Agile Angel Award

Know someone who lives and breathes agile? Nominate them today for our Agile Angel Award

Entry Criteria

Criteria for the Agile Angel category:

– Nominee works using an Agile Methodology
– Nominee works for a tech business/in a tech role

Successful nominations should detail but not be limited to the following:

– How the nominee embodies the Agile principles
– Has the nominee helped their company adopt an Agile way of working?
– Examples of how the nominee implements Agile methodologies

Andrea Jelley – Winner 2017

Andrea started recently at Wheatley and took on our first Agile project which covered £1m worth of work over a 6-month schedule. She helped form 3 development teams, two Delphi and a.Net team to tackle the program, where the work was split across functional lines.

Instead of large functional specification documents, the BA’s created User Stories on index cards and helped facilitate developer & QA estimation sessions. The User Stories were stuck on the meeting room wall in functional grouping according to the team working on them, as a team completed a feature the card was ticked off (Agile value, Transparency). She made the process of ticking off a story a fun little celebration, a small step on the way to the larger goal. She organised the User Story cards into sprints using blue masking tape and a heading so there was no ambiguity as well as organising on our work tracking tool which had to be customised to handle the new Agile workflow. She then used the virtual board to help run the daily stand-ups – where everyone actually stood up!

Reporting the burndown of the number of User Stories completed kept the customer informed. She also facilitated the end of sprint demo’s where the team showcased completed work to the customer directly over Skype. If any stakeholders couldn’t make the meeting, a screencast of the demo was made available.

She encouraged the team retrospectives to learn from the previous sprints and looked for ways to improve (Agile value, inspect & adapt).  Considering this was Wheatley’s first agile project and it was scaled across 3 teams with a hard go-live date & external customers who have no experience of Agile, this was a considerable achievement.

Finalist 2017

Sarah Roberts

Finalist 2017

Robyne Birkby