Growing Fast Within Government

Wednesday 1st May 2013 , 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Anna Shipman, Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service.

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.


We’re going to talk about the journey over about a year and a half from the tiny start-up environment of the Alpha through to the delivery of with a team of 220 people, focusing on some of the particular challenges we faced within government and some of the challenges to do with agile and fast growth that might have wider applicability. This talk was originally given at XPDay 2012 and included sharing what we felt were the key risks, so in this talk we will also discuss how, six months on, these concerns have panned out.

About the speaker


Anna Shipman is a software developer, currently working at the Government Digital Service on the new GOV.UK site. She has been developing software in Ruby, Java, JavaScript and more latterly, Perl, for seven years, and has previously spoken at XP Day; in 2009 she gave the talk “When Agile Might Not Be The Best Solution”..

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