- Design Sprints love Agile!
Agile, Scrum, Kanban, lean and MVP, digital product development processes of all sorts and kinds are part of our everyday workflow. But how and when can we connect Design Sprints with these powerful frameworks to create new products or rethink existing ones? We will be looking closely into effective models, methods and tools that can help you quickly and efficiently incorporate Design Sprints into your Agile process. The benefits are indeed amazing, and we can’t wait to share this hands-on knowledge with you. And, as always, be ready to roll up your sleeves and jump straight into the experience! Together with our friends and special guests from DESIGN SPRINT ACADEMY, who set up their Meetup group to share expert insights into Design Sprints and facilitation tips and tricks. We will provide insights and some best practices into how to start loving Agile Design Sprints! Speakers: Kjell Eldor-Evans, Product and Innovation Lead, Manifesto: The Design Sprint, first develop by Jake Knapp at Google, has changed the way businesses create new products and services, by bringing together multiple stakeholders to frame urgent problems and prototype solutions. But how can Design Sprints, and design thinking more generally, relate to Agile development sprints? How can design sprints be used to define requirements which can be developed, tested and shipped at speed? In this talk, Kjell Eldor from Manifesto’s innovation hub, Future Foundry, will answer these questions and share case studies which show how a combination of design and agile sprints can deliver better quality products in less time. Simon Bates, COO, Manifesto: Simon, experienced ScrumMaster, Agile practitioners and speaker, will be applying Agile Methodologies such as SCRUM to show how we would deliver the outcomes of Kjell's case study example. On the night, we will also hear talks from John Vetan, Design Sprint Strategist & Co-founder of Design Sprint Academy, and Mark Garner our Design Sprint Convert from Design Sprint Academy. Further speakers to be announced - watch this space! We look forward to welcoming everyone across our Meetup groups in this exciting collaboration.
- Making Agile work for you - Workshops
Join us on Wednesday 29th August, 6:30-9pm at the Manifesto studio in Shoreditch where this summer session of Agile for Agencies will have three interactive workshops for members to participate in. The workshops: Agile Contracts - with Simon Bates, COO of Manifesto Simon will take you through a practical and logical approach to writing and agree on simple agile contracts with your clients. He will share examples and help you get started on your own version. Estimating as a team - with Joanne Ralfe, Operations Director at LIDA Joanne will take you through estimation techniques, particularly focussed around user story size discussion and how planning poker can be a fun way to do so. User story writing - with Guillaume Buat-Ménard, CEO of Aqueduct User stories are the bedrock of agile backlogs, and not always easy to write. Guillaume will give you some practical tips on how to write good user stories that can be understood by everyone (including the client). As always there will be opportunities for questions and time to chat over a beer. We look forward to seeing you!
- Agile War Stories
On Tuesday 20th March Agile for Agencies will be hearing from a variety of agency and Agile professionals through a series of PechaKucha presentations after the format was a great success at the last meet-up. PechaKucha is a form of presentation popular in the Agile world that condenses the subject down to 20 slides, each lasting for 20 seconds. The slides usually progress automatically to keep the presentation moving at the right pace. Read more about PechKucha (http://www.pechakucha.org/faq). We will be focusing the presentations on Agile War Stories, focusing on what didn't work, or what we had to change and adapt to make it work. Already on the line up: Ami Shuckla, Senior Project Manager at Aqueduct: The Psychology of Deadlines Tariq Khan, Director of Interactive, TMW Unlimited: The Cult of Collaboration Kjell Eldor, Product and Innovation Lead at Manifesto: The Missing Product Owner Marlen Lutter, Senior Project Manager at Syzygy: Better the devil you know Edward Scotcher, COO at Agility in Mind: Getting to 'no' Further speakers are to be confirmed! If you are interested in putting together a PechaKucha for our March Meetup then please leave a comment below or private message, and we will be in touch. Join us for an evening of small talks, questions and a few beers!
