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 …

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: 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 …