Wednesday 27th March, 2013
11:40am to 12:30pm
Everyone talks about the benefits of agile and even Government is catching on that the waterfall model isn't fit for purpose but no one seems to talk about the dark side of Agile as well. I'd like to do just that. I want to share the journey that www.gov.uk has taken, from the initial idea built as an alpha all the way through into the "real deal", which got launched in October 2012.
Scaling from a team of 12 to a cross disciplinary team of over 140 people in a relatively short time, should never have probably worked, but it did...mostly! I'd like to share some of the pain that agile caused and how we solved some of them and how we're still battling with some other aspects. Using agile as a methodology is no silver bullet.
We aim to be as transparent as possible and to share what we learn with others. We code in the open, I'd like to talk about our process in the open as well.
Tech lead for GOV.UK Platform team
I currently work at Government Digital Service as tech lead for the gov.uk platform team. I've been working for 10 years as a backend developer in many different sides of the technology sector; advertising, agency, e-commerce, startup and now the public sector.
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