Session type:


Presented by:

Simon Pang

Sport England

Steve Garrett

Sport England

Session time:

19 Sep 14:00 15:00

Session duration:

60 minutes

About the session

A talk followed by a workshop showing how easy it is to fall into the trap of arranging ourselves in a doughnut ring around a piece of work rather than in onion layers as recommended by Emily Webber. 


In many organisations, people work across multiple pieces of work. When setting up new agile teams to deliver services it can be natural in these organisations for this pattern to be repeated. In the experience of Sport England, this leads to teams that operate inefficiently often with any core team. Instead, there are lots of people contributing approximately one day a week to multiple teams.

This talk and workshop will illustrate what they found, and what they did to break the pattern and run an interactive workshop to demonstrate the disadvantages of having team doughnuts rather than onions.

Participant takeaways:


  • Context switching is hard and inefficient
  • Find the sweet spot where pieces of work have the correct amount of accountability, autonomy and governance to move forward at a reasonable pace
  • Real-life examples from Sport England’s Service Delivery team


Teams, Agile, Leadership

This session:

  • Includes interaction

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