Category: Agile and Lean

Posts about Agile and Lean thoughts, tools, events and methods.

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

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 …

Agile and Lean, Learning

2015 a year for learning (and MOOCs)

MOOC poster: online learning

2015 is going to be all about learning and learning to learn. There has been a shift in the way that organisations are run, as the speed of technology and innovation increase, being able to learn and adapt is more and more important in order to keep up. This is why so many organisations are moving to …

Agile and Lean

Agile on the Bench #2: The second outing of the outdoor Agile meetup

Chris Young speaking at Agile on the Bench

After a successful first Agile on the Bench, we decided to do it all again, who’d have thought standing in the cold listening to people talk about agile related topics, without the use of tech would be what people wanted to do with a lunch time in December, but it is!

Agile and Lean, Tools

A tool for visualising business risk and scheduling

Risk radar chart

I’ve just spent a week in Vienna at David J Anderson’s coaching masterclass, a 5 day look into organisational change and modern management with Kanban. One of the subjects we spent some time looking at was managing risk and using different values to understand how to schedule work. This exercise creates criteria that decision makers can agree to, which …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Doing Agile on a bench: A minimum viable event

Jessica Wittebort talking at Agile on the Bench

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 …

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

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.

Agile and Lean, Learning, Public Speaking

Building a (delivery) community a talk at Agile Cambridge

This week I had the great pleasure of talking about communities at Agile Cambridge, a fantastic 3 day conference set in the grounds of a Cambridge college. My talk was specifically about building a community of practice and how we have built the agile delivery community at Government Digital Service. Communities is a topic close to my heart and …

Agile and Lean, Learning, Public Speaking

Talking about communities and learning at Agile 25×20

People learn through experience and exploration, communities can support that

Last week I spoke at the awesome new meetup Agile 25×20 which is run by Mike Pearce of Moo. The event is based on pecha kucha, speakers have 25 slides, all of which auto advance after 20 seconds. So 8 mins 20 seconds in total, with a chance for questions at the end. For the audience, this means …

Agile and Lean, Government, Learning

Best agile training? Just do it!

This is a post that I wrote for the Government Digital Service Transformation blog on Agile training which originally appeared over here: https://digitaltransformation.blog.gov.uk/2014/08/11/best-agile-training-just-do-it/ -o0o- Best agile training? Just do it! That’s the conclusion we came to when we asked our practitioners the question we get asked most often: how do I know how to get the best …

Agile and Lean

Why it’s ok for teams to work differently to each other

team velocity

I’ve been talking about the autonomy and metrics of teams this week, so I thought I’d write some of it down. We have a lot of agile teams of varying makeup and although there are similarities between them, the one thing to note is that they are all different and they have autonomy over the way that they work.

Agile and Lean

Workshop: lots of ideas in a small space of time

During a recent project we wanted to get input from a range of people on a set of principles that had been produced. As there were 6 to get through the challenge was to get a broad range of input in a short amount of time and come out with some consensus.

Agile and Lean, Wedding Planning

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 …

Agile and Lean, Government

Making an IT service: design phases

I wrote a post over on the Cabinet Office technology blog about how IT service design maps to the GDS service design phases. The post originally appeared here:  cabinetofficetechnology.blog.gov.uk/2013/12/02/making-an-it-service-design-phases -o0o- Much like any project at GDS or on the digital transformation programme the Cabinet Office Technology programme, which will deliver modern, flexible technology services that are …

Agile and Lean, Tools

A Tool for tracking Kanban projects (that you can cut out and keep)

I have been looking around for the right digital tool that will support my physical project wall. I want something that allows me easily to back up information for reference, but more importantly outputs the useful metrics that are important for continuous improvement.

Agile and Lean, Government

Scaling Agile Practices to the GDS Portfolio

prioritisation on the 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, …

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Can personal kanban make my home life better?

Jamie Arnold's personal kanban board

I have been experimenting with Personal Kanban. I do a lot of things in my spare time, including managing a community website, running a photo blog, writing a book and helping to run meet-ups. Now on top of that put the other everyday chores, things like fixing stuff in my flat, renewing my motorbike insurance, …

Agile and Lean

Hunt and Darton: a model for an agile cafe

Hunt and Darton recently opened a cafe close to where I live. I was initially interested as good coffee two minutes away from my flat is very appealing, but a visit to the cafe revealed a bit more; a cafe in Hackney with an agile sensibility and the heart of an artist (a little bit …

Agile and Lean

The benefits of agile approach: a short workshop

Post written by Emily Webber and David Mann Held at the BBC, Digital Bristol Week, was a series of talks, workshops and events to introduce new ways of working and best practice to the creative industries of the South West. We were invited by Kevin O’Malley from Connecting Bristol to run a session about agile development.

Agile and Lean, Government

The role of the agile wall at GDS

I have been a little quiet of late while settling in to my new job at Government Digital Services (GDS), but I did publish a post about the role of the agile wall over on the GDS blog. Read more it below, original published over here: http://digital.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/2012/12/19/the-agile-wall. -o0o- As Mark mentioned in his blog post last week, …

Agile and Lean

Tracking Lean Projects: Cumulative Flow Diagrams

This week I ran a session with my project management colleagues, which centered around Cumulative Flow Diagrams and how they can help with tracking projects that use Kanban and lean methodologies.

Agile and Lean

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 …