Why agile?

Jeremy Renwick Agile coaching, White paper

Why agile? Agilesphere was developed to provide everything needed to fully embed agile in any organisation. Our training, coaching, mentoring and delivery services have been developed through years of experience of delivering business change and software using agile techniques. Our aim is to ensure that your people and processes completely embrace the need and disciplines to keep projects and programmes …

Where next for the agile evangelist?

Jeremy Renwick White paper

Firstly let’s be clear – we believe the Chasm Model applies because agile is a “discontinuous innovation that requires the end user and the marketplace to dramatically change their past behaviour to achieve the promise of equally dramatic new benefits”. Secondly it is worth noting that while this model is focused on technology providers such as VersionOne, Thoughtworks Studios, Atlassian …

Crossing the chasm and beyond

Jeremy Renwick Business transformation, White paper

The technology adoption lifecycle (Chasm theory) summarises how communities respond to discontinuous innovation, i.e. new products that require the end user and the marketplace to dramatically change their past behaviour to achieve the promise of equally dramatic new benefits. Past examples of this are fax machines, personal computers, spreadsheets and electronic mail. The original work from as early as the 1950s …

What is the Dynamic Systems Development Method?

Jeremy Renwick Blog, Business transformation

In one sentence, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) is an agile project delivery framework covering all aspects of change delivery from project initiation to benefits realisation. At the core of DSDM are similar principles and practices to all other agile methods: Breaking business requirements into small components – user stories Prioritising these components according to the business need Delivering, testing …

Agile – What’s in it for me?

Jeremy Renwick Agile coaching, White paper

Agile has proved its worth in many organisations by improving the delivery and quality of software projects. This is particularly true of the use of agile to deliver new “digital” services that harness the power, cost efficiencies and reach of the web to disrupt existing business models or create new industries. There is, however, a big difference between implementing agile …

Agile: Stuck in the IT Ghetto? 

Jeremy Renwick Blog

I’ve rarely had a problem with getting business engagement in my deliveries, in fact it’s usually the opposite – too many different voices!  So if other very good Agilists had a problem is there something else going on? Having started looking, I saw more and more of it, some patterns formed and I have come to the conclusion that in general Agile is stuck in the IT Ghetto and is finding …

Digital by default: knowledge and experience

Davina Sirisena Blog, Digital delivery

This is one of our ‘ways of working’ blog posts focused on what we offer and how we work with our clients. If you’re building a digital service in government, it’s important that you operate within Government Digital Service (GDS) guidelines specifically referencing the Service Design Manual and adhering to the Digital by Default Service Standard, including passing the related assessments at the end …

Agile delivery: focusing on outcomes

Davina Sirisena Blog, Business transformation

Collaborative working, when facilitated by an experienced delivery manager, keeps the whole team focused on an agile delivery. Agilesphere delivery managers keep people focused on delivery by involving everyone in creating and updating plans and prioritised backlogs. Working together, and then keeping everything as visible as possible, helps ensure that the whole team stays completely focused on delivery. Regular retrospectives are …

Setting an analysis rhythm in large or complex programmes

Davina Sirisena Blog, Digital delivery

Back in January, Davina wrote a series of blog posts about setting an analysis rhythm in large or complex programmes for the Government Digital Service (GDS). There are four parts: Part 1: Setting an analysis rhythm in large or complex programmes Part 2: High level design Part 3: Detailed design Part 4: Support build, test and iteration Below is a taster …

National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD)

Davina Sirisena Case study

The National Packaging Waste Database is an online system which tracks how much packaging has been put into the UK market and how much packaging waste has been recovered or recycled. It provides an easy way for industries to prove they’re meeting legal requirements. This helps Defra prove that the UK is meeting our overall EU obligations. NPWD replaced a …