Digital transformation is no longer a long-term growth strategy, it’s here now.

2030 just got pulled into 2020. We come alongside your teams to help you tackle what was 10 years of real digital transformation in a matter of weeks and months. We make things the right way with fewer project hours invested in presentations and more on continuous delivery.

Empathy mapping: one of the methodologies that proved effective for the Barclay’s Africa digital transformation project

Urbian has been an integral partner in firmly establishing us as a fin-tech enablement powerhouse within the Liberty and Standard Bank group.

Bronwyn Johnson, Business Development Liberty Direct and Standard Bank Direct

Why use Urbian?

Truly Agile

We don’t pay lip service to Agile methodologies: we live and breathe them everyday whether on client work or our own startups. Our prototype-first approach helps us get tangible fast, mitigate risks, and quickly uncover new opportunities and challenges. We understand how to make agile practices work within traditional and heavily regulated R&D processes and organisations.

Teaching by Doing

We bring our clients on the product journey: from executive coaching sessions to working shoulder-to-shoulder with product teams, we use a 'show me, don't tell me' approach. Our tools and techniques are explicitly designed for the needs of organisations moving to being fully ‘digital’.

Practice

Long before it became popular, we embraced agile and blended teams with our clients, developing new and different ways of working. We’ve done the hard yards to master how we take our clients on the journey with us, and honed our skills at changing culture and behavior around collaboration, experimentation and shipping early.

How we do this

People first

Empowered people and well-functioning teams are the foundation for great product development. While processes and methodologies like design thinking and Agile are essential, following a tool set alone will not deliver meaningful digital experiences. We pay particular attention to people and team dynamics as the oft overlooked dimension in Agile and software development.

One team

We seamlessly fuse with our clients across disciplines, roles, and backgrounds. We empower every team member of this combined team to be both critical thinker and a pragmatic doer-unlocking the true potential of individuals and teams. Everyone is a change agent; we believe every part of the organisation needs to contribute to Digital Transformation.

Digital capability

Every company is at a different stage in their digital journey. We work with both technology leaders as well as established brands that are trying to redefine their value with digital means. We are as comfortable driving new growth for our clients as we are showcasing new transparent ways of working. Our clients come to us to help them assess the digital readiness of their organisation, to drive engagement of their talent and to collaborate ,on new business models and ventures. Together,we create unique ways of working that will inspire your organisation.

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They took the time to become well-versed in the intricacies of our business, and instead of big reveals at set milestones, we were in constant communication throughout the process.

Reginald Labuschagne, Head of Special Projects
Sanlam Private Wealth

We can help you

  • Create & validate new ideas
  • Be bold with technology
  • Improve efficiency with lean practices
  • Build capability & confidence
  • Be more customer centric
  • Increase speed to market
  • Deliver great quality products & services, fast
  • Navigate the open source revolution