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

I’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 […]

Agile on the Bench #3

There was a great turn out for the third, chilly but sunny Agile on the Bench last Wednesday lunch time, thanks for everyone that made it along and contributing to the discussions. We had three great speakers, Craig Strong talking about value, Darci Dutcher on goals and the psychology writing things down and John V […]

Jessica Wittebort talking at Agile on the Bench

Doing Agile on a bench: A minimum viable event

I recently embarked on a new project with David Lowe to run low cost, low effort meet-up over lunchtime on a park bench, called Agile on the Bench. It started, like so many good ideas with a random chat in between meetings, what if we did a low cost, very social agile event on a park […]

What learning how to ride motorbikes taught me about being agile

I just gave a talk at the awesome Agile 25×20 about riding motorbikes and being implicitly agile, here is what it was about and the slides. This year I finally got my motorbike licence (yay!), it was an interesting experience in learning new skills and it got me thinking about how we learn and form habits and how does this apply to agile.

Organising a wedding (and keeping agile): Week 1

The lovely Stephen and I have decided to tie the knot. We have decided to do it low-key, quickly and not spend a lot of money on the day (which could be put to much better use buying scooters), while still having a fun party. As a couple that include an agile delivery person and a designer, in theory it should […]

prioritisation on the portfolio

Scaling Agile Practices to the GDS Portfolio

I have a second post on the GDS blog, this time it’s about a project that I have spend some time on whilst at GDS. I have added the full post below and you can read the original over here: http://digital.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/2013/08/30/scaling-agile-practices-to-the-the-gds-portfolio/ -o0o- Here at GDS, agile thinking and techniques inform how we do what we do, […]

Sigh-ned off wire frames

Being agile isn’t always easy on all client projects. A project manager colleague and I came across a familiar problem recently, being handed a project with signed off wireframes for the whole site (not to mention a hard deadline and agreed days – but I won’t go into the project manager triangle right now). Signed off wireframes acts […]