Agile and Lean

The Deconstructed workshop, getting input from busy people

The deconstructed workshop

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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, Communities of practice, Public Speaking

Building a (delivery) community a talk at Agile Cambridge

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Webber Walker Wedding Week Notes (weeks 10 and 11)

Reading Time: < 1 minute There 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 minute 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, Capability, Government, Learning

Best agile training? Just do it!

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Webber Walker Wedding Week Notes (week 2)

70s wedding

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’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

Organising a wedding (and keeping agile): Week 1

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 …

Public Speaking

Talking Shop Fronts on Radio 4

Reading Time: < 1 minute On 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 …

Communities of practice

Lots of love for all the wonderful WordPress plugin developers

Reading Time: 2 minutes When 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 minutes 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)

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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.