- 2020 Agile
On Tuesday 10th October Agile for Agencies will be hearing from a variety of agency and Agile professionals through a series of PechuKucha presentations. PechuKucha is a form of presentation popular in the Agile world that condenses the subject down to 20 slides, each lasting for 20 seconds. The slides usually progress automatically to keep the presentation moving at the right pace. Read more about PechKucha (http://www.pechakucha.org/faq). We're expecting a range of presentations and welcome the sublime to the ridiculous and we're fully accepting of the tenuous link to Agile! If you're interested in presenting - please get in touch - we've still got some time for more presentations. Already on the line up: Neil Clark, Head of Customer Experience at Infomentum: The bullseye scrum board Drawing inspiration from Craig Strong’s super hero scrum board (http://www.strongandagile.co.uk/index.php/super-hero-scrum-board/), Neil developed the Infomentum bullseye scrum board, which has iterated through three key stages to the current board (now 5 years old!). Neil will be taking us through their journey, sharing their reasons for change and how this has benefitted the team. James Downes, Strategy Director of Pancentric: Better user stories As we increasingly base our work around User Stories it is fundamental that our stories capture real customer needs. James shows how using Design Thinking techniques such as divergent/convergent thinking, co-creation, narratives and story boards, can find unmet needs, unlock customer value and translate these into valuable user stories. The result is a process that is iterative, efficient, cost effective and aligned with both stakeholders and customers. Louise Bliss, Client Services Director, and Kjell Eldor, Product and Innovation lead from Manifesto: Let's talk about Product Management The Product Manager plays a key role in ensuring Agile teams build leading products that users love. Louise Bliss and Kjell Eldor will discuss what the gold standard Product Manager looks like and consider the challenges they face when in-house, or when acting as a Proxy-Product Owner for agency clients. Simon Bates, COO of Manifesto: How to talk Agile with a procurement department John Bown, Agile coach and Scrum Master: Stop estimating; you're no good at it Further speakers are to be confirmed! If you are interested in putting together a PechuKucha for our October Meetup then please leave a comment below, or private message, and we will be in touch. Join us for an evening of small talks, questions and a few beers!
- Agile for Agencies meets AgencyAgile
Join us for a special Agile for Agencies Meetup on June 13th from 6:30-9:00pm. We are pleased to be hosting the founders of AgencyAgile, Jack Skeels and Greg Morrell. They will share insights on how to run agile agencies and engage in a discussion with us around best practices on broad and successful adoption of agile methods across an agency. A bit of background: AgencyAgile AgencyAgile is ammanagement and operations training company that works specifically with advertising, marketing, and digital agencies. Founded by ex-agency executives in 2011 and based in Los Angeles, AgencyAgile has helped over 80 agencies around the world adopt and transition to agile methods, yielding significant productivity, margin, client and employee satisfaction gains. Their focus and passion is to improve agency operations, client engagement, and employee happiness; they offer a series of workshops, all delivered on site at your agency, working directly with your project teams and working on real client projects. The methods are specifically designed to support the learning and communication styles of agency employees. Session synopsis: Why Agile is So Hard to Use in Agencies? What are the Keys to Success? AgencyAgile will unpack many key reasons why using Agile methods in an agency can be so difficult; and what successful adoption of agile methods requires. Beyond just the mechanics, processes and tools, cultural norms and hierarchical organisational models need to be addressed as well. This often means that agencies need to modify how work is sold, scoped, estimated and delivered; and the role of management needs to shift as well, in support of team-member empowerment.
