Session type:


Presented by:

Jack Collier


Saheel Sankriwala

Department for Education

Session time:

12 May 14:00 15:00

Session duration:

60 minutes

About the session

This session is about how agile approaches made rapid delivery possible at the height of the pandemic, and how the experience has shaped delivery approaches since. 

On the 18 December 2020, the government announced that all secondary schools would begin testing for COVID from the date that they returned on the 4 January.

That was seven working days to assemble a team, adapt existing software, deliver a national roll-out of a new service, train schools, fundamentally change the role of schools from places of learning to testing centres…and be confident it would all work.

So how did the Department for Education, working with the NHS, do it? And what were the lessons learned for how to deliver in the future?

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • How agile delivery approaches made delivery possible
  • How hybrid working practices enabled a better response
  • The practical importance of the little things to unlock productivity
  • The intangible value of concepts like servant-leadership
  • What we have taken from the experience, how we lead agile teams with hybrid working, and what you might do too

The talk will include:

  • Testimony from people involved in the project, how it felt using agile to deliver a fast-paced project
  • Practical examples of challenges and how they were overcome using agile delivery techniques
  • Some discussion with the audience on how they might approach similar challenges
  • Lessons learned

This session has: 
A session number cap: 40 participants

Agile, Transformation, Hybrid Working, Crisis Delivery

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