31 – Winning London Borough of Culture without a project plan: Waltham Forest’s agile story
- 3 November 2018
- Posted by: Helen Nicol
- Category: Resources
This case study was presented at the 2018 PSTA State of Transformation conference. You can read more about the conference (and download a copy of the full report) elsewhere on this website.
- You might assume that Waltham Forest won the competition to become the first London Borough of Culture (a concept inspired by the European capital of culture) because they ‘threw more money at it’ than the other 21 applicants.
- Not so. What set Waltham Forest apart was their approach to achieving their aspiration.
- Rather than running their campaign with a leviathan of project plan in the gas tank, they embraced an Agile approach, in leadership, process and in style.
- They trusted that if they set boundaries, were responsive and pivoted when needed, together with the community, they would ‘figure it out’.