Blog / Graeme McCubbin

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Digital Customer Programme: Show & Tell #12 with Newham Council
January 17, 2017
Here we are - Show & Tell #12 with Digital Team, and the first of 2017. With a room full of refreshed attendees from the festive break, it’s time to see what’s been happening across the lastest sprint of the Digital Customer Programme with New...
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Bridging the gap between Discovery and Alpha: Show & Tell #11 with ...
December 20, 2016
The first Show & Tell since the completion of the initial Discovery Phase, and the final of 2016, with the Digital Team at Newham Council. With the Digital Customer Programme now entering into the Alpha Phase, it’s a very exciting for the tea...
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Unboxed Hackathon #2 - All in an innovation day’s work
December 19, 2016
Following the success of our last Hackathon day, we decided to make this a recurring event, spending more innovation days together as a team. Last week, a group of six of us (Charlie, Chris, Elena, Jack, Neil and Tom) headed back down to Campus L...
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Faster than Lightning: November's Developer Event
November 30, 2016
Interesting code snippets, insightful discussion, story sharing and good company - it’s November’s ‘Faster than Lightning’ developer talks at Unboxed. Here’s a selection of the submissions from this month: Charlie Interestingly; it’s p...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #10 with Ne...
November 25, 2016
The Digital Team have reached a milestone Show & Tell in their Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase with Newham Council - Sprint 10. With a buzz across the room, spirits are high as it reaches 11am – the time for the Show & Tell kick...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #7 with New...
November 9, 2016
It’s been two weeks since I attended Show & Tell #5 at Newham Council, so back along I came for the next weekly session to see the progress the Digital Team have made across Sprint Seven of their 10-week Digital Customer Programme Discovery Ph...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #5 with New...
November 2, 2016
Another sprint down, and the next weekly Show & Tell with the Digital Team in our 10-week Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase with Newham Council. I headed to meet the team on Wednesday morning to see what they have been up to across Sp...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #3 with New...
October 26, 2016
With a couple of sprints under their belts since last there, I went along to Newham Council a few weeks ago to attend the Digital Team’s third Show & Tell. This is the third installment of what’s been happening during the council’s 10-week Dis...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #1 with New...
October 11, 2016
I spent Wednesday morning visiting the Digital Team at Newham Council, to attend the first Show & Tell of their 10-week Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase. Over the last week, a small Unboxed team have been working alongside the Dig...
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Event: Agile Pilot - How to deliver "stuck" digital products and en...
September 19, 2016
Complex portfolios of digital products can stall in development. It’s a fact of life. The vision gets clouded, deployment slows down, your team becomes demotivated and progress halts. You’ve stopped delivering. Or even worse, you can’t quite seem ...
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Re-addressing the challenges to children’s allergy healthcare with ...
September 14, 2016
I spent Monday afternoon visiting the Health Foundry healthcare startup space to expand my horizons on what steps are being taken within service transformation in the NHS. The Health Foundry is a brand new collaborative workspace for people usi...
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Meetup: UX For Life
July 22, 2016
This Tuesday was the initial first UX For Life meetup, held at Unboxed HQ. Hosted by Leon Odey-Knight and Alice Richmond, UX For Life is a meetup group consisting of lightning talks which delve even deeper into the user experience of our existenc...
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ShareDigital conference 2016
July 19, 2016
The conference: Share Digital 2016 The date: Wednesday 6th July The attendees: Graeme, Martyn With the aim of growing and expanding my knowledge in the digital public services area, I jumped at the opportunity to attend this year’s ShareDigital 2...
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Event: Digitalising Local Government Services
March 18, 2016
With ongoing spending cuts and budgets getting tighter and tighter, it’s becoming more costly for local councils to maintain their services as they currently work. Shifting these services to digital reduces running costs, increases accessibility a...
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SnowHow: Mountain vs. Startup
January 26, 2016
At Unboxed, we like to work with, and mentor, entrepreneurs and startups. We love ideas. Growing ideas and exploring new ones – not only our own but those of others. That’s why we’re spending this year working with 50th Generation – a purpose-led ...
LifT Digital
January 15, 2016

Invoice financing: faster, simpler and cheaper directly through your existing online accounting package Many growing small businesses in the UK need to ease cash flow quickly - but it needs to be cost effective and sustainable over time. LifT i...

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Event: The £50k Springboard
December 7, 2015
How to use the first £50k of a digital product to build the business case for the next £500k You’ve been given the first initial budget for a new digital product idea (or to overhaul an existing one). That digital product is going to be the one t...
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Event: Andrew White’s Technical Breakfast Club - What's coming in R...
September 24, 2015
Rails Core Member and Unboxed’s CTO, Andrew White (@pixeltrix), held the first Andrew White’s Technical Breakfast Club last Wednesday morning. Developers and architects attended to hear the uncovering of the major topic, and find out the answer ...
Agile pon de Beach 2015 - #AgileOTB
September 9, 2015

The conference: Agile On The Beach 2015 The dates: Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd September The attendees: Claire, Jack, Martyn, Ben and Graeme (+200 others, but we don’t have caricatures for them) 2 days. 50 speakers. 40 sessions. 1 beac...

Planting the seeds for successful KPI trees
August 20, 2015

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KPI trees were at the root of Wednesday’s Masterclass, hosted by Richard Stobart. A blend of senior digital stakeholders, product owners and digital creatives attended this one-off session to explore the answ...

