Cracking the WIP – Victoria Morgan-Smith, Financial Times – Agile on the Beach Conference 2018

Victoria Morgan-Smith presents her Agile On The Beach 2018 session entitled “Cracking The WIP”.

Agile evangelists say we should Limit our Work in Progress… But, does this really help us get our work done? Surely the sooner we start, the sooner we finish? In this session Victoria puts the Limited WIP theory to the test to try and prove once and for all whether limiting our work in progress will help us to be more productive, or whether this is just slowing us down and good old fashioned multi-tasking is actually the answer to our productivity challenges.

This session explores the importance of Limited WIP. Victoria looks at how the notion of limiting work in progress is perhaps counter-intuitive. Many people who seek project management and work management training from me ask how they can get better at multi-tasking. But is this even the right question?! Rather than simply telling the room about the benefits of Limited WIP, it’s far more fun and effective to witness it!

Victoria Morgan-Smith is an Agile Delivery Coach at the Financial Times, where she has been helping teams succeed since 2009. Before this she was a developer for 9 years, a background which fuels her interest in finding fun ways to coach, energise and motivate teams into self-organising units.

She is passionate about collaboration beyond the team, adopting agile principles to get under the skin of what will deliver measurable business value around the organisation.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With over 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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