John Le Drew

John is the founder and principal consultant at Rainbow Laces. He has spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry. After 10 years as a software engineer he moved into consultancy where he quickly learnt the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration. So, his focus shifted, primarily on facilitating safe, creative, collaborative environments for his clients. As well as his consultancy work, John is a DJ and producer and through this work founded the The Techno Festival, online charity music festival that has now, after three events in 8 months raised over $35,000 for charity. He lives in Manchester (UK) with his two boys and cat. He loves experimental cookery, photographing things that others don’t notice, getting lost in cities he doesn’t know and travelling to places he has never been to.

Safety, Stories and Uncertainty

John Le Drew


Strefa PMI nr 33, Czerwiec 2021

An interview with John Le Drew by Kornelia Trzęsowska, part 1. Has the pandemic influenced somehow how teams work with agility? I don’t think the pandemic has affected how we would apply agility or how we would work with it. I would say that teams that are already operating with agility are going to be able to adapt to their circumstances. What I talk about a lot is the idea of contextual alignment, this model has two core elements: you have the team context; the work the team is doing the people on the team themselves. This is obviously changing all the time. Then you have the structure; this is the way the team is working (their process) and again, the people on the team. The structure is a team’s reaction to their changing context. A team notices that their context has changed, and adjusts their structure to best support their new context.

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