Using data analytics in lean and agile ecosystems

A 90 minute Workshop by:

Alan Patrick


Janet Parkinson


About this Workshop

This is an interactive session to give participants an overview of the emerging analytics options from “Big Data” and related developments, and their application in the lean and agile ecosystem. By the end, participants will be equipped with an understanding of why, where, and how modern analytics can help them.

To do this, Alan Patrick (Dataswarm) will look at a variety of new data analytics approaches, and then examine how they can be applied to a number of important areas in the agile-lean value chain.

Analytics areas covered include:

  • the difference between “Big Data” and traditional statistical sampling approaches
  • social media monitoring & analytics
  • behavioural analytics
  • sensors everywhere – analytic data from “Internet of Things” setups
  • other point technologies eg machine learning, predictive analytics etc.

Alan goes through how these apply to the following key areas in lean and agile operations, discussing each problem area and how it is potentially solved using new technologies. Participants will leave with a set of introductory notes and pointers to where they can find more information and increase their own knowledge.

About the Speakers

Alan Patrick

Alan Patrick co-founded Dataswarm to apply modern analytics to business problems. He has spent many years working with Lean techniques for both operational improvement and turnarounds, and has implemented Agile techniques both in companies he has run and consulted to. Alan has worked in the UK, EU, US, Africa and the Far East, with clients varying from financial services to ferrous metals processing. He has consulted for Deloitte and McKinsey, and worked at senior levels in Telecoms, Internet, IT and Marketing businesses. He is also a director of Agile Elephant, a consultancy specialising in social business and digital transformation. Alan studied Engineering and IT systems, and has lectured on lean operations, “Internet of Things”, simulation and systems dynamics.


Janet Parkinson

Janet Parkinson is the co-founder of DataSwarm and has over 20 years' experience working at operations director level within the social technology, social business and global communications industries.

Janet has worked in social media analytics (at BrandsEye) and with data-led marketing agency Quirk (now WPP). Before Dataswarm she worked with several innovative social business companies and products, including MiPins (health & wellbeing/employee engagement platform) and the Smart Work Company, which provides experiential learning programmes in new ways of working for business leaders.

She has many years experience of HR, recruitment and human factors (ergonomics) practice. She is also a director of Agile Elephant, a consultancy specialising in social business and digital transformation. Janet studied International Business and Modern Languages.


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