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Becoming A SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT)

27-May-2016 13:10:06 Scaling Agile SAFe Agile

You could argue that the evolution of SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework®) started in 2009 when Dean Leffingwell started work at Nokia - the first Agile delivery at significant scale which Radtac was part of.

Later in 2011, based on his industry experience, Dean authored  “Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise”. You could say this was SAFe v0.1 because it does include the first Big Picture.

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Which prioritisation method is right for me?

26-May-2016 17:46:06 Prioritisation Agile How-To

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?

Firstly, it is important to have a vision. In fact, the product backlog should have been created with this vision in mind. The vision helps communicate to everyone involved what the outcome of the product should be.

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Radtac 3-Stage Value Growth Model: An Alternative Way of Looking At Organisation Value Flow and the ‘How’ of Delivery

14-Apr-2016 11:30:00 Culture Agile measuring Value growth Agile

Radtac 3-Stage Value Growth Model

Businesses need to have a culture and this culture requires consistency with enough flexibility to adjust to differing business requirements. As a result of that, Radtac has created a simple to understand model that helps the organisations we work with combine culture with the flexible working model. The model represents how we communicate about a project we are working on, and, therefore, which measures we are going to use to show progress and return on investment (ROI).

The Radtac 3-Stage Value Growth Model allows organisations to position their need and possible solution discussion against standard business terms. It moves the discussion from process or methodology into practical delivery of value, through actions with defined outcomes using business value measurement, for example P+L or Balance Sheet.

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#InsightThursday: Implementing And Making Agile Work

Agile is easy, transformation isn’t, as our CEO, Peter Measey would say. Understanding Agile - although this can be really challenging sometimes - is one thing, but actually implementing it and tweaking it to make it work for your organisation is another thing. See below a collection of articles around working with Agile and making Agile work (no pun intended… ).

‘Be Agile in being Agile’ - The Guardian makes Agile work

The Guardian shares in this article how they implement Agile, or at least how they do it for the Platforms team, as the different teams may flex the way they work with Agile. For The Guardian, Agile feels like the right solution for handling their 977 million page impressions per month.

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Agile Foundations: How To Use Burn-Down And Burn-Up Charts

This post is the first one in a 'How To' series of posts by Peter Measey. The posts in this series will explain different concepts, terms and practices within Agile, as well as how to run these practices.

Agile teams need the capability to monitor and track progress, and also the ability to be open and transparent about that progress. Many Agile teams use ‘Burn-Up’ and ‘Burn-Down’ charts to achieve this, especially within Scrum. This blog provides some practical advice on how to use these charts effectively, and what they can provide for your team.

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DevOps : A Longer Story Than I Thought!

27-Jan-2016 16:30:00 DevOps Agile
Continuous improvement is my definition of being Agile. ‘But wait’, I hear you cry, surely it can’t be that simple… Well of course it is, so where do you start?

In the Agile arena, we prescribe frameworks to manage our workflow, behaviours to influence our culture and technical practices to improve product quality.

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The Wobbly Bridge, the Walkie Talkie & Agile Architecture: What’s The Common Ground?

27-Jan-2016 16:00:00 Agile architecture Agile

This article is an additional response to an excellent article written by Simon Powers here, where Simon discusses putting Architecture back onto the Agile roadmap.

Most functionality needs architecture to work. An obvious example to illustrate this fact are buildings. There was a famous case with London’s Millennium Bridge, which gained the nickname ‘Wobble Bridge’ because it was... a bit too wobbly. The problem was fixed with dampers, similar to shock absorbers on cars, without a rebuild or redesign of the bridge being necessary.

Since then, another problem has come to light with the Walkie Talkie building. Reflected sunlight coming from the building was damaging cars, and the problem was fixed with some simple solar shading. 

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Are You Doing Water-Scrum-fall?

This is a blog post by Andy Hiles, adapted from his article originally published on InfoQ.

Water-Scrum-fall is a hybrid software development approach that aims to successfully combine Waterfall and Scrum approaches into a hybrid Agile way of working. This blog post takes a closer look at how Water-Scrum-fall originated, what benefits and disadvantages it brings to an organisation, and why ‘doing’ and ‘being’ Agile are two completely separate things.

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#InsightThursday: Why Do Systems And Processes Keep Failing On Black Friday?

With Christmas around the corner some of us might have already forgotten about the Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping madness. Shoppers experiencing frustration though, or retailers watching their IT systems going down in the most crucial moment are probably not amongst those who left Black Friday so easily behind.

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Find Us On G-Cloud 7 In The Digital Marketplace

The new G-Cloud 7 is part of the Government’s effort to make services and suppliers of all sizes more accessible to public sector organisations. The new release ensures that services within the Digital Marketplace, the online catalogue for public sector cloud IT service buyers, are the most up-to-date and innovative cloud solutions available.

We are delighted to announce that, once again, we’ve been accepted for the G-Cloud 7 framework.

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