I blend my experience with proven approaches to help you make the best decisions about where to invest your precious resources.
Elevate the importance of technology in your organisation and create an impact.
“The Greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”
A designed and facilitated collaborative workshop-based process for making complex decisions with your strategic technology leaders about critical technology investments and future capabilities.
In a time of significant technological change and opportunity, making the right decisions is critical. New innovations may rely on technology as a strategic response to competitive threats. Yet too often, technology planning is an afterthought.
We help to identify, explore and assess technological opportunities and deliver actionable insights that allows you to make more informed decisions that lead to competitive advantage.
Why do you need this?
Make better decisions about technology investment and create buy-in with investors and stakeholders.
Respond to commercial or technological opportunities and threats.
Prospect for new opportunities from your existing technology and R&D.
Create a roadmap on which technology to make, buy or collaborate on with others.
How it works:
Define the playing field: the topic, the objective and the reach.
Select and prepare your team for a creative workshop and harness their initial ideas.
Design and run a facilitated multi-day workshops – Face to Face or Remotely – to identify the connection between technology and innovative value creation and the information needed for investment.
“Rob and I worked together on a research project to articulate the roadmaps for the Stations of the Future, on behalf of DfT. Rob was the technical lead in the curation of these roadmaps and in selecting the best innovations for developing outline business cases. Rob was an asset to the team and has since turned into a mentor of mine whose opinions and support I highly value. We continue our professional relationship and seek opportunities for working together. I would always seek Rob’s support in adding professional services around future scenario development opportunities.”
“Rob is a great networker, with many contacts throughout the industry. He is an effective communicator and his observations are always constructive and helpful. I particularly value his insight and analysis of business issues in helping make innovation programmes become a reality. I asked Rob to critically review an important strategic project – he was able to quickly translate his own experience to create value and reduce technologic risk.”
Development Director, FTSE100 Manufacturing Company
“Rob led a technology strategy workshop to formulate a portfolio of technology research projects to meet the division’s business requirements over a 5 year timespan. This resulted in a number of programmes being established, in which key process technologies have been developed.
He was able to provide a professional insight into innovation leadership, which resulted in a clear definition of approach, together with strategies for future development and mitigation of obstacles to progress… he used a well-planned systematic approach which enabled and encouraged innovative thinking and built collaboration between participants.
By using his knowledge of innovation management he was able to develop and respond to ideas to bring out themes in order to drive strategic direction. This ensured that the exercise focussed on key areas of business improvement and a clear path forward was identified.”
Divisional Technology Director, Johnson Matthey
“Rob produced a Technology Road Map which outlines a critical element of our innovation programme. He conducted the work professionally, sensitively capturing, analysing and articulating inputs from various sources and provided a means of communicating the complex challenges and opportunities to our members.
This proved to be very effective and now forms the basis of our innovation programme in this area. Rob has a clear passion for promoting innovation and we were very pleased with his engagement with our members and with the manner in which he was able to identify and articulate in a generic sense the challenges presented to him by organizations from across the pharmaceutical, fine and specialty chemicals sectors.”
CEO and Innovation Director
“I wanted a technology roadmap. Rob was co-lead of a team where technology roadmapping recognised as benchmarks in industry as a well-founded process and stands up to scrutiny with rigour behind the toolkits up there with McKinsey and PWC. Extensive experience in industrial was a key factor in selecting industries either adjacent or overlapping and was able to share significant experience with our team.
Director of Group Technology
“The workshop was well organised, structured and engaged and helped us to understand the process of convergence on key ideas without any compromise to our content!”
Project delivered under my association with IfM Engage.
“I think you can reasonably claim that £100mpa of new products and services was identified: I consider that to be a good return on investment. And we were also able to develop a rigorous process to develop business cases bound for our new digital innovation centre.”
Project delivered under my association with IfM Engage.
Chief Technology Officer
“Rob worked with the team at John Hogg Technical Solutions, leading a strategy refresh programme in conjunction with the IfM. Rob was an excellent facilitator of the sessions, bringing both his personal experience and the tools of the IfM to the sessions enabling John Hogg to re-build their strategy. The investment in working with Rob gave excellent returns when set against the growth the company has seen since. I look forward to the chance of working with Rob again.
The workshops were a fantastic way to get alignment, understand the value in the business and crystallise our thinking. We were able to link technology and market drivers together to create new product ideas, identify areas for continuous improvement, and ultimately we came away better equipped to make changes in the business going forward.”
Project delivered under association with IfM Engage.
Technical and Commercial Director
Tap into your team’s deep topic knowledge and external expertise.
Benefit from collaborative working that builds commitment.
Rapid and Time efficient for busy diaries: Results in 8 - 12 weeks from start to finish.
Underpinned by research from a World-leading university institute in technology management.