Agile Women UK

Davina Sirisena Blog

We recently took over the sponsorship and running of Agile Women UK. Agile Women UK is a place for women working in agile environments to share success stories, challenges and opportunities. Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? Let’s get together regularly and swap ideas with other women who work in similar roles and can relate to shared …

SDLC: The price of disagreement

Stephen Blackmore Blog

When teams fail to agree and follow a common approach to developing and releasing software it often results in delays, duplication, and a mountain of technical debt. This post explores the challenges behind one of most important decisions your delivery team or programme will make - how to agree and follow the SDLC. Are we talking about ‘Software’ or ‘Service’ ...

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 …

Collaborating for organisational transformation

Hugh Ivory Blog

  Agile is more than a set of methods, practices and behaviours. Agile is an enabler for transforming organisations, as relevant in the public sector as it is in the lean start-up. Agile transformation requires new approaches across a number of dimensions: • Delivery (engineering): where the push for Agile normally starts, from practitioners influenced by education, social media, peers, …

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 …

A checklist for agile success

Davina Sirisena Agile coaching, Blog

As a coach, I’m often asked to take a look at how an agile organisation or team is working, and give my opinion as to if they’re set up for agile success. These are they key things that I look for: 1. The walls talk You should be able to walk any newcomer round your project space and have them …

Minimum Viable Christmas: agile prioritisation

Jeremy Renwick Blog

‘Tis the season for sharing so here’s a prioritisation exercise with a festive twist to highlight the pros and cons of different styles of prioritisation. The idea came from a conversation last year with my daughter when she asked for us to have Christmas at home but with minimum stress for everyone, particularly mum. We discussed this light-heartedly for a …