• Scrum in Education

    Online event

    You must join us to hear from the founder of a world-wide community that is rapidly growing around the application of Scrum to education.

    Willy Wijnands is a dedicated and highly-experienced Chemistry & Science teacher based in Holland. He draws parallels between Scrum and the education environment, and his application of Scrum in the classroom achieves astonishing learning and development outcomes. Not just improved marks, but strong and positive personal development.
    Now more widely adopted, he has co-created a context specific Scrum framework for education and gained many fans (including Jeff Sutherland the co-creator of Scrum).

    Willy will explain that the starting principle is the autonomy and authenticity of people, and that he believes children and young adults do take responsibility and can work together independently:

    - Students work together in an energetic, effective and focused way.

    - Small teams self-organise their work and thereby learn engagement, commitment and taking responsibility.

    - They train to self-reflect and give feedback to themselves and to their classmates.

    - And most importantly: students go through strong and positive personal development. They get to know their own qualities and find out how to use their own resources.

    During this session Willy will share his experience in implementing Scrum in education and the benefits it brings.

    Willy Wijnands, creator & founder of eduScrum® and initial co-creator of Lightschools® and is a passionate teacher.




  • One super-dog, and her servant leader


    Lowland Rescue are business agility exemplars, helping search and rescue teams across the UK locate vulnerable missing people.

    What happens when your customer (the missing person) cannot communicate with the team? How do you get fast feedback? How do you collaborate to achieve the objective? How do you adapt to new intelligence during the middle of a search? What happens when the smartest person in the team is a dog nobody can understand.

    About the presenter: Darren Yeates

    Darren is an agile transformation lead for RBS. He is also a volunteer level 3 area search dog handler for Lowland Rescue, and together with his dog Millie; is called out on average 30 times a year to look for vulnerable missing people.

    Darren is a professional enterprise and team coach with over 10 years of agile and nearly 20 years of C/C++ software engineering experience, working in organisations such as Thales, McLaren Racing and BAE. His ‘why’ is to help others help themselves.


  • In-depth case study of business agility with Amanda Colpoys

    You must join us for a brilliant case study of agile outside IT; of true business agility.

    In 2017 Amanda had the exciting opportunity to introduce business agility at Moonpig, one of the UK’s best known start-ups. This talk provides an in-depth case study based on her experiences and learnings. The talk will cover the vision - what Moonpig hoped to achieve - and a detailed account of how they introduced change, including restructuring teams, introducing lean working practices and championing a culture of self-organisation.

    Amanda is an experienced speaker and this promises to be a fascinating and engaging case study.

    About the speaker:
    Amanda began her career in the media, spending 9 years at the BBC before moving sideways in to technology. Having worked on a variety of software projects for the likes of NBC, MTG and BBC Worldwide, she joined Moonpig in 2014. She worked initially to introduce agile and lean practices within product and engineering, before going on to transform the wider organisation, introducing agile working across the commercial and marketing functions.

    Amanda now works as a freelance coach supporting organisations to adopt lean, agile and growth methodology. She is passionate about building autonomous, self-organising teams aligned around clear missions. She believes in leveraging a lean approach across all value streams, creating systems of work that are optimised for delivering maximum value at a sustainable pace. She champions a culture of fast feedback and continuous improvement which puts customers and employees at the heart of the business.

  • Best of "Being Human" with Richard Atherton


    We are delighted to announce that Richard will be joining us for the evening. Here's his journey so far:

    Late evening on March 14 last year, Richard got out his credit card and declared “I’m in”. With that, he joined the “Broadcast Yourself” podcast coaching programme led by YouTuber Brian Rose.

    43 episodes later and over 30 thousand downloads in, the “Being Human” podcast is now very much a thing.


    From the start, his mission was to bring a deeper conversation to business. To that end, Richard has interviewed therapists, bare-foot crusaders and CEOs amongst several Agile luminaries including Kent Beck, Dave Snowden, Dan North and more.

    In this session, Richard will share his most striking learnings from over 50 hours of conversation. He will also present a world premiere: a collation of his guests’ answers to his signature question, “What does it mean to be human?”

