Boost wins Team Gold Award, plus user stories in action, Boost in the NBR, and the new government web standards in the spotlight.

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30 July 2019

Boost wins at Wellington Gold Awards!

We are beyond excited to have taken out Team Gold at this year’s Wellington Gold Awards.

The awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the Wellington region and it was a fantastic occasion. About 800 people were there, including the Minister of Finance Grant Robinson and the mayor Justin Lester. Boost created quite a stir, with lots of people coming over to find out more about us. That included the mayor, who asked if he could pay us a visit at the Boost studio.

Winning any award is awesome, but the Team Gold award is particularly special. That’s because it recognises the way the Boost team work together on a quest to create the best workplace in New Zealand. 

The practical ways we do this are often unusual and untried. They wouldn’t work without a team that has the talent and enthusiasm to turn experiments into excellence.

What we’re doing to build NZ’s best workplace

What most intrigued the National Business Review about Boost?

Boost’s unusual structure, processes and culture continue to catch the attention of the business media. The latest outlet to take a look at what makes us different is the National Business Review.

The NBR have put out two pieces on us recently. Grant Walker’s video interview with Boost CEO Nathan Donaldson was especially interested in the way our Agile approach affected how we operate. Gill South’s article led with Nathan’s plans to hand over ownership to Boost’s employees. Both pieces offer insights into the benefits any organisation can get from becoming Agile and bringing in a freedom-centred culture.

Get the NBR's perspective on Boost  →

Preview the course on YouTube  →

Lock in your Agile training for October

The first of our new “limited edition” Agile Profession Foundation courses is on 21–22 October. With the course running less regularly, places are going to be harder to secure, so book yours today.

You’ll get a two-day immersive introduction to the Agile mindset, learning values and principles you can apply to get more done in your day-to-day work.

Because it’s run in an Agile way, it’s interactive and responsive. And because it takes place in our Agile development studio, you get to see how Agile works in practice.

Learn more or book now

Getting more value from your user stories

We had lots of interest in our user story examples, so thought we’d share a bunch of our other resources on the subject.

Discussing user stories at a Boost scrum board.

User story examples

Good, bad and ugly examples of user stories, along with explanations of why they work and why they don’t, to help you create stories that deliver value early and often.

Better user stories by example  →

User stories in Scrum

The Scrum Guide doesn’t mention user stories. If your Scrum Team has opted to specify Product Backlog Items with user stories, this guide shows how to make them work in Scrum.

Get the most from user stories in Scrum  →

Creating a user story map

When you’re starting a project, user story mapping helps you plot your path from understanding user needs to building the minimum viable product that will deliver them.

How to create a user story map  →

Better acceptance criteria

How to use acceptance criteria to clearly define what needs to be done to complete a user story. Get a guide and a checklist to help you create effective acceptance criteria.

Effective acceptance criteria for user stories  →

Sessions on the new web standards

If you’re looking to learn more about the recent update to the NZ government web standards — and you’re in Wellington — the government web standards team are running two sessions in the near future (very near in the case of the July session).

These are in addition to the more general web standards clinics running from August to December this year.

What's new with the web standards?


Archives New Zealand
10 Mulgrave Street


Wednesday 31 July, 10am – 12 noon
Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 12 noon

Learn more and RSVP  →

Our next Agile Professional Foundation runs on 21–22 October
Get the skills to deliver more value, faster.

Sign up now


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