Wedding Planning

Webber Walker Wedding Week Notes (weeks 10 and 11)

Reading Time: 1 minuteThere is just over 2 weeks to go until the wedding, so this is probably the last in the wedding week notes series. Once the excitement is over, I’ll post a whole overview for anyone looking to do something similar.

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

Reading Time: 1 minuteLast 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!

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis 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

Reading Time: 2 minutesI’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

Reading Time: 2 minutesDuring 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.

Wedding Planning

Webber Walker Wedding Week Notes (week 2)

70s wedding

Reading Time: 1 minuteIt’s been another productive week of wedding stuff, most importantly it’s given me an excuse to go shopping and my wedding outfit is already looking awesome 🙂 Continuing the theme of week notes of what we’ve been up to, here is this week:

Agile and Lean, Wedding Planning

Organising a wedding (and keeping agile): Week 1

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe 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 …

Public Speaking

Talking Shop Fronts on Radio 4

Reading Time: 1 minuteOn Friday last week I got an email from a producer asking me to appear on Radio 4’s today programme to talk about shop fronts. It’s not the first time I’ve been invited to talk about shop fronts, I run a blog called London Shop Fronts, which documents London through the shop fronts that line …

WordPress

Lots of love for all the wonderful WordPress plugin developers

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhen I’m not working (or taking photos of shop fronts), I run a community website for people in Hackney called Yeah! Hackney. My reason for posting is to big up some of the wonderful plugins that help make it happen.

Agile and Lean, Government

Making an IT service: design phases

Reading Time: 2 minutesI 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)

Reading Time: 3 minutesI 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

Reading Time: 5 minutesI 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, …

Agile and Lean

Can personal kanban make my home life better?

Jamie Arnold's personal kanban board

Reading Time: 3 minutesI 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, …

Public Speaking

300 Seconds: A series of lightening talks aimed at women speakers

Reading Time: 2 minutesBack in February I saw an opportunity on twitter to talk at a fantastic event called 300 seconds. The event is series of lightening talks (300 seconds, or 5 minutes to be precise) on any subject aimed at women speakers. I’ve been looking for more chances to speak in public, so I signed up straight away.