Better Value Sooner Safer Happier

A movement enabling organisations to achieve better outcomes for all and a more humane world of work

Where will you start your journey?

The Better Value Sooner Safer Happier Community is a global movement, a community of leaders at all levels in all roles wanting to improve business agility

Through case studies, group discussion and practical scenario based exercises, BVSSH training offers engaging and interactive learning about patterns for business agility and how to apply them

We are a leading global business agility consultancy enabling improved business outcomes across your whole enterprise

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The community of practice exists to help organisations deliver better outcomes and a more humane world of work

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“Most organizations would say they have a solid strategy, and some are pursuing new ways of working to achieve that strategy; however, often not in an optimal way. BVSSH is the unlock for organizations, and this book gives the practical guidance to WIN.”

—Courtney Kissler, VP, Global Technology, Nike

Better Value Sooner Safer Happier is positive, practical and constructive guidance for practitioners by practitioners. This jargon free story telling offers a unique method of improving ways of working.


Patterns and antipatterns built upon deep experience of applying lean and agile are the practical tools that can be applied in any organisation to achieve better outcomes:


  • Lasting cultural change
  • Getting things done quicker and improve speed of change
  • Prevention of burnout and lower churn rate
  • Making everyone feel valued and create communities at work

No matter what methodologies are present within your organisation, applying the right principles and nudges enable you to unlock cultural and outcome improvement

Keynote | SEACON:Global London 2022

Objectives with Key Results | BVSSH Americas 2021

Keynote | DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2019

“It is a real pleasure to read a book that doesn’t assume ‘Agile is the solution, now what is your problem?’ This is a realistic approach to adopting (or not adopting) agile in your organization. The theory is sound; the practice is extensive. I strongly recommend this book.”

Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge, Creator of Cynefin

Sooner Safer Happier Book

Jonathan Smart, business agility practitioner, thought leader, and coach, reveals patterns and antipatterns to show how business leaders from every industry can help their organizations deliver better value sooner, safer, and happier through high levels of engagement, inclusion, and empowerment.

You're in good company

“This book provides an indispensable guide for leaders who wish to run truly agile organizations.”

David Silverman, Co-Author of Team of Teams, CEO of CrossLead

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