Atkins has drawn inspiration from startups, taking the agile approach of build, measure and learn, which has led to increased revenues and improved margins. Staff can now work anywhere at any time by using cloud-based technologies and support services to reduce waiting times.
“A lighter touch governance is in place to fund experiments and incubators, based on two-week sprints designed to validate hypotheses around technical feasibility, business viability, and customer desirability,” says Atkins CIO Richard Cross. “With failing fast as an underpinning principle, rapid decisions are made to ensure that teams can progress at pace, pivoting where needed to build out the products and services that will add the most value.”
The use of emerging technologies is supported by an Atkins digital incubator that generates ideas, products, services and business models using lean startup tools and techniques. It’s currently incubating an Internet of Things tool for retrospective sensoring and asset monitoring of legacy buildings.