Conference speaker needs

Reading Time: 1 minuteAbout a month ago I put together a list of needs for conference speakers. I’d been thinking about it because I’ve been speaking at a fair few conferences recently and seen various approaches by different organisers. I’ve also seen important information missed that I and other speakers could have benefitted from up front. I know how […]

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Understanding needs for building digital / agile capability

Reading Time: 2 minutesI do a fair bit of training with organisations who want to become more agile. The conversation often starts with “can you give agile training to our staff?”. This is a starting point for a conversation but needs a bit more digging before I can understand what the real need is and what outcome we should […]

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What learning to knit has reminded me about learning

Reading Time: 4 minutesI have recently taken up knitting (as anyone that follows me on Instagram will know) and as well as helping me build an increasing collection of brightly coloured hats, it’s helped remind me about the process of learning and how this relates to people learning agile. Which is always a good reminder as an agile […]

Mapping influencers through an authority lens

Reading Time: 3 minutesAt a recent Agile on the bench meetup, Matthew Butt gave a great talk called Hacking Authority in which he explored different types of authority that exist within organisations. It is a really interesting lens that can be used to view influencers in an organisation and I’ll be using it for a workshop very soon to create […]

Avoiding groupthink and echo chambers: diversity and the multidisciplinary team – a short talk

Reading Time: 5 minutesIf you read my blog, then you’ll know that I have an interest in diversity and I also run a meetup called Agile on the Bench. At the Feb meetup I joined forces with Lakshan Saldin to give a 10 min talk about how diversity, groupthink and echo chambers affect our teams. Here is what we said….

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Agile on the Bench Gender diversity

Reading Time: 2 minutesI co-host the meetup Agile on the Bench with Cara Bermingham. We have been collecting stats of perceived gender diversity (counted rather than surveyed) since it started it in Nov 2014. This post is sharing those stats and some observations. When I set it up (originally with David Lowe) we set a rule about speakers, […]

Embracing Change or Bracing for Change

Reading Time: 4 minutesI was recently invited to talk at the Turing Festival on the Product / People day. Here is that talk that I gave: Firstly it’s worth me explaining why the title Embracing Change or Bracing for Change. I often give Agile training for people and teams new to Agile, one thing that I tend to cover […]

The Agile Team Onion: A model for Agile teams in large organisations (a free ebook)

The Agile team onion: A short (free) ebook

Reading Time: 1 minuteAfter my talk and post in May, I have now turned the Agile Team Onion into a free ebook. The Agile Team Onion model is a way of helping collaboration between Agile teams and the rest of your organisation, to lead to successful delivery. It’s a short book (around 3000 words) and it delves a […]

Agile on the Bench – 15 meetups on

Reading Time: 1 minuteI’ve been running a friendly, low-tech, lunchtime Agile meet up in a park since Nov 2014, if you want to know more about it, have a look over here. One of the things that we’ve done since the start is to give our lovely attendees badges. And not the same badge, it’s a different design every […]

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The Diversity Charter, because diversity makes events better

Reading Time: 1 minuteI realise that I haven’t blogged about one of my latest projects, the diversity charter (although I’ve tweeted about it quite a bit). This came about after this blog post about considerations for event organisers and frustrations at seeing the same people at conferences. I created it to make people think about how the impact that they […]

The Agile Team Onion. How many pizzas does it really take to feed your team?

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’ve recently been playing with ways of explaining the extended Agile team for large and largeish organisations. I get frustration when I see Agile teams that are essentially siloed off from the wider business (for many reasons). This causes dependency and communication issues and means they just aren’t able to deliver anything very quickly. I don’t […]

Considerations for more diverse conferences

Reading Time: 4 minutesI have been thinking about barriers to diversity at conferences a lot recently. This is sparked by a few things, including my own recent conference submissions, an experiment that I carried out recently that let people encourage their friends to speak and conversations on the topic. Here is the round up of some of that […]

Building Successful Communities of Practice

Reading Time: 1 minuteAs you may know from previous posts, I’ve been busy writing a book called “Building Successful Communities of Practice: Discover How Connecting People Makes Better Organisations”. The book is now ready and you can now buy it both on kindle and as a paperback (print on demand) book.

Diversity in public speaking: help your friends find their voice

Reading Time: 2 minutesI am currently involved in running meetups in London (Agile on the Bench) and Leeds (Agile in Leeds) and c0-ran a conference last year. A couple of the challenges that I have are around finding new and interesting speakers as well as maintaining diversity in the speakers and the audience. A challenge that many organisers […]

Explaining the role of a Delivery Manager

Reading Time: 3 minutesI have found myself explaining the role of delivery manager a lot over the last few weeks, so I thought I would share that description here. The term delivery manager is an agile role used in government and other organisations, mainly within (but not limited to) digital or IT departments. It describes the person on the […]

Writing a book in an agile way

Reading Time: 2 minutesAs I mentioned in my last post, I have been writing a book called ‘Building successful communities of practice: Discover how learning together makes better organisations’, which is due to be published in early 2016. I wanted to share more about how I have gone about writing it using agile tools and techniques.