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Agile and Scrum IIL

7 June 2018

Location: Online

Time: 8:45 - 17:45

Duration: 1 Day


Headshot of Geof Ellingham Agile Business Consortium DirectorGeof Ellingham is a Coach and Consultant who has spent thirty years in technology and education, including a decade as a Head of IT within local government. He joined the Agile Business Consortium in 2016 to lead the Consortium’s development of a new training course and qualification to support the public sector in building its Agile knowledge and skills. Geof became the Agile Business Consortium’s Chair in July 2017 (previously the DSDM Consortium).

This presentation will tell the story of the UK's rise to lead the recent Unites Nations (UN) e-Government index, a story of innovative, startup thinking with agility at its heart. What made the creation of Government Digital Services (GDS) possible, and how has its radical approach survived the claws of government bureaucracy? What are the challenges in scaling such a big change in approach to service delivery, and how did that lead the Agile Business Consortium to develop a new Agile Digital Services training course to address the needs of users in government?

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Agile Digital Government: the UK story

A recent United Nations e-Government survey ranked the United Kingdom first in both the e-Government Development Index and the e-Participation Global Indexes. The establishment of Government Digital Services (GDS) in 2011 played a central role in the adoption of Agile approaches to digital services across the country over the subsequent years.

The Agile Project Management (AgilePM) qualification from the Agile Business Consortium (formerly DSDM Consortium) and APMG International was widely adopted by government organisations as the preferred approach for training and skills development. 

However, it soon became apparent that many gaps and conflicts existed and there was no training provision that really suited the needs of the UK government in further improving the effective provision of digital services. Since 2017, the Agile Business Consortium has been developing a new Agile Digital Services (AgileDS) handbook and accredited training course to meet the specific needs of those developing digital services inside government and in the private sector. 

This course has just finished private beta (it is being developed using the user-focused and iterative practices it teaches) and this presentation will cover the journey, the challenges and the future opportunities for adopting the GDS approach to large-scale digital transformation.