John Clapham

Coach - Professional, Team, Agile

Who are you ?

I’m still finding out!  I’m definitely someone who likes to help others and believes that we can make our workspaces both more productive and enjoyable to work in.  I’m a reformed conference addict, father, hiker and lego fan.

What do you do for a living ?

I’m a coach, predominantly working with software teams and their leadership to improve delivery.  I help  uncover opportunities for improvement and change, and assist with experimentation and implementation.

What do you want to speak about at FlowCon ?

I have a mix of things I’m enthusiastic about disguised under one topic, including physiological safety, evolution, how little things matter, how you make a big difference without permission and of course, continuous delivery.

What will make you say “waouh” at the end of the conference ?

Authentic stories with practical elegant approaches, and anyone who gives a talk in a second language

What will make you think that attendees have learnt a lot during your session ?

Knowing that they can make a difference, and understand they don’t need a big transformation plan to do so.  That successful building of a continuous delivery capability requires careful thought to balance flow across many functions.  I hope they leave thoughtful and have learned at least one thing they didn’t expect to.

What is your favorite word ?


What is the sound, the noise that you love  ?

The sound of light rain on tent canvas

What is the plant, tree or animal which you would love to be reincarnated into ?

Tricky, either something that gets to roam freely around the hills like a deer, or something really small to experience a totally different scale, like a beetle.  An Oak tree would be interesting because of the changes seen during it’s long life.

What is the question you would have liked us to ask ?

There might be a question which takes advantage of having the attention of a range of people who are at the leading edge.  How about –
– What new method or idea really excites you?  By not explicitly say agile or lean you might some interesting non-work answers too!
– We often use our talents to help commercial organisations, how can we do more for good causes and communities?


Team design for continuous delivery


Speaker’s pitch It appears we finally have the perfect recipe for great engineering teams; cross functional, T-shaped, TOC aware, pizza sized and manifesto enabled. With this winning formula, is spinning up a team in a continuous delivery environment any different? This talk aims to help understand the unique challenges behind creating and sustaining teams in […]