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CSM, PSM, SSM, SASM - What Scrum Master Course Do I Choose?

A question our training team is often asked is “what Scrum Master course do I choose?” This article will walk you through the different Scrum Master courses available, comparing them based on various aspects such as course content, provider, cost, assessment type, certification and more.

To make your decision process easier, we have created a comparison matrix that puts the main Scrum Master courses side by side.

 


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SAFe® Program Consultant Certifications now available from Radtac

We are pleased to announce that Radtac now has a SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) - Darren Wilmshurst - who will be able to provide you with SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) training.


SPCT Certification is the highest level of certification provided by Scaled Agile, and gives certified trainers the opportunity to run courses for you towards an SPC certification status.


Achieving the SPCT status is a culmination of a 12-month journey – read Darren’s blog post here about becoming an SPCT.

Scaled Agile Inc. established the SPCT program to provide a means of recognising individuals who demonstrate superior knowledge, competency, and in-depth field experience in adopting Agile across an enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework®.

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Top 6 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

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.

1. Organisational Culture and Agile Frameworks: How to Create an Alignment

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?

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7 Resources to Learn More About SAFe

 

Whether you a.) heard something about SAFe and are not sure what it is, b.) want to learn more, or c.) just need to refresh your knowledge, here is a list of resources that will come in handy.

1. The Book


The seminal book “Agile Software Requirements – Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs and the Enterprise” by Dean Leffingwell was first published in December 2010. This was one of the first books to address the specific needs of multiple collaborating Agile teams, and then extending to the program and portfolio levels. It was based on proven enterprise adoptions - none more so than Nokia.


I guess the inspiration for the Scaled Agile Framework® came from this book. The Scaled Agile Framework is now at version 4.0, and, when you first look at the ‘big picture’, it’s not unusual for your reaction to be ‘ Wow – that looks complicated’.

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Organisational Culture And Agile Frameworks: How To Create An Alignment

Culture impacts all areas of our lives. Some are obvious such as religion, family values. Many, however, fall below the radar but still have lasting effects. In this article we will look how you could create an alignment between your organisational culture and the Agile framework you choose to adopt.

What is Culture?


I don’t think you can go far wrong with William Schneider’s definition of Culture: How we do things around here to succeed.


Schneider describes four distinct cultures summarised below in his model, as illustrated by Michael Sahota in his book ‘An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide’.

 

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Radtac Becomes A Gold Partner With Scaled Agile, Inc.

We are very pleased to announce that Radtac is now a Gold Partner of the Scaled Agile, Inc. Partner program.

Our focus is to provide you with the highest quality training, consulting and coaching to support your Lean-Agile transformation in complex environments, backed by the creators of the SAFe framework® - now featuring the latest updates and information through our partnership.

Increasingly, organisations are questioning themselves: ‘We have got Agile delivery working at the team level, but how do we scale when we have multiple teams with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people working across a Value Stream?’

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#InsightThursday: 29 Agile Blogs for Your Reading List

We’ve compiled a list of 29 blogs around Agile, that you can check out and ultimately add to your reading list, so that you can keep up with news and insights from others.

Reading list tip: Use a tool like Feedly to add the sites/blogs you would like to follow. Feedly then lets you see all the posts/articles feeds in one place - your Feedly dashboard.

Back to the list: have a look at the blogs and sites below and see which ones grab your attention. Please note: the order is not necessary relevant to the blogs’ importance or ranks.

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Does Agile Scale at the Portfolio Level?

In business environments, professionals are still questioning if agile scales at the portfolio level, when in fact the answer is quite clear - yes it does. However, I am still seeing immature practices and behaviours at this level of the organisation.

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#InsightThursday: Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

You may have noticed we’ve been talking lately about SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework- in the last few blog posts. The reason for this is that our Radtac team members Alex, Darren and Randal have participated in the SAFe Leadership Retreat, where they’ve gained some very useful insight into the latest developments of SAFe.

But we’re not the only ones talking about SAFe.

What is the Scaled Agile Framework?

The aim of SAFe is to introduce agile ways of working across large enterprise organisations, rather than stopping at team level.

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A SAFe Holiday: Scaling Agile Can Be Fun Too

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 about Scaling Agile and SAFe’s education pathways, telling you how much we learnt from this get-together.

Now it’s time for you to read that SAFe can be fun too. In this blog, I will share with you a bit more on the balance of work and the social side of the event.

First things first. When we booked our places to go on the SAFe leadership retreat, the first thing our partners and colleagues picked up was the location. The iconic Crieff Hydro Hotel.

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