With the Rugby World Cup well underway, it occurred to me that there might be some lessons to be learnt for business transformation and moving toward modern Agile Practices.
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In May, Radtac attended the first SAFe Leadership Retreat in Crieff, Scotland. In previous blog posts, we shared with you some insights from the SAFe Leadership Retreat and about Scaling Agile as part of the topics discussed within the retreat. In this post, we will have a closer look at courses around SAFe.
One of the Open Space sessions looked at development of SAFe education pathways reviewing existing courses and options for further courses. Radtac is an integral part of the SAFe community and provides a number of entry points into the Scaled Agile Framework:
26-29 May in Crieff, Scotland.
Radtac attended the first SAFe Leadership Retreat with over 40 leaders from the agile world including members of Scaled Agile Inc.
In 2014 Radtac was invited by the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT, to build and deliver the training for the very popular BCS Foundation Certificatein Agile.
To build on this success – and again at the invitation of the BCS - we authored the companion book to the BCS Course – “Agile Foundation - Principles, practices and frameworks”.
And yes, that is a question! In fact, here is another question:
“Where in the PRINCE2 manual does it stipulate a traditional (waterfall) way to deliver projects?”
So is PRINCE2 that alien to an Agile approach?
Well, let’s have a look at the seven core principles of PRINCE2
- Continued business justification,
- Learn from experience,
- Defined roles and responsibilities,
- Manage by stages,
- Manage by exception,
- Focus on products,
- Tailor to suit the project environment.
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Sound familiar?
In my role as an Agile coach and mentor I often find myself in the position where I am asked to support recruitment and help out with interviewing potential new people with the right skills and mind-set to support an Agile organisation.
I was speaking about this with some friends of mine that – thanks to a recent round of funding – are now on the hunt to grow their head count and recruit talent. We were sat in the Electric Diner in Notting Hill and after the third cappuccino conversation was becoming animated:
“What is the one skill or attribute we want to select for in our recruitment, Kev?”
“Easy, they have to be a fast learner.”
I have tried to write this blog three times in the past year and have always ended up canning it. You know, “not quite the right alignment of purpose and insight”, “too long winded”, “boring marketing analysis” or “death through the turgidity of accounting”. But now it has come together.
While I would like to write specifically, with examples, I realised that the value was in the generic….oh and advice from the lawyers. I still have the original safely tucked away.
Radtac is proud to announce the further expansion of its Certified Agile Training Portfolio in 2014.
Radtac now has 2 certified SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) Program Consultants, Darren Wilmshurst and Randal Cooper. They have demonstrated a proven knowledge in Agile programs, program portfolio management, Agile architecture, and leadership. As a consequence, they are now able to train leaders and teams, act as a certifying agent for SAFe Agilists and SAFe practitioners, and launch Agile Release Trains as part of an enterprise Lean/Agile change initiative.
Having spent 16 years in Retail Banking in the late 90’s, I made the entirely (il)logical jump into IT; just about the time that the panic started to set in for the millennium cutover when all IT systems were expected to black-hole. I even remember that Virgin decided to stop all flights that bridged the hours from 1999 to 2000!
Last night Radtac was proud to be a part of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, launch of new Agile Certifications at both Foundation and Practitioner level. The certification programme has been developed specifically working with the industry to meet the demands of those utilising Agile. Radtac has developed the Foundation course on behalf of the BCS.
When considering changing work, technical and delivery practices, training is one way to help that process. I can hear you all waiting for the ‘but’…..in fact it is an ‘and’. Training is not a change programme it is only an element of a change programme and coaching is probably a more important component.