Agile at Statistics New Zealand - Chanelle Becker & Joanne McGee

How may presentations have you see about agile journeys, what went well, what didn’t go well and that we think we are doing Agile but probably we’re not? Luckily this is not one of those!

Our Agile implementation at Statistics New Zealand was built bottom up. Sheer passion, eagerness to learn and a lot of failures have proved that despite an Agile way of working, we are always learning.

Statistics New Zealand is going through a state of change, delivering multiple projects simultaneously through three offices. We have had to become more Agile organisationally whilst using Agile practices at project level to facilitate change so we continue to achieve our goals.
Working smarter and proactively has been a challenge, but we hope this experience will help support and drive an Agile approach to our wider business teams and ultimately into other Government departments.

Our speakers:

Chanelle Becker
I’ve been working at Statistics NZ for the past 8yrs in various management positions delivering to Business Programmes. I am responsible for 50 - 60 staff that is spread across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In total our IT team is 200 in size.
One of my key responsibilities is to ensure we (IT) deliver to our Work Programme consisting of several big programmes (i.e. 130 projects!!!!). With fairly large programmes at Stats we’ve had to really modernise “how” we do delivery and actually work out how agile/lean methodologies fit in our organisation.

My focus has been primarily working at a strategic level supporting my team, rest of IT and the wider organisation to allow them to grow and enable agile practices that support Statistics NZ to deliver to our strategic priorities.

Joanne McGee
I am a Business Analyst at Statistics New Zealand. I work closely with both business and IT teams to deliver quality IT solutions to meet our organisation’s needs.

I began working with Agile as a Scrum Master in 2009. Since then my enthusiasm for Agile has grown, as I am an avid advocate of a flexible common sense approach to managing workflow, whether that workflow is software development or business processes.

At Statistics New Zealand I am an Agile champion, and I work with both IT and Business teams to setup and improve their Agile practice

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  • Chanelle B.

    Really enjoyed presenting. It was a challenge to try and cover 5yrs worth of journey in 45mins :). But more than happy to talk to individuals/teams if you want to know more. We (Stats) are always happy to help, support and learn more as we continue on our journey.

    October 23, 2013

  • Patricia L.

    Thanks for a very interesting presentation. The time wasn't quite long enough to to it all justice! Also for your offer to help others.

    2 · October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk about implementing Agile in a notoriously difficult area (Government), well done!

    2 · October 23, 2013

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