- Digital Transformation and the Role of Agencies
In this month's Agile for Agencies we will focus on Digital Transformation, both internally and in agencies. Whether you call it Digital Transformation or not, clients are asking for it and Agencies still need to improve on it. More often than not, agile is a great conduit for transformation particularly around creating digital products and furthering one's skills in digital operations and thus laying the foundations for digital innovation. Join us for a three speakers event hosted by LIDA with: Chris Giggs, Head of Technology at LIDA Chris will explore what we mean by digital transformation and the landscape. What are the implications for agencies, and how can we better work with clients to influence change? Guillaume Buat-Ménard, Chief Technical Officer at Aqueduct Beyond Agile for Agencies: How Co-Creation can Transform Agencies and Brands Whilst agility is a pre-requisite for building better products and relationships it is not enough to foster digital transformation. A true collaboration between agencies and brands can lead to great products and transforms both agencies and brands from within. In this talk I will share learnings and advice on co-creating with our clients.
- Creative culture through an agile lens
We're kicking off 2017 by getting stuck in to creativity and Agile - and what that means for agencies and teams now and in the future. The world is changing fast. Technology is evolving, consumers are becoming more demanding, and talented employees have grown increasingly discerning about where they want to work. Speakers: Charlie Lyons: The Creative Director is Dead The industries that we work in look very different today than they did ten years ago - and the pace of innovation is only getting more rapid. The only way for companies to keep abreast of this landscape is to embrace this change. But, to do this means to drastically change the way we work. Gone are the days of creativity solely being the remit of the creative department. We need to move away from the cult of the creative director, which gives one individual or department a monopoly over creativity. Mark Ellis: The re-birth of the Creative Director Mark Ellis, alive and kicking, talks to us about his experience as a Creative Director, and how creativity has developed in agencies more recently. As the Creative Director at Manifesto, Mark has first-hand experience of how the agency environment is changing. His talk will give an insight to ways and methods of sharing creativity with the wider agency, and how everyone has the potential to help take creativity to new and exciting heights. Further speaker to be announced shortly. Along the way there will be opportunities for questions and time to chat over a beer.
- Agile from the trenches
We've got 3 speakers lined up for an evening of Agile agency discussion with experiences from the front line of Agile delivery and Agile marketing. Our speakers are: • Gez Smith - For years, marketers have used up-front planning and specification to launch campaigns in a single big bang. This worked in predictable and well-understood environments, like TV and press advertising, but the Internet has now made marketing far more complex, fast-paced and uncertain. As a result, the old approaches often don’t work, and the answer may lie in agile. Based on Gez’s recent book, ‘Agile Marketing: The Incomplete Guide’, this talk looks at how agile can be used in marketing, and the potential blockers to making it a reality. • Paul Gannaway - shares the stories of running agile projects and will give us his user story mapping survival guide when working with clients. • Louise Bliss - following the merger of a creative agency with Manifesto at the start of 2016 Louise talk's about how ways of working were integrated across creative, UX and technology Along the way there will be opportunities for questions and time to chat over a beer.
- Visualisation and Metric in Agile Agencies
Its our 3rd session of Agile for Agencies in 2016 and this session with will revert back to the format of three shorter speakers with a Q&A session at the end. We will be looking at the data that you can gather while using agile within your agency and how that can effect further decisions. We have three speakers, talking on the following: - Visualisation is not only for creatives - Michael Short In this talk Michael will talk about how he uses visualisation to help plan work and manage backlogs and epics throughout a project. - Trust us we're different - Ed Scotcher In this talk Ed will tell a story about how Agility in Mind took the initiative to built trust with an agency who were working for them, helping them manage expectations by collecting and using simple data that put people at the centre of the relationship and drove results. - Using delivery metrics instead of estimates - Guillaume Buat-Menard In this talk Guillaume will tell of his experience of using NoEstimates, empirical metrics and visualisation techniques in a agency and on a fixed priced project.
- Eben Halford: 5 Rules for Unlocking Team Potential
A good team produces more than the sum of its parts. In this talk Eben will look at over 20 years of evidence based research, what it says about teams, and the enabling factors needed to get productivity gains claimed for them. It will include what makes teams different from groups, structures that enable teams, team motivation, organisational context and finally, appropriate team coaching and intervention models. As ever there will be beers and an opportunity to ask Eben and other members of the Agile community questions.