Webinar: Speed up problem and customer validation
July 2, 2015

Martyn Evans hosted the second in our SpeedAgile webinar series: Speed up problem and customer validation. In this session, Martyn explored how to unlock development by quickly and deeply understand: 1. The real problem that your digital product ...

10 things that make a great Product Owner
July 1, 2015

A good Product Owner is key in success, making a huge difference in terms of drive and enthusiasm. Here (in no particular order) we’ve pulled out 10 attributes believed to make a great Product Owner (with much insight provided by Alan). ...

Webinar: Speed up stakeholder communication and sign off
June 25, 2015

Richard Stobart kicked off our SpeedAgile webinar series, with the first session: ‘Speed up stakeholder communication and sign off’. In this 30-minute webinar, Richard explored: Rapidly engaging and building confidence with your stakeholders Cr...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 1st June 2015
June 5, 2015
Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 25th May 2015
May 29, 2015
Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 18th May 2015
May 22, 2015
Roundtable: Leading the transition to Agile in established media co...
May 21, 2015

10 attendees (see who attended) 3 lightning talks 4 discussions Wednesday 20th May saw us pull up a chair to our first media roundtable discussion session. From publishers to TV and from music to education, traditional media companies have cha...

Unstick your digital products
May 12, 2015

Stalled products in your product portfolio, a situation which is ultimately frustrating. So how do you rapidly progress these products through the pipeline, and towards the glowing light at the other end? Following on from our #StuckPipeline even...

Unboxedis10 anniversary song countdown
April 24, 2015

As we celebrate our 10th birthday next week, we thought we’d look back at what song was riding high as UK #1 on 29th April 2005. Much to our surprise, it was Peter Kay singing ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo?’ along with Tony Christie, wearing ...

Event: Kicking the cobwebs out of your stuck digital product pipeline
March 30, 2015

Four insightful speakers and a fantastic audience – Wednesday 25th March was our ‘Unstick your digital products’ event, in Central London. This energetic three-hour session was attended by heads of industry and explored the techniques to: • Acce...

Webinar: Offshoring Agile: Make it work in practice
March 19, 2015

Carlo Kruger hosted the final webinar in the #StrongerAgile series, titled ‘Offshoring Agile: Make it work in practice’, live from our Cape Town office. Despite the belief that Agile can’t work offshore, this webinar explains how it can flourish w...

Webinar: Why & how to include developers in business & design meeti...
March 6, 2015

Andrew White hosted the third webinar in the #StrongerAgile series, titled ‘Take developers up the foodchain: Why and how to include developers in business and design meetings for better ideation’. The full audio of the session: Topics covere...

Webinar: Spanning the rift - Advice for waterfall organisations run...
March 2, 2015

Steve Lennon hosted the next webinar in the #StrongerAgile series, titled ‘Spanning the rift: Advice for waterfall organisations running Agile projects’. The full audio of the session: Topics covered included: • The role of culture and beha...

Roundtable: Digital Healthcare
February 26, 2015

Wednesday 18th February saw the Digital Healthcare Roundtable Session take place at Unboxed Consulting. The session brought together a handpicked and diverse group of healthcare experts and leaders, with the aim to start a revolution in digita...

Webinar: 90 days to transform a ‘stuck’ digital product that HAS to...
January 27, 2015

Richard Stobart held the first in a new webinar series, titled ‘90 days to transform a ‘stuck’ digital product that HAS to succeed…’: Topics covered included: • Roadmapping • What not to do and how to untie your hands so you’re doing...

Webinar: Getting to Beta
December 5, 2014

Richard Stobart held the final in the current Digital Leaders Webinar series on Wednesday titled ‘Getting to Beta: taking ‘stubborn’ products to beta in 8 weeks’. Topics covered included: Understanding Beta, knowing what you’re tr...

Webinar: Communication Ceremonies
November 24, 2014

Richard Stobart held the second instalment of our current Digital Webinar Series, titled: ‘Communication Ceremonies: why, what and how to communicate to increase the pace at early stage digital product development’. Topics covered include...

Event: Digital leaders discover the 'new rules' of outsourcing - Ag...
October 27, 2014

October saw our ‘New Rules of Outsourcing’ event take place at Skills Matter in Central London, to answer the question that was on all of our minds: 'What are the new rules of outsourcing?’ Unboxed Friends and Family, as wel...

Summer Unboxin' had me a blast
September 18, 2014

Charlie joined the Unboxed team in June as part of our summer internship programme, after completing his second year of studying Computer Science at the University of Aberdeen. Having spent the last three months as a member of the team, he is now...

The Agile LEGO village
August 12, 2014

Last week, a small team of us took part in the Introduction to Agile course, right here at Unboxed Consulting HQ. Alex Bobin, Charlie Egan, Paula Stepinska, Oskar Pearson and myself (Graeme McCubbin) all spent the day taking this internal versi...

A Ruby-plated breakfast
July 31, 2014

July saw our CTO, Andrew White host the Ruby on Rails 4.2 networking breakfast, right here at Unboxed Consulting HQ. Members of the Ruby community attended this one-off session to hear what’s coming in Rails 4.2, straight from our very own Ruby o...

Is agile testing worth it?
June 13, 2014

It seems there is a lot of talk about agile testing circulating, but is it really worth it? Agile testing is a mindset. We all know mindsets can be a challenge to change, and this is no different. But what are the benefits of moving to an agile te...