Monthly spotlight on Emily Ruffle
04 October 2019
Posted by: Abi Walker
Each month we have been interviewing a member of the Agile Business Consortium community. For October's spotlight interview, we have the Consortium's Head of Insights, Emily Ruffle.
How long have you been working for Agile Business Consortium?
What's your current job title?
How would you describe your role to a child?
In general, I work with the whole team at the Agile Business Consortium, seeking new opportunities and ideas that can be explored. Working closely with marketing on potential new Case studies and resources for members.
I am responsible for the research budget, all new ideas that require funding to test the market need to be agreed with me. I am responsible for maintaining the relationships between our universities and Agile Research Network.
I recently project managed the transition to our new website and Member database (CMS and CRM system).
Before working at the consortium, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I have had many jobs in the past, all very different and similar at the same time.
The most unusual job took me to the Rio Olympic games 2016 – where I worked for 4 ½ months. The job itself was not unusual, it was more the fact that I was working as part of a fully international team where English was everyone’s second language (if I was lucky!). I had to quickly learn and adapt, to how the new team worked, especially with cultural and language differences.
To this day it was the most diverse team I have been lucky enough to be part of, even as the token Brit – also the Brexit vote happened while I was there, which was a little awkward.
What’s the first thing you do when you start the workday?
Each morning before I check my emails, I open my success planner. I write down my intention for the day, and the day's priorities. I then reflect on the previous day in case any new priorities have arisen or moved forwards. Only then do I check my emails.
What agile techniques do you use in your day to day life?
I have a personal Kanban board (I keep that on Trello) and also a team board to track progression of tasks and projects. I often use MoSCoW prioritisation to help organise and clear my mind and focus on key objectives.
One of the most beneficial habits I have learnt this year is to reflect daily on my successes (big thanks to our coach, Felicity Lerouge, for her ongoing support). Using a success planner has helped me become more productive and positive about my work. Making time to focus on my intention and priorities, and reflecting on the days successes and lessons learnt, help to support a constant personal retrospective.
What do you enjoy doing out of work?
When not at work, I avoid any more screen time (apologies to friends and family who can never get hold of me, and colleagues who want to discuss the latest television show).
I can often be found digging/ planting at my allotment or in the garden. Experimenting with new ways and recipes to use courgettes and squashes and make them more exciting.
I also enjoy hiking, camping, sailing, sewing, baking and, of course, eating cake!
Tell us a random fact about you?
In 2019 so far I have given up nine weekends and 10 days annual leave to voluntary work with the Discovery Sailing Project, giving young people the opportunity to take part in sail training and learn core life skills as well as having good fun.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Live your life and eat cake!
It depends on what you’re into.
My normal library choice would be anything in the crime thriller section. My latest library read is “Keep Her Close” by M.J.Ford.
At home my latest books include“Veg in One Bed” by Huw Richards and “Jams & Chutneys: Preserving the Harvest” and Mary Berry's "The Baking Bible”. Wow! You can see I have a thrilling life with my veg!