  • Design Sprints & Lighting Decision Jam


    We promise you a fantastic start to 2019; Ross Chapman from Etch Sprints presents:

    A powerful method to help turn directionless meetings into one that captures problems, reframes them and moves to solutions, with teams deciding what to achieve within the short term. It's called the *Lightning Decision Jam*


    An overview of Design Sprints, developed at Google Ventures. Working together in a sprint, you can shortcut the endless-debate cycle and compress months of time into a single week. Think super-lean initiation.

    Part presentation, part practical application: breaking into teams to try it. Ideally attend with your team!

    Ross Chapman is the Head of Design Sprints at Etch; A collection of people, agencies and partners that exist to redefine how traditional consultancies operate. He's making teams work better together.

  • Lessons from a successful agile adoption outside of IT

    You must hear the fascinating story of a multi-year agile adoption across a business community of eighty people at Nationwide Building Society. What they have achieved is utterly remarkable at both team and community level.

    Regardless of your business sector, if you're outside of IT and thinking about being more agile, you cannot miss this event.

    This from the trenches case study is packed with valuable lessons to share:

    - What do we mean by business agility, in practical easy to understand language

    - The benefits of being agile (outside IT)

    - The reasons for change and what measures to use to gauge how it's going

    - How to approach a business agile transformation (outside of IT)

    - What are the differences with IT, with practical examples of what works (and does not!)

    - Why we started using the Scrum team-level framework and why we now have a bespoke iterative sprint based approach (scrum-like!!)

    - Observations about agile certifications and certification boards

    - The role of the Agile Champion, and how to avoid the "keep spending" agile coaching model

    - What's possible with business agility, and the pitfalls and lessons

    The session will conclude in an open space format to allow further discussion on areas of specific interest to you.

    Presenter: Ellie Taylor is a senior auditor at Nationwide and is helping her organisation embrace business agility at both team and community level, and wider.

  • The Way We Are: organisational structures to get the best out of people

    No longer are traditional (functional & hierarchical) organisational structures delivering the leanness & agility that is demanded by customers. Traditional approaches to patching these traditional organisational structures have given some benefits but they are treatments, rather than a cures. It is now time to seek a cure for the problem; to redesign our organisational structures & rulesets to deliver leanness and agility as an outcome. Prior to designing new, people centric, organisational structures it is essential to have a model for the people that the new structures are there to serve. Only in this way can we hope to get the very best out of “the way we are”.

    PART 1 – The Way We Are

    · The Irreducible Nature of Us & Our Environment – (we can’t describe ourselves in isolation)
    · Our Way Of Being - (the immutable laws of nature & how we are described by them)
    · Our Anxieties & Motivations - (motion away from chaos & motion towards order; how the 2nd law of thermodynamics, entropy, impacts us)
    · Understanding the Nature of Hierarchies & Happiness - (social (belonging dominance), power (meaning dominance), competence (structure dominance), action (vitality dominance)
    · We Are Driven To Be A Winner – (winner takes all & prices law)
    · We Wish For An Easy Life – (finding the sweet spot of maximum order for minimum chaos)
    · We Are Adaptive – (to an environment of our choosing)
    · We Find Change Difficult – (the power of social bargains)
    · We Easily Disengage – (the causes of disengagement)
    · This Is the Way We Are – (synthesizing to create a simple model of the way we are)

    PART 2 – Designing Organisational Models To Get The Best Out of “The Way We Are”

    · Formalizing the Organisational Design Requirements - (from the “the way we are”)
    · Methodology for Organisational Design - (a simple process, SAY, DO, PROVE)
    · Tools to Help us Design Organisational Structures & Rulesets - (help in creating “to Be” models)
    · The Systemic Nature of Organisational Design - (it’s a ball of string all parts touch all parts)
    · The Design Process (the design for creating designs; a meta model)
    · Chains v Rope models (individual accountability for outcome)
    · Disintermediation increases happiness (direct feedback of performance)
    · Designing the flow of resources; money…….etc (the role of resources in reinforcing mind-set change)
    · The Game of Games – (playing the game sustainably)


    Andrew Holm offers a potential glimpse into the future of work and organisational structures.

