Author: ewebber

Agile and Lean

The team collaboration party game

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 …

Agile and Lean, Tools

The 4 Ps of effective standups

Daily standup

Reading Time: 2 minutes This is a quick blog post with some tips for effective stand-ups that a friend asked me to write so he could share it with someone else. So here it is Mark. These 4Ps came to life when I was working with Amy Wagner creating and delivering some training in Brussels. The training was intended to …

Public Speaking

Conference speaker needs

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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, Capability

Understanding needs for building digital / agile capability

Street advert for computer training

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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, Capability, Learning

What learning to knit has reminded me about learning

Knitting

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 and Inclusion, Public Speaking

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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 and Inclusion, Public Speaking

Agile on the Bench Gender diversity

Agile on the Bench

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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, …

Communities of practice

Communities of Practice: The Missing Piece of Your Agile Organisation

Reading Time: < 1 minute I have just published a blog post on Infoq, take a look over here: infoq.com/articles/communities-of-practice-agile-organisation

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Embracing Change or Bracing for Change

Reading Time: 7 minutes 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, Tools

The Team Onion: A short (free) ebook

The Team onion, a model for collaborating beyond the agile team

Reading Time: < 1 minute After my talk and post in May, I have now turned the Team Onion (formally the Agile Team Onion) into a free ebook. The 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 …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Agile on the Bench – 15 meetups on

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 …

Public Speaking

The Diversity Charter, because diversity makes events better

Diversity charter stickers

Reading Time: < 1 minute I 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 …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

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

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Team Onion now has a new home at teamonion.works **UPDATE** The Agile Team Onion is now the Team Onion, same model, slightly new name. Because you don’t need to be an agile team to use it. I’ve recently been playing with ways of explaining the extended Agile team for large and largeish organisations. I …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Considerations for more diverse conferences

Reading Time: 5 minutes I 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 …

Communities of practice

Building Successful Communities of Practice

Reading Time: < 1 minute As 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 and Inclusion, Public Speaking

Diversity in public speaking: help your friends find their voice

Reading Time: 2 minutes I 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 …

Agile and Lean, Government

Explaining the role of a Delivery Manager

Reading Time: 4 minutes **Post updated Feb 2018** I 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 to help others understand it. The term delivery manager is used to describe an essential set of skills on an agile team and is used in …

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice

Writing a book in an agile way

Reading Time: 3 minutes As 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.

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice

Community of practice maturity model download

Reading Time: < 1 minute I have been very busy recently writing a book (currently) called Building successful communities of practice: Discover how learning together makes better organisations. It’s been in progress since September and I’m planning on publishing it early next year.

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Agile On The Bench, Successes And Learnings

Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently I blogged about the Agile on the Bench conference, a minimum viable conference in a campsite that I ran with David Lowe. It happened last Saturday, 25th July and it was an awesome day. The speakers and audience were fantastic and, much like our lunchtime events, the sun came out, despite the heavy rain the …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Agile on the Bench goes Camping, the minimum viable conference

Reading Time: 2 minutes Those of you who read my blog, or follow my twitter account will have seen that I co-run a meet-up called Agile on the Bench. This summer we are taking the idea forward to a one day conference in a campsite.