Declare ‘victory’ and move on

Jeremy Renwick Blog

‘Declare “victory” and move on’ is a pragmatic way to frame the closing of a long running project where the vision/ambition was ground-breaking but with the passage of time it has become clear that the project has become bogged down, it will not deliver the vision and so people want as positive way as possible to close it down and …

Fimatix and Agilesphere Announce Merger

Jeremy Renwick News and insights

Agilesphere and Fimatix are today (9 April 2020) announcing their merger. By combining their complementary expertise, this move will create a leading Govtech and Fintech business: Agilesphere, a Fimatix Group company. The purpose of the combined entity will be to enhance the productivity of business and governments to the benefit of economies, communities and people around the world. Agilesphere has …

Minimising IR35 risks

Jeremy Renwick Blog

The chancellor announced last week (Tuesday 7th January) that the changes to the off payroll tax (commonly known as IR35), extending the 2017 changes for the public sector to the private,  will go ahead in April.   The review that they announced at the same time which “will determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure the smooth and …

What is a “Professional” Contractor?

Jeremy Renwick Digital skills, IR35

Agilesphere’s excellent reputation for delivery is closely linked to the quality of our people and the way we support them.   To ensure quality we expect a relevant skills demonstration from all roles; for example we set developers a coding test and ask agile coaches to facilitate a workshop designed to help people learn an aspect of Agile.  We also have …

Agile Leadership in Practice

Jeremy Renwick Agile Leadership, Business transformation

I had a great day at Agile Tour London and was humbled to have been asked to present “Agile Leadership in Practice” in the Leadership track of the conference. Drawing from my own experiences of leading Agilesphere and client deliveries, I’ve distilled what I’ve learnt (so far) I believe Leadership in 2019 is about inspiring, motivating and developing people to …

Creating the conditions for Business Agility

Hugh Ivory Business transformation

Organisations need to constantly adapt in order to succeed. At Agilesphere, we believe that (top down) organisations need to understand their customers evolving needs, and invest in the development and delivery of products and services that best meet those needs. We also believe that (bottom-up) delivery teams using user-centred Agile approaches are best placed to understand users needs and to …

BPDTS coaching case study

Louise Jackson Case study

Following a successful bid, Agilesphere was awarded the agile coaching contract to support BPDTS in its vision to transform the company from one of traditional delivery to one which uses agile techniques and principles. BPDTS is the digital technology company set up to provide specialist digital technology services to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).   The outcome was …

How I became a Business Analyst from a developer role

Sanchita Chowdhury Blog

Recently, I’ve seen many developers moving to Business Analyst roles, just like I did. For many, it happens as part of an overall transformation of the role they’re working in. For example, a developer is sent to a client site and assigned to both tasks of gathering and development. So typically speaking, come the next project, the person is offered …

Adaptive Organisation

Jeremy Renwick White paper

The silos are out to get us! Over 80% of digital transformations have or are failing. There is a common reason for these failures which is that they fail to change the organisation structure to properly empower and support multi-disciplinary teams. Having spotted this pattern I’ve been working to understand why it happens and what can be done to enable …

What makes an ideal scrum team?

Gemma Riddick Thought leadership

As Talent Acquisition for Agilesphere, I see a lot of CVs that highlight the experience of the individual, but not the softer, competency-based skills. This is the stuff that makes candidates stand out – things that are difficult to show on a CV. Over the past few weeks, I’ve put together the following thoughts on what makes a good scrum team from …