Agile and Lean

Experience

  • Delivered multi-day Kanban training workshops as part of Ocado’s internal academy.
  • Ran a team workshop to establish a set of team KPIs, then implementing them.
  • Executed an “improvement Kata” programme to drive continuous improvement.
  • Frequently facilitated the team’s weekly retrospective.
  • Participated in Portfolio Wall review meetings, suggesting process improvements to take into account Cost of Delay in the division-wide prioritisation process.
  • Developed a “Definition of Ready” (to work in tandem with the “Definition of Done”) so that blockers could be more easily identified and resolved before development begins.
  • Created “Things to Discuss” meetings in order to smooth team norming.
  • Put together a lunchtime workshop to improve estimation within confidence intervals, based upon examples seen in Hubbard’s “How to Measure Anything”.
  • Taken part in many user workshops.
  • Analysed a range of electronic Kanban tools to evaluate which would best suit our team.
  • Encouraged regular Squad Health Checks (following the Spotify model).
  • Was a part of a department that carried out a self-selecting restructuring session, resulting in self-organising self-organising teams!

Writing

I write a blog called Agile Aspirations.

Here are some recent posts from my blog:

I have also written for the Ocado Technology blog.

Speaking

I have been accepted as a speaker at the following conferences:

Conferences I've attended

  • Agile Cambridge 2016

Podcasts I listen to

Books I've read...

Business for Punks: Break All the Rules - the BrewDog Way
really liked it
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
it was amazing
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement and programming
Who Moved My Cheese?
liked it
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement and self-improvement
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
really liked it
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement and self-improvement
Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes - But Some Do
it was amazing
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement and self-improvement
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
it was amazing
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
it was amazing
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement
The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
it was amazing
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement and programming
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
it was amazing
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement and self-improvement
Rework
liked it
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement
The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable
really liked it
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement
It's Not Luck
really liked it
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement
Thinking, Fast and Slow
really liked it
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
it was amazing
tagged: agile-and-business-improvement and self-improvement

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