Emily Webber

Independent agile, delivery and organisational consultant, coach and trainer.

Talk Title

Why can’t we all just work together?

Abstract

I’ve noticed an increasingly worrying trend in the industry of specialisation at the expense of collaboration, shared responsibility and valuable outcomes. There might be many reasons for this, from organisational structures, changing workforces or uncertainty in the world. This trend is creating silos, across departments, between roles, and even in teams.

These silos mean that all the value that comes from a multidisciplinary team is lost, people get pigeonholed, and we lose focus on creating valuable outcomes for our users.

In this talk, I will explore this trend, some of the reasons we might be seeing it, and some approaches and techniques to break those silos down to work together.

 

Bio

Emily is a London-based independent Agile consultant, coach, trainer and speaker. Her focus is on creating the right environments for people and teams to succeed. She does this by enabling effective collaboration, agile ways of working, embedding communities of practice and leading initiatives for growing skills and capabilities. All of which help create sustainable change.

Before starting Tacit in 2014, she was the Head of Agile Delivery at Government Digital Service (GDS), where she set the standard of effective agile delivery. At GDS, she modelled the now widely-followed approach to communities of practice and has since authored the book Building Successful Communities of Practice.

She is always seeking opportunities to give back to the Agile community. She has founded several meetups, including Agile in the Ether, Agile on the Bench and Agile in Leeds. In addition, she is an experienced keynote speaker who presents at conferences around the world.

She blogs at emilywebber.co.uk and has many side projects.

Emily Webber