CT-SPIN #105: Scaling the Organisation for Success

Snack Sponsor

VISA Cape Town

Wine Sponsor

Polymorph Systems

One of the greatest challenges facing the global IT organizations of today is how to effectively scale the organization for success. With today’s plethora of take-overs and merges, the effective transitioning and incorporation of start-up development resources and processes into existing global structures is imperative. Scalability, alignment and maturity need to be of key strategic importance. While these challenges are immense, we have successfully demonstrated that teams can be transformed by embracing change, understanding the team dynamics and providing structure to scale. By taking a unique approach to truly understanding our team dynamics and acting on the needs of teams and individuals, we were able to provide leadership, direction and the structure needed by the teams to be successful.

About the Speaker

Carol May is the Head of Product Development, Planning and Delivery for Visa Cape Town. Visa is a global digital payments network that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments.
Carol has established herself as a manager with an extensive track record of business and Information Technology (IT) consulting experience, primarily in the commercial sector.
Since starting her career in the UK as an Independent Consultant to the Financial Services sector, Carol has gained international experience fulfilling roles such as Strategic Program Manager, VP of Product Management as well as Executive Consultant. She has successfully pursued consulting roles in various US Fortune 500 companies; established and led a mobile product innovation group for a major US Bank group and has now pulled on her years of experience to lead the emerging markets mobile banking product development group within Visa.
With over 20 years’ experience in a variety of technology domains, she has honed her ability to rapidly grasp concepts, think creatively, innovate solutions and build and motivate teams. Her proven ability to establish thought leadership and centers of excellence within organizations only serves to further concrete her reputation as one of the most innovative and successful IT strategists in this space.
Her recent successes with Strategic Product Management within the burgeoning Mobile Payments space pays testament to her true agility. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Carol’s most recent claim to fame is the successful re-alignment and transitioning of a large software development team and the related planning, release and development apparatuses from a local startup company into a global corporation.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 18h15

Bandwidth Barn, 3rd Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock

Enter  from Williams St (around the back) which is closer to the lift/stairs. Their offices are in the corner of the building by Williams and Station St. There is parking on Station St and Williams St around the venue. Dial 300 on the intercom if the door isn’t open.


Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP via Meetup.


18:15 Welcoming and Introduction Chris Oloff
18:25 Scaling the Organisation for Success Carol May
19:25 Closing and Thanks Chris Oloff
19:30 Networking & Discussion