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Agile Awards 2015: Great Times and Celebrating Bristol City Council’s Win

The Agile Awards 2015 gala dinner was the perfect environment for networking, celebrating Agile success and having a good time. Especially when one of your clients won an Agile Award. Radtac colleagues share their thoughts with you in this blog article: what it’s been like to participate in the ceremony, and how Bristol City Council’s win of ‘Best Use of Agile in the Public Sector’ got everyone excited.

The event

Year on year it’s a great opportunity to be part of the Agile Awards. It maintains always a great interest for everyone involved, from Agile practitioners, to Agile organisations supporting Agile implementation and optimisation. Last year, our client William Hill Online was rewarded with ‘Best Use of Agile in the Private Sector’, which was a great success for all of us involved.

This year’s sixth edition of the Agile Awards ceremony was held at the Montcalm Hotel in London on the 12th of November. A good looking venue with fantastic atmosphere and excellent food. Entertainment on the night included a performance by Rob Cromey-Hawke.

The 16 award categories were partly voted by a panel of judges and partly by the public. According to the organisers many of the categories were really hard to judge and it proved out challenging to choose only one winner.

Congratulations are in order

We were really excited to see Bristol City Council, one of our clients, win the award for ‘Best Use of Agile in the Public Sector’. It acted as a recognition for their great work and commitment towards implementing an Agile delivery and service design framework.

Huge congratulations to the award winners, Gavin Beckett, BCC Chief Enterprise Architect, and Tara Dillon, BCC Service Manager - Programme Management Office. Together with their whole team at BCC they showed a great commitment to this project.

Our colleagues at Radtac have worked with BCC to provide expert Agile support and skills for the Bristol City Council’s technical and service teams. They have also worked with the Council to build a delivery model that could help in achieving BCC’s Digital Service delivery goals.

The Council had recognised its need to create significant savings via their business change programme. Hence the need to re-design services around user needs. The new digital services had to be ‘so good that people prefer to use them’.

How did we help? By partnering with us, BCC were able to deliver projects faster, with better customer satisfaction, and to reduce the backlog of change significantly. It was an honour for us to work with such a dedicated team - and we are more than happy to see them winning a well-deserved award for this.

Like each year, our team members were delighted to be joined at the ceremony by some of our valued partners, and we would like to thank everyone who joined us. We hope you had a great time.

As for our team members, they all had nice things to say about the event. (With great food, great people and champagne, we do imagine everyone had a good time.)

What our team members say about the event

Gus Bjorkeroth, Head of Talent at Radtac:

“It was great to see so many people from all industries and all job groups gathered together for an awards show which recognised some fine achievements. Each year we see a deeper penetration of Agile thinking and Agile approaches in the market and each year the diversity of the people attending the awards expands. From a Talent perspective it’s warming to see the continued growth of trained, experienced and well respected Agile practitioners in the UK.”

Les Oliver, Associate Business Development Manager:

“From its origins just 6 short years ago, the Agile Awards has grown into an established, credible, enjoyable Annual Event for the UK Agile Community - and one which continues to benefit good causes. It was great as always to catch up with old friends, great to see new names reflecting the growth and maturity of Agile, and of course great to share a table with an Award-winning Radtac client.”

Michelle Sutton, Head of People & Resourcing at Radtac:

“It’s great to see the number of Agilists increasing year on year, and the awards celebrating that.”

Richard Lindsay, Sales Director:

 

“As ever a top evening where an impressive selection of the elite practitioners of Agile gather, both clients and suppliers. An opportunity to renew acquaintances and recognise through the Awards the value organisations are now reaping through their business transitions to Agile working. Moving and inspiring presentation by Rob Cromey-Hawke, ambassador for Help For Heroes. This year’s event was bigger than ever, somehow appropriate and in sync with the fact that Agile is now deployed at scale across organisations.”

 

And closing with the inspiring quotes above, we are looking forward to another edition of the Agile Awards next year. In the meantime, congratulations again to Bristol City Council.

 

 

Read the press release about Bristol City Council's award here.



Images courtesy of Neopan Photography.

Author

Sabina Stoiciu

Sabina Stoiciu

A young PR and marketing professional, Sabina enjoys working in a vibrant business environment. She sees adopting an Agile mindset, Agile principles and practices as a great opportunity that brings with it a new way of working - including an Agile approach to marketing. Sabina has a bachelor's degree in Communication and PR, and a master's degree in Marketing and Advertising. She previously worked as a Marketing professional for a technical product - a form building platform - where Agile had started to improve the company performance. Read more