Agile on the beach 2024


This event took place on Jul 04-Jul 05, 2024

Agile on the beach


We are excited that our members of the network will be speaking at Agile on the Beach 2024, a conference event that propagates innovative Agile methodologies through a community of thought leaders, visionaries and adopters, widening the Agile bubble and helping businesses and individuals to add meaningful value.

No matter what stage of digital transformation and agile journey you are on, Agile on the beach covers it all.

Location: Falmouth University

Date: July 4 – 5, 2024

Registration: Get your tickets here. 


Meet the Equal Experts speakers:

 Neha Datt, Product & Change Consultant

Talk: Product management dark patterns
It’s 2024. You work in a product company. Focusing on outcomes and customer needs isn’t good enough anymore.
Sure: product development has matured and we have a rich foundation of powerful practices focused on meeting outcomes and customer needs.

However from blitzscaling to hyper-personalisation, these “good” practices have also created unsustainable businesses and entrenched systemic biases.
We’ll challenge the definition of “good” product practices and show you how to address the dark patterns that emerge. to build ethical, sustainable, inclusive products.
It is, after all, 2024.

Talk location: Studio K
Date: Thursday 4th
Time: 14:00 – 15:45

Mohit Chandna, Product Consultant
Talk: Solving real-world problems with a (mini) Design Sprint

Unveil the magic of Design : a brief yet potent remedy for real-world challenges. Picture this—within a mere 90 minutes, plunge into an immersive, interactive workshop.
From idea inception to solution sketching, witness the journey of design sprints shaping informed decision-making in a lively collaborative setting.
It’s not just a workshop; it’s a rapid, dynamic solution for the modern innovator!

Talk location: Studio E
Date: Thursday 4th
Time: 16:00 – 16:45

Julia Bellis, Global Psychological Safety Lead
Jon Fulton, Lead Consultant

Talk: Explore what Psychological Safety is and isn’t, with Liberating StructuresOur industry has discussed Psychological Safety for years, especially since Google’s Project Aristotle identified it as the number one factor in creating successful teams.

Psychological safety is a belief that the context is safe for interpersonal risks – that speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes will be welcomed and valued.

Our research shows that it’s widely misunderstood. Many equate it to comfort or happiness, without embracing the challenge of collaborating and learning to achieve high performance.

Join us to explore psychological safety through real world experiences and practical exercises. We will build a shared understanding to apply in your own organisations. We will tackle challenges in teams, and beyond, in the wider organisation where teams, groups and stakeholders interact.

Talk location: Studio F
Date: Thursday 4th
Time: 10:30 – 12.15

Caitlin Smith, Technical Delivery Manager
Talk: Going digital at His Majesty’s Passport Office – from zero to 15 million passports

How do you transform a government agency, and digitize a critical national system used by millions of people? How do you bring together subject matter experts, designers, product managers, developers, and operators to deliver a user-centric digital service? When your transformation is 90% complete, how do you cut the long tail of your legacy system?

His Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is an agency within the UK Home Office, a 240 year old government department of 50,000 employees. HMPO processes twenty seven million applications and prints seven million passports a year, but six years ago we were at a crossroads. Processing paper-based applications in our legacy system was time-consuming, costly, and inefficient.

We committed to a long-term business transformation, and had some tough challenges including Brexit treaty changes, pandemic remote case working, and a post-pandemic passport surge. We’ve processed millions of selfie mobile photos, printed 15 million passports, and digitized 90% of our user journeys. Now we’re tackling our 10% long tail with a truly end-to-end cross-functional team.

We’d like to share with the AOTB community our successes and lessons. We’ll talk about our user-centered approach to experience design, and our modern technology stack. You’ll take away from our session why building for user needs and creating a breadth of collaboration are so important for lasting business change. We’ll see you there, as long as you’ve got a valid passport!

Talk location: Studio L
Date: Thursday 4th
Time: 16:00 – 16.45