Steve has 30 years’ practical experience in designing and running performance management systems in Unilever. A former chairman of the European Beyond Budgeting Round Table, he now works as a management thinker, writer and speaker.
He published Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting in 2010, and The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting in 2017. He is on the editorial board of Foresight and is also a cofounder of CatchBull, a supplier of cutting-edge forecasting performance management software.
Steve is a visiting fellow at Cranfield University, and has a PhD from Hull Business School. He completed his BA with honors, and he is a qualified management accountant (CIMA).
Steve’s Roundtable: Agile Projects without Budgets
There is an obvious conflict between the philosophy underpinning Agile – small time boxes, iterations and constant re-prioritisation based on learning – and traditional budgeting, where financial resources are locked down for a year in advance. And experience has taught us that if any conflict arises it is budgeting that tends to win out, driven by misplaced fears of a loss of control. But there is another way. Learn how to align agile project management with financial resource allocation by applying the principles of ‘Beyond Budgeting’, and so remove the unnecessary constraints to doing the right thing.’