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SAFe Practice Tips: CI/CD Part 1- Continuous integration

17-Apr-2018 12:19:37 SAFe How-To Agile IT CI/CD



*This post is part of the series ‘SAFe Practice Tips’, which aims to offer helpful advice to anyone using SAFe.


This is the first part to the CI/CD blog series where I discuss continuous integration, delivery & deployment, and the differences between them but also how they relate to one another. This blog will help with enabling a smooth continuous journey for your team. The first practice we discuss is Continuous integration.


Where do I start?


First of all, CI/CD is not one thing.  When people start using the term "CI/CD" they are merging different things together, and while they are related (you can't have CD without CI) they are quite different in scope.  The CD acronym further complicates things by being ambiguous (see below).

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SAFe Practice Tips: Program Increment (PI) Planning Part 3

11-Apr-2018 11:10:00 SAFe How-To SAFe 4.5 PI Planning

*This post is part of the series ‘SAFe Practice Tips’, which aims to offer helpful advice to anyone using SAFe.

Here is the final part of the SAFe PI Planning Tips series where I discuss the Planning Retrospective. This is the final activity of the Program Increment (PI) Planning event. If you haven’t checked out our previous Tips of the SAFe Practice series you can check them out here: Part 1 and Part 2


“The RTE leads a brief retrospective for the PI planning event to capture what went well, what didn’t, and what can be done better next time.”  - Scaled Agile Framework


My experience with the PI is that, whilst energising and exhilarating, it also exhausting! By the time you get to the final confidence vote, people are ‘done’! They just want to get home.

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SAFe Practice Tips: Program Increment (PI) Planning Part 2

04-Apr-2018 16:19:51 SAFe How-To SAFe 4.5 PI Planning

*This post is part of the series ‘SAFe Practice Tips’, which aims to offer helpful advice to anyone using SAFe.

Here is the 2nd part of the SAFe® Practice Tips series, where I discuss Management Problem Solving, including thoughts from other SAFe practitioners. Also, I explain confidence voting and how the team can do this to help meet their objectives for the PI. If you haven’t checked out the previous parts of the series - read Tip 1 here and Tip 2 here.


As mentioned last time, PI Planning is essential to SAFe. If you are not doing PI Planning, you are not doing SAFe. These tips will enable you to do your PI planning in a better way.

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SAFe Practice Tips: Program Increment (PI) Planning

26-Mar-2018 14:26:04 SAFe How-To SAFe 4.5 PI Planning

*This post is part of the series ‘SAFe Practice Tips’, which aims to offer helpful advice to anyone using SAFe.

As a SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) I can’t remember how many PI Planning events I facilitated and attended last year. However, what I do know is that this is a seminal event in SAFe, which aims  to create alignment with the Teams, the Product Management, the Architects and Business Owners.

“Program Increment (PI) Planning is a cadence-based, face-to-face event that serves as the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train (ART), aligning all the teams on the ART to a shared mission and Vision.”

PI Planning is essential to SAFe - If you are not doing PI Planning, you are not doing SAFe.

Over the last 2 years, I have been experimenting with different techniques and practices which I thought I would share with you. The first one is regarding Business Context and Team Space

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Radtac Becomes an ICAgile Member Training Organisation

You may have already read our recent blogs announcing that Professional Scrum Master and Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC certification courses are now available within our training portfolio.

Our training portfolio is set to be enhanced further - Radtac have joined the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as a Member Training Organisation (MTO). 

ICAgile is a leading global Agile accreditation and certification body that helps organisations design learning experiences that cultivate an Agile mindset and enable sustainable organisational agility. They collaborate with worldwide Agile and industry experts to design world-class learning tracks that guide organisations in the development of their curriculum. ICAgile’s approach is not tied to any specific Agile methodology, thus giving people the flexibility to blend flavors in a way that make sense for their reality.

The ICAgile learning roadmap provides clear paths for professionals and organisations who want to start or continue their Agile journey. The learning roadmap is made up of:

ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) Certifications:

Knowledge-based certifications which focus on fulfillment of ICAgile learning objectives and an in-class demonstration of acquired knowledge.

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SAFe Practice Tips: The Inspect and Adapt Workshop

As a SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer, I have launched many Agile Release Trains (ARTs) over the last two years in a variety of industries and countries. Every time, I look to try something new (an experiment) to see whether there is a better way of doing things.

So, through a series of blogs I am going to share some of those experiments that I have found really useful. Perhaps try them out for yourself and let me know how you get on.

Let’s start by looking at the Inspect and Adapt workshop which, after the PI Planning, is probably the most important event; it is where we remember Principle #12 from the Agile Manifesto:

“At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes  and adjusts its behaviour accordingly.”

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Scrum Alliance Certifications: What's Your Journey?

Many of you may have already started your journey on the Path to CSP® (Certified Scrum Practitioner) with the Scrum Alliance. However, for those of you thinking about progressing your career, knowledge and expertise in 2018, you can learn more about the new model designed by Scrum Alliance to take individuals from foundational to advance practice as part of a two-year staged journey.


Scrum Alliance Certifications: What's Your Journey?

The Path to CSP® has been designed to give individuals the choice in an educational track that will improve their core Scrum knowledge, build skill sets, and provide the necessary tools to evolve as an Agile practitioner, from Scrum foundations to advanced practice.

The program has been designed by Scrum Alliance to be a two-year journey where individuals will pick between SA’s already popular courses - Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Developer - as the starting or foundational point of an individual's journey.

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We’re Launching Further Professional Scrum Certifications

Last year we told you about the addition of Professional Scrum Master courses to our training portfolio, following the news Andy Hiles had become a licensed Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with 

Since then we are pleased to let you know that Radtac has successfully joined as a Professional Training Network (PTN). PTN status demonstrates our ability to deliver Professional Scrum training and abide by the high quality standards of

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The (Unofficial) Scrum Master Level Up Guide

This is a guest post by
 Samantha Webb. Samantha is an experienced Scrum Master and Agile coach working in the computer games and eSports industry. She spends a lot of time both inside and outside work mentoring professionals new to the Scrum Master role as well as coaching teams in Agile. 


Whether or not you are familiar with the world of MMOs or RPGs (that’s massively multiplayer online games and role-playing games), there are a lot of lessons that can be learned from the virtual world and applied in the real one. This is certainly true of my experience working in Agile environments as well, and this article aims to look at some of the practices introduced in online games that can help Scrum Masters improve their own practices.

One of the most common questions I hear from new Scrum Masters – and also often those with more experience under their belt – is how they can better themselves. Inspection and adaptation are two of the three pillars of Scrum, so it is no surprise that the best practitioners I know apply these pillars to their own practice. Lately I’ve found myself offering up similar advice to many Scrum Masters in different circumstances, so I thought the time had come to put quill to parchment and record my advice for other Scrum Master adventurers.

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Radtac joins the DevOps Institute’s Network of Registered Education Partners

11-Jan-2018 13:53:00 DevOps Training

Our training portfolio will be expanding further this New Year with the exciting news that Radtac have been accredited by the DevOps Institute (DOI) in partnership with PeopleCert as a Registered Education Partner!

The DevOps Institute
is the continuous learning community around  emerging DevOps practices. Working with recognised thought leaders, the DevOps Institute is setting the quality standard for DevOps competency-based education and qualifications.


The DevOps Institute’s vision is to facilitate a community where members have access to the most innovative, inspirational and transformational DevOps content, courses and certifications around emerging DevOps practices and principles. We strive to provide content that inspires discussion, collaboration, transformation, and to foster healthy dialogue among global members of various technical backgrounds and experiences.

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