This year I have had the pleasure of speaking at Agile on the Beach 2014, this year as a follow on to last years launch of the Agile Innovation project I have shared some of the results of introducing Agile to high growth businesses, teams and entrepreneurial start ups.

Agile Innovation Project – Agile on the Beach Talk

Watch the full 30 minute session here

Watch the 4 minute video from the session

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The session talks through the development of a business based Agile model to introduce agile culture, strategy, project management and tools to High Growth SMEs as a way of managing growth and change in any business sector and environment.

In software development agile is used to manage scope creep and similarly, in high growth businesses their growth is their scope creep.  HG businesses need to manage this scope creep effectively in order to continue to manage its impact on the business and its people

The session includes case studies from established geology, film production and PR businesses, an innovative fashion start up and software business that are using agile more widely at a strategic level of their business.

Video Interview : Belinda Waldock : Agile Innovation in Cornwall

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Agile on the Beach is a two day conference on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between, perfect to evoke creative and technical thinking, enjoy time with the UK’s leading thinkers in agile adoption and evolution.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall. Exploring the latest agile and lean thinking in software craftmanship, teams and business. Including ample networking opportunities such as the beach party this conference brings together 300 people to explore, evolve and find out what it means to be truly agile in business, from its culture to product development practices

Agile Innovation Project

To extend the reach of the proven Agile programme by embedding Agile methodologies into core business processes

Extend agile methodologies to:

  • Start up business methods and models
  • Create organisational strategic agility
  • Find more efficient ways of bringing new products to market
  • Re-position existing products and improve their management
  • Bring clarity to and delivery of change management projects
  • Drive efficiency in process management
  • Create adaptive marketing and sales strategies
  • Commission IT infrastructure and programming projects
  • Develop Materials and Tools to support workshops and coaching activity
  • Develop Innovation Start Up Methodology
  • Create additionality to existing Grow Cornwall programme of 50 jobs/startups  and £1.3 Million GVA
  • Act as a transferable project to other contracts
  • Act as a pilot framework for post 2015 projects
  • Develop IP through tools and processes and enable wider team to utilise and deliver

Delivery Streams

  1. Innovation start up methodology, toolset and framework – a model that facilitates the development of an innovative business idea into a viable business model quickly and effectively through innovation workshops, coaching and expert mentoring
  1. Agile Strategy & Management  – an agile approach to business development. – Through workshops, coaching and expert mentoring businesses will be introduced to agile tools and methods such as :  Business model development, Strategic mapping, Agile project management, product development and management, agile marketing, agile teams, change management, process development, visibility & communication tools
  1. ICT Investment – agile approach for investing in new technology to support a specific growth project or business model.  Development of ICT Investment agile approach/tools
  1. Agility in ICT – within Cornwall’s knowledge/ICT based business sector to provide light touch support at the leading edge of adoption and evolution of agile in this sector.  Working with new businesses as well as the existing agile group on topics such as organisational agility, team management, product management, agile contracts and marketing. Delivered through workshops and coaching, with a small budget to support external experts.  Workshops are expected to overlap with the strategy/start up streams.  This stream will continue support of key initiatives; Software Cornwall, the Agile Summer School and the Agile on the Beach conference.