    Featured on BBC Radio 4 In-Business, Andrew and his business partner are the founders of the world’s first truly self-managing organisation.

    Matt Black Systems manufacture helicopter and aircraft parts in the UK in a highly competitive, regulated and complex business sector

  • A practical and interactive session on Continuous Improvement

    Learn how to create, implement and maintain a simple framework for making small incremental improvements.

    Applicable to any business or sector, personal or team level. You can use it anywhere and everywhere. This simple working method should be in the toolbox of every agile and lean practitioner.

    In this hands-on and highly-practical session you’ll build and take-away your own Continuous Improvement or Kata board (on removable and roll-able paper).

    The event will be facilitated by the meetup organisers using the training from the back of the room approach. Room, sandwiches and refreshments kindly provided by Barclays.

  • Achieve agility in Marketing, with Monica Georgieff practitioner and author

    What does it mean to "go Agile" or to go through "an Agile transformation" in marketing? If you're a marketer who has heard these hot topics discussed, but would like to see them work in practice, join us for an evening centred around achieving greater marketing agility using Kanban. We'll discuss a few emblematic, concrete examples of marketing teams that have adopted Lean and Agile to shift the mindset of their organizations towards a more efficient process and better overall results. We will team up to visualise the workflow for a marketing team example, adding WIP limits, reporting and explicit policies for greater predictability.

    The session will focus on:

    · Implementing Lean and Agile principles via Kanban within your organisation.

    · Case studies of British companies who have implemented Agile Marketing to achieve some of their most successful campaigns.

    · What it takes for a digital marketing agency to go Lean and start tracking process metrics.

    · An exercise in mapping a marketing workflow and applying Lean practices within your team.


    Monica Georgieff - Lean and Kanban in Marketing evangelist and guest speaker, Kanbanize, AgileSherpas

    Former Director of Marketing at Kanbanize, one of the leading Lean process management software vendors, contributor at chiefmartec.com, and a Lean/Agile coach at AgileSherpas.

    Currently helping marketing departments and digital marketing agencies in London bring Lean and Agile methodologies into their process, take control of their workflow and measure their efficiency. Helping Kanbanize launch their second product, Flow-e. Author of "Lean and Agile Marketing with Kanban" - join the event here to enter the draw and win copies of the book!

  • Agile & Lean in Construction: a brilliantly compelling & inspiring case study

    Join us for an inspiring evening to see how two pioneering organisations are working together to successfully apply Agile and Lean practices to the construction industry.

    It's a fabulous case study with an engaging story, and also promises plenty of pictures of tower cranes.

    Jointly presented by:

    Willmott Dixon; the UK's leading independent construction and property services company.


    Suiko are experts in operational excellence; their structured approach includes the best of lean, six sigma, kaizen and continuous improvement.


    The session will major around:

    · Reasons for looking at and adopting Agile and Lean within the construction sector.

    · Experiences of using Agile and Lean across their business.

    · Suiko support and examples of work within Willmott Dixon.

    · The developed “ Willmott Dixon Way" and future plans for expansion of the framework across the UK wide business.


    Stuart Gray - National Planner, Willmott Dixon Construction

    Construction Management qualified with over 25 years’ experience managing and planning construction projects across the UK and Middle East.

    Experience includes capital infrastructure, secure governmental estates, waste water, industrial and residential projects working for Major UK Construction companies including Tarmac, Carillion and Interserve. Joined Willmott Dixon 3 ½ years ago from Interserve International

    Currently supporting and defining construction planning strategy across the Willmott Dixon construction business across the UK which includes the introduction of lean and agile methods across all live construction projects.

    Chris Jones - Director, Turner Townsend Suiko

    Mechanical Engineer qualified with over 20 years’ experience in engineering and production roles in the UK

    Extensive experience across industry including senior roles within Kawasaki heavy industries and Pilkington Glass. Joined Suiko 5 years ago and had lead Lean and operational excellence projects within Premier Foods, Silverspoon Sugar, Alpha LSG, BOC Edwards

    Currently supporting Willmott Dixon to help introduce Lean and agile methods across the construction business, in particular across live construction projects.