Author: ewebber

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Agile in the Ether, a remote meetup

I have a habit of bringing people and communities together, this means I can’t seem to help myself setting up or getting involved in running meetups (my current count is at six*). Faced with not enough time to devote to my existing meetup, I naturally decided to start a new one. This time a remote …

Agile and Lean

Why I’m going to stop saying agile ceremonies

Many people use the term “Agile ceremonies” as a collective term for activities like standups, retrospectives, reviews and planning. I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the word “ceremony” in this context. It’s never sat well with me and I don’t like using it with people who are new to agile ways of working. I’ve been thinking …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking, Tools

A decent remote show and tell set up

Many organisations work with dispersed teams or stakeholders, so there must be an easy way to do an engaging remote show and tell, surely… right? I couldn’t find one, this post is the result of my research to find my own and a guide for others.

Communities of practice

How community, social networks and building habits helped me get fitter and healthier

Witness the Fitness

That might sound like a bit of an odd title on my blog but bear with me. I have spent the last year making some changes in myself and I’ve used everything I know about how people work, approaches to change and experimentation in order to do that. This post talks about how I went …

Communities of practice

Mapping skills and capabilities with communities of practice

post-its

I first wrote about skills mapping in my book Building successful communities of practice. This post digs a little deeper into identifying skills and capabilities with communities of practice. Skills and capability maps help organisations identify gaps and where to invest in skills development. So it makes sense that many want to create them. At a …

diversity

Should you call people resources?

I’m a big believer that language and the words you use say a lot about a culture, and that we can take steps to change culture through changing those words. Words can make people feel excluded, unappreciated and overlooked. I try to make conscious decisions about the words that I use and will phase out …

Agile and Lean

The team collaboration party game

I recently put a workshop together to take a new team through to help describe some important agile concepts including the benefits of working collaboratively and swarming on tasks; the value of communication; how to self-organise; how limiting work in progress achieves more value and what we mean by T-shaped teams. The workshop itself was a …

Public Speaking

Conference speaker needs

About 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 …

Agile and Lean, Training

Understanding needs for building digital / agile capability

Street advert for computer training

I 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 …

Agile and Lean, Learning

What learning to knit has reminded me about learning

Knitting

I 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 …

Agile and Lean

Mapping influencers through an authority lens

At 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 …

Agile and Lean, diversity, Public Speaking

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

If 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….

Agile and Lean, Tools

Tips for using Trello effectively

I’ve been using Trello for a few years, both for personal projects and with teams. I love how simple it is to use, which makes it easy to use in the way that works for you. The downside of this is that some teams struggle with knowing where to start, this post is about showing …

diversity, Public Speaking

Agile on the Bench Gender diversity

Agile on the Bench

I 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, …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Embracing Change or Bracing for Change

I 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 …

Agile and Lean

The Agile team onion: A short (free) ebook

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

After 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 and Lean, Public Speaking

Agile on the Bench – 15 meetups on

I’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 …