Public Speaking

The Diversity Charter, because diversity makes events better

Diversity charter stickers

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?

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 and Lean, Public Speaking

Considerations for more diverse conferences

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

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.

Agile and Lean, Public Speaking

Diversity in public speaking: help your friends find their voice

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

**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

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

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

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 …

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Agile on the Bench goes Camping, the minimum viable conference

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.

Agile and Lean

The Deconstructed workshop, getting input from busy people

The deconstructed workshop

Getting busy people in a room together to workshop is hard and a challenge I came across last week. I’m currently working at the wonderful ustwo as an Agile coach (who are currently hiring for Agile coach/PMs in case you were wondering). One thing that I was asked to help out with is a refresh of the guidelines around how …

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 …

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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 …