What is a “Professional” Contractor?

Jeremy Renwick Digital skills, IR35 Leave a Comment

Agilesphere’s excellent reputation for delivery is closely linked to the quality of our people and the way we support them.   To ensure quality we expect a relevant skills demonstration from all roles; for example we set developers a coding test and ask agile coaches to facilitate a workshop designed to help people learn an aspect of Agile.  We also have …

Agile Leadership in Practice

Jeremy Renwick Agile Leadership, Business transformation

I had a great day at Agile Tour London and was humbled to have been asked to present “Agile Leadership in Practice” in the Leadership track of the conference. Drawing from my own experiences of leading Agilesphere and client deliveries, I’ve distilled what I’ve learnt (so far) I believe Leadership in 2019 is about inspiring, motivating and developing people to …

Adaptive Organisation

Jeremy Renwick White paper

The silos are out to get us! Over 80% of digital transformations have or are failing. There is a common reason for these failures which is that they fail to change the organisation structure to properly empower and support multi-disciplinary teams. Having spotted this pattern I’ve been working to understand why it happens and what can be done to enable …

The Agile Digital Services training course (AgileDS™)

Jeremy Renwick Training

The UK government has been making incredible progress with creating services that are digital by default, accessible and meet the needs of citizens. It’s now been recognised as a world leader in digital, topping the UN E-Government Survey index in development and e-participation. As projects in government are often complex, the Government Digital Service (GDS) has created its own Digital …

Key issues in tech ethics

Jeremy Renwick Blog

There’s definitely something about attending meetings at the Houses of Parliament. The corridors of power oozing history, the sense of events happening around you and the hint of a promise of a smidge of influence. So having the opportunity to opine on “What are the most pressing issues in tech ethics?” was too good an opportunity to miss. The big …

Scaling agile: What can I do before adding more people / cost?

Jeremy Renwick Agile at scale, Blog

When scaling agile, it’s important to keep front of mind that we are spending other people’s money. We should always think about delivering value for money from outset and be transparent with ourselves and stakeholders about Value. A sponsor will ask the questions “Are we getting value for money?” and/or “Can’t we go faster?”. These are legitimate challenges and as …

Why scale agile?

Jeremy Renwick Agile at scale, Blog

I’ve just googled why scale agile. All the higher ranked entries focus on “how” and “what” of scaling agile and are typically trying to sell SAF – highlighting the marketing genius that is Dean Leffingwell. The highest ranked answer that is relevant is a 3-part blog from “Adventures with Agile” that is erudite but doesn’t really answer the question. For …

Ten years of Government Digital

Jeremy Renwick Blog, Digital delivery

Ten years ago today the initial Beta of the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) went live for the first time. It was a collaboration between the Packaging Federation, the Environment Agency (EA) and Oxford based software house Solution 7. The beta was a ranging success with over 80% uptake and reducing the time to produce the key Q1 numbers by 6 weeks. The full …

Today I gave away my company…

Jeremy Renwick Blog

Yesterday I was the founder and sole “beneficial owner” of Agilesphere, today Agilesphere is a mutual owned and controlled by its members. I’m now one of the three CxOs and we’re in discussion with a dozen more like minded folk. So why do we think this is the right thing to do for us as individuals and Agilesphere as an …