Yoh Announces Britain's Most Accomplished Practitioners at the 2013 UK Agile Awards

LONDON—8 November 2013—Yoh, a leading provider of talent and outsourcing services, today announced the winners of its annual UK Agile Awards event, held on 7 November 2013 at the famed Grand Connaught Rooms in London. With more than 300 of the top Agile professionals and business leaders in attendance, this was the single largest Agile industry event of its kind in the UK, and all proceeds from this black-tie affair benefited UK charities.

Now in its fourth year, the UK Agile Awards were created to recognise and award top Agile talent in this growing project management discipline adopted by the UK government, as well as many of the top public and private businesses in the UK. The awards were open to practitioners and senior leaders in the UK who exemplify characteristics of conviction, passion, and courage in driving the adoption and broad deployment of the methodology. The event recognised the winners as catalysts for successful innovation, and served to publicly acknowledge their efforts.

“Agile has become an integral part of the way UK Plc does business and has made the transition from next practice to good practice. As an organisation, we are continuously exploring the new trends and business models that drive digital advantage. We are proud of our achievements in enabling IT professionals to gain the most benefit possible from Agile, and are equally proud to have been a headline sponsor of such a remarkable event and evening,” said Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

“Agile is most successful when both leadership and daily practitioners are committed to collaboratively identifying and defining customer and market requirements, which has the benefit of naturally improving the customer relationship,” said Don Hason, Senior Vice President of Agile Practice and Global Strategic Solutions at Yoh. “We are glad to have the opportunity each year to contribute to this culture of collaboration and look forward to expanding the reach of the awards to both Western Europe and the United States in the coming years.” 

 

The 2013 UK Agile Award Winners include:

BEST AGILE COACH OR MENTOR

Amy Thompson

thebigword

 

BEST AGILE NEWCOMER

Daniel Bass

comparethemarket.com

 

BEST AGILE TEAM

The Scrumbags

Travis Perkins

 

BEST USE OF AGILE IN PRIVATE SECTOR

Voyager

SITA

 

BEST USE OF AGILE IN PUBLIC SECTOR

Amberhill

Metropolitan Police

 

MOST VALUABLE AGILE INNOVATION

Commitment

Olav Maassen

Chris Matts

Chris Geary

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Rob Smith

IndigoBlue

 

This year’s programme also included several headline stars from the entertainment and technology industries who shared their expertise and talents with the attendees. Notable guests included:

  • Host and MC Sally Phillips, acclaimed creator and writer of the Emmy®-award winning sketch comedy show “Smack the Pony,” and star of BBC One’s “Miranda.”  
  • Keynote speaker Osman Kent, one of the UK’s most successful tech and music entrepreneurs. Kent is a serial technology entrepreneur best known for his role as co-founder and CEO of 3Dlabs®—at one time an almost $1 billion company on NASDAQ. Kent is the CEO at both Numecent™ and his own record label, Songphonic™. He was recently cited as one of the top 15 technologists by Business Insider.
  • Special guest Michael Azoff, Ph.D., MIEEE, who has been working as an IT industry analyst since 2003, and brought his more than 20 years of experience in pure and applied research and consulting in the IT industry. At Ovum®, he leads the software development and lifecycle management (SDLM) research, and is focused on agile and lean practices in software development.
  • Panel moderator Karl Flinders, Services Editor of Computer Weekly, who led a lively panel discussion about how panelists utilise Agile methodologies to transform their organizations. Flinders has 17 years of journalism experience, and in his current role with Computer Weekly, focuses on the topics of financial services and outsourcing. 

 Sponsors at the event included ASOS®, BCS®, IndigoBlue™, Tata® Consultancy Services, Emergn®, Jadu®, DSDM® Consortium, Scrum Alliance®, and TCC® Training and Consultancy.

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For over 70 years, Yoh has provided the talent needed for the jobs and projects critical to our clients’ success by providing comprehensive workforce solutions that focus on Aerospace and Defense, Engineering, Federal Services, Health Care, Life Sciences, Information Technology and Telecommunications. Yoh fulfills immediate resource needs and delivers enterprise workforce solutions, including Managed Services, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Vendor Management Systems, Independent Contractor Compliance, and Payroll Services. For more information, visit yoh.com.

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