who were looking for simple solutions that could be learnt, applied and adapted quickly.  The challenge was how to offer a standard solution that could easily be adapted without losing the integrity and integrated nature of the methodology.

Over a decade later, with a prototype solution in mind, Terry and Simon teamed up again to create the Change Factory.  The end product allows users to benefit from using proven business solutions without compromising on satisfying local needs.

Meet Richard Newton: Author of ‘Step-by-Step Change’


Richard wrote the book ‘Managing Change Step-by-Step’ with two related audiences in mind. Firstly, the manager who has been given the challenge of delivering change…

Background

Richard is a consultant, author, change leader and delivery manager. He has been working on projects for over 25 years – starting off in computing, then working in the telecom and media industries before becoming involved in large scale change programmes. Richard's professional interests relate to helping organisations develop sustainable capabilities to deliver projects and change and he specialises in shaping and mobilising complex programmes.

Richard splits his time between consulting, writing, public speaking and spending as much time as possible in wild and mountainous places. He has written several books on projects, change and consulting skills and works internationally, but when he is at home, Richard lives in the Cotswolds in England.

‘Step-by-Step Change’ Method

Richard wrote the book ‘Managing Change Step-by-Step’ with two related audiences in mind. Firstly, the manager who has been given the challenge of delivering change in an organisation for the first time. Secondly, the more experienced manager who has been through change a few times before, but is getting fed up with a lack of structure.

His book therefore aims to find the right balance between complexity (which most managers don't have the time to work through) and overly simplistic approaches.  The ‘Step-by-Step Change’ Method is faithful to Richard’s book and brings it to life for the user in a practical way that is consistent with Richard’s aims.

‘Step-by-Step Project’ Method

Richard has written a number of books on project management and his aim is to demystify the art of project management.  What’s different about his approach is that, whilst recognising the value of formal project management methodologies, he largely ignores them, concentrating instead on the practice of project management.

The ‘Step-by-Step Project’ Method captures his wealth of experience and offers an ‘intelligent guide to project management’ that can be used immediately by the novice project manager who is both guided through the steps required and provided with real-life examples to make the method understandable and practical.

Meet Steve Pearson, Author of ‘Step-by-Step Data’…


Steve developed ‘Step-by-Step Data’ based on working on many data migrations with the aim of making it a more predictable and managed activity…

Background

Steve is a consultant, an expert in data management and a recognised thought leader in Master Data Management (MDM). He has been helping organisations, both large and small, manage and exploit their data asset more effectively for over twenty-five years.

Steve runs a specialist data management consulting company based in the City of London and sponsors the on-line MDM news channel MDMTV.

Unlike many data practitioners who focus primarily on technology, Steve promotes a holistic view encompassing the wider human, financial and change impacts of successful data management.

Based in London, Steve travels extensively, particularly in Europe and Asia.

‘Step-by-Step Data’ Method

Steve shares the frustration of many of his clients in that, all too often, poor data quality adversely impacts business performance and customer service.

Through the ‘Step-by-Step Data‘ method he aims to share best practice in data migration in a practical way that can be quickly and easily re-used by business and IT professionals alike.  By making use of these Methods, businesses will be able to reliably populate their computer systems with fit-for-purpose data.

Steve has developed the method for migrating data based on many years’ experience of working on major data migration projects for blue-chip corporations.

MDM Factory

Following the success of ‘Step-by-Step Data’, Steve is architecting a complete suite of Methods to support the design, execution and implementation of MDM transformation programmes.

Steve’s wealth of experience in integrating people, processes and technology so that high-quality data becomes business-as-usual, will be captured in a simple and practical way.

Meet Simon Tyrrell-Lewis: Change Factory Architect and Designer


At an early stage Simon recognised the value of HTML, the language of web pages, in delivering guidance and standards to IT and business professionals…

Background

Simon is a methods, standards and tools specialist. He started in the 1980s customising DataManager, one of the earliest tools for capturing and managing the findings of IT analysts.  Simon then went on to write methods guidance and standards for many organisations using flavours of Information Engineering methods.

Simon has extensive experience of applying those same methods and standards to data modelling in organisations, from high level corporate models down to detailed models supporting specific business processes.

When Simon is not battling with meta models he battles with his two teenage sons in south-east London.

ChangeFactory

At an early stage Simon recognised the value of HTML, the language of web pages, in delivering guidance and standards to IT and business professionals. Bringing his experience with those methods as well as ‘meta modelling’ made him an ideal choice for architecting and designing the Change Factory.

He has worked closely with Terry Foster to ensure that the data and processes supported by the Change Factory are rigorous yet able to be rapidly extended and enhanced. This ensures that Change Partners can continue to develop the Change Factory in response to customers’ feedback and suggestions for improvement.

 

More Information

Find out more about the Change Factory in our Change Factory Overview.