Just in case you missed any of them, or would like to refresh your learnings reading them again, here are our top six blog posts of 2016 from the Radtac Blog.
Can you map a certain type of organisational culture against an Agile framework? Is a certain Agile approach better suited to a certain culture? How can various culture types affect the success of your chosen Agile approach?
Radtac’s Darren Wilmshurst provides answers to these questions, along with lots more detail on creating an alignment between organisational culture and Agile frameworks, in our #1 blog post of 2016.
Looking at two different ways to segment organisational culture types - Schneider’s culture model and Value-Driven cultures - Darren assesses what Agile framework works best with what culture.
The traditional way of working (synonyms: waterfall, the defined process) has some inherent problems. It cannot cope with change or uncertainty, and it limits innovation. Lengthy process times, delayed delivery, budget overrun, customer dissatisfaction are a few of the disadvantages that traditional ways of working can cause within your business.
How do you tackle these negative aspects? Radtac’s Alex Gray explains why and how an Agile way of working will benefit your organisation in his ‘Why Agile’ blog post and the attached white paper.
With the Scaled Agile Framework® being one of the most popular scaling frameworks available out there, we continue to witness its growth worldwide. Over 60% of the Fortune 100 US companies have certified SAFe practitioners and consultants already on site. We started to see that trend in 2015, and over the last year or so we have delivered over a dozen Leading SAFe courses, both as public and private training.
Because it’s only fair to want to contribute to this growth, Darren decided to embark on a journey towards becoming a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC). In his blog, he shares what that journey looks like, what obstacles he had to pass, and how being an SPC helps the SAFe community, also allowing Radtac to be involved in the growth of SAFe within the UK.
With growing to-do lists and backlogs, prioritising your most important tasks is not just an option, but rather essential.
Imagine this scenario: you’ve created your initial product backlog. The requirements on your backlog have been broken down just enough, not too much, but just enough to be able to prioritise delivery of features to the customer. How do you prioritise, who does it, and what options do you have?
Alex runs through a range of prioritisation techniques, offering details that will help you decide which method might be best suited for your situation.
Another very helpful how-to article by Alex, this time offering guidance on how to create high-performing teams within your organisation.
Alex explains what a high-performing team is, what the different stages of the group development model are, what characteristics a high-performing team has, and what you need to do in order to turn your teams into high-performing teams.
6. Seven Resources to Learn More About SAFe®
We’ve already established that SAFe is one of the most popular scaling frameworks available at the moment. Whether you want to start learning more about this framework, or expand your knowledge on the ‘big picture’, the SAFe levels, each of their components, and much more, Darren has compiled a handy list of resources you can use.
What’s more, the list includes various types of resources, from a short 5-minute video overview of SAFe, up to a comprehensive book from the initiator of SAFe, Dean Leffingwell. Depending on how much you want to expand your knowledge, you can choose the appropriate resource from the list.