Agile Fundamentals webinar recording

Is available now.  This webinar is focussed on those new to Agile and provides a brief overview of the origins of Agile, what Agile actually is, how it works and lastly some of the key practices that underpin Agile.

You can claim ICAgile learning credits from attending this webinar.  Simply go to the ICAgile website and click the “Click here to claim an attendance code from a meet up, conference or webinar button” at the top right.  Enter the following code Lam-AFWebinar-01 when prompted to do so.

Managing Agile webinar recording available

Our recent Managing Agile webinar is available to review on YouTube now.

Agile is now a proven approach to delivering software projects but it can still be a challenge to integrate effectively with existing company structures and processes.  There are many factors that drive the size of this challenge:

- “Unreasonably” restrictive governance demands from the organisation.
- Large distributed development teams that seek to mix offshore with local teams.
- Complex web of customer representatives, making agreement hard but also demanding to know when scope will be delivered.
- Restrictive financial governance that demands strong focus on value delivery
Our Managing Agile seminar will look at Agile from these perspectives and more, and provide simple pragmatic steps you can take tomorrow to make Agile adoption a reality in these more challenging contexts.

Lamri summer Agile webinars launched

TreeWe’ve just published our summer series of webinars covering a range of exciting topics from Agile Fundamentals through to setting a Process Improvement Project up for Success.

In a series of three 45 minute webinars pitched at a convenient midday timeslot we’re covering the following topics:

  • Setting a Process Improvement Project up for Success on the 20th August
  • Managing Agile on the 21st August
  • Agile Fundamentals on the 28th August

To find out more and to book simply visit our seminar page here.

DevOps – Its more than Dev plus Ops Part 2

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In my previous blog I discussed how although DevOps is packed with practices and principles that help us be more effective, the challenge is that the organisation does not really feel the benefit until DevOps is adopted widespread.  I then talked about some of the approaches we’ve used in the past to gain the management support so necessary to go wider with DevOps.  Lets talk a little about the challenge of delivering DevOps now.

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ICAgile – So What?

I was speaking with the ICAgile guys yesterday and it was interesting to share thoughts on some of the reasons why ICAgile is perhaps different from some of the other Agile certifications out in the wild.

Learning is the product, certification is the by-product
Agile experts from around the world have collaborated on creating ICAgile learning objectives that are open-source.  The result is a comprehensive learning and development path that focuses on enabling students to learn what they need to know to become an expert in a particular Agile discipline.

Agile processes evolve, Agility is here to stay
ICAgile focuses on learning objectives rather than the specifics of a particular methodology.  The result is training and accreditation that can evolve with the “state of the art” rather than being trapped in time around a particular methodology.  Of course this is not to say that the specifics of a methodology is not important – its just that by training in the Agile Mindset students are better equipped to pick and adopt the methodology best suited to their situation.  As a colleague said:  ICAgile is a value-add to any other certifications an Agile professional may hold.  It pairs and plays well with others.

ICAgile engages the community of Agile experts – “ready for evolution”
ICAgile is underpinned by widescale community involvement.  The result is learning objectives that are open and transparent.  Because ICAgile is founded upon learning objectives it is designed ready to evolve.

Learning roadmap focuses on disciplines not roles
This means that instead of certifying product owners for example, it instead certifies individuals in Value Management and Business Analysis. Thus for organisations where individuals operate in pre-existing roles, this approach explains Agile to them in their terms rather than forcing them to come to Agile.

Acknowledge that certification is not for everyone
If certification is not relevant then that’s fine – users case still pick from ICAgile’s learning tracks for the curriculum that best suits.  If certification is relevant then this approach embraces all Agile frameworks and methodologies; its criteria are developed collaboratively and are transparent; attaining Expert level requires the student to demonstrate their skills and review work samples in front of a panel to assess their competency.

To find out more about ICAgile (The International Consortium for Agile) visit www.icagile.com or our website.