Most Agile frameworks, like Scrum, Crystal and XP, were conceived by developers for a small team of developers. With the inherent maturity of the agile concept, 'old' practices, such as Lean, were employed to scale Agile beyond a team of 5-9 software developers. SAFe and Disciplined Agile are good examples of augmenting Agile with Lean, at the cost of restricting agility to ensure scalability and financial viability. Some Lean practices, like Kanban, were re-discovered and are considered by some practitioners as the next agile step. Agile beyond software development is not necessarily as easy as you hear in conferences. In the trenches the famous 'mindset change' is both ways: Agile must also learn to accept other ways of doing things and adapt to the needs of non-technical teams.
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Agile methods, including iteration and incremental thinking, can work very well to relieve stress and sustain resilience in the face of hard times, particularly due to COVID-19. Join this webinar to take away key strategies to manage emotional and mental health and stay happy, healthy, and productive.
Agile is often advertised as the silver bullet in the training class that will deliver "twice the scope in half the time." In principle, the topic of this webinar, agile implementation failures, may be unexpected from someone who used Agile practices long before they were called Agile and who was a champion of adoption of XP and Scrum in the early 2000s when Agile adoption was considered "crazy." One of the fundamental principles of Agile is to fail fast, learn, and recover. But accepting failure is not always as easy as it seems. When a manager “motivates” his team with "failure is not an option" or expects the Project Manager or the Scrum Master to be a "pusher" rather than a servant leader, learning from small mistakes becomes an important process. This webinar presents several situations when Agile failed, analyzing the root cause and what could have been done differently to avoid failure.
Nowadays, agile is a very trendy topic, and there are over a hundred certifications and thousands of courses teaching you how to be Agile, usually by learning a framework. Like any other skill or expertise, mastering Agile requires more than a course and the guide upon which it is generally based. Scrum, the most used Agile framework, is described by its authors as "lightweight, simple to understand but difficult to master," and any practitioner with more than a couple of years in the Agile trenches knows that is neither simple nor easy. This webinar is a collection of real life situations where traditional teams moved to Agile frameworks. The webinar is an analysis of the human aspect of transitioning to a new way of working in parallel with learning new technologies, products, and programming languages while last but not least having the management pressure to deliver.
Educators are continually searching for techniques to improve knowledge retention, especially during the pandemic. Research shows that poor knowledge retention exists because teaching typically follows a traditional waterfall approach, which studies show to be ineffective. The “learn and forget” style of rote learning should be discouraged. Employers are frustrated as they find themselves retraining new hires on concepts that should have been learned in schools. Employing agile techniques in pedagogical practices increases knowledge retention. Delivering a course in order of importance, with constant stakeholder collaboration, and adapting the delivery based on feedback increases learning and knowledge retention. Also, educators should use a test-driven development approach with continuous planning and frequent feedback to improve learning and satisfaction.
As an Agile practitioner do you want to know if your investments in Agile have been worth or not? Do you have visibility how customer perceive the value that your agile teams are delivering? Do you know the realized & unrealized value of your product? If you are also wondering / been asked such questions by your management, then you might get some guidance from this talk.
Nowadays, Agile Transformation is one of the trendiest organizational topics. In recent years, a new role emerged: the Agile Coach - the knight on a white horse that will transform the organization to be the best. Claims that using Agile will improve quality and deliver twice in half the time or that a new 'mindset' will drastically improve happiness are very common. And in most of the cases, they result in failure although other significant benefits may be observed. Agile Transformation is still a transformation at the Enterprise level. To be successful, it should be treated as any other large Organizational Change: a project with clear objectives, resource allocated, and metrics to measure the success. Agile Transformations are tough projects, and an experienced Project Manager should lead them; for large organizations, a specialized Change Manager may be required. This webinar presents several patterns of Agile adoption with pros and cons and recommendations for organizations that want to become Agile. The webinar is based on real life projects.
Agile, for many a silver bullet, worked pretty well for software development teams with most of them being the first attempt to have a structured approach. Bringing some order to chaos was beneficial, and the results were in some cases spectacular. Most, if not all Agile frameworks were developed by software engineers and for software engineers. Apart from a couple of frameworks, like Disciplined Agile and SAFe that combine Agile with traditional Lean practices used in manufacturing, most Agile frameworks were developed for small teams (less than 10) and a start-up culture.
Is your team or organization on track with Agile? Are you sure? Agility assessment is a powerful tool to get you on track with your team's or organization's agility and how you can improve Agile in your organization. Join this webinar to learn more about assessment tools and techniques. Has your organization or team recently implemented Agile, and if so, are you on track to realize the intended benefits? Are you sure things are on track? If you are not assessing your organization’s or team’s agility, you may be missing warning signs that Agile is not working for you.
Nowadays, digital transformation is a hot topic. Every organisation has their own initiative to introduce new tools aimed mainly at enhancing mobility and collaboration. However, the concept of digital transformation is not new; it has been done several times before, most notably with the adoption of the Personal Computer and the .com revolution. Digital or not, transformation means disruptive change and challenges to organisational culture. Agility, rather than being the driver, should support digital transformations by contributing to the mindset changes, adding flexibility to processes, and last but not least supporting empirical learning.