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The Radtac Summer Roadshow: Let’s Meet in Your Area!

 

When you live in the UK, a few days with temperatures over 20 degrees means that summer is here. As summer is the time when you generally make travel plans, we’ve made some of our own. And we’d like you to be a part of these plans!

We have received several enquiries from you lately about doing courses in different parts of the country, such as Bournemouth or Cardiff. While the majority of our courses are London-based, you made us aware that you’d like us to visit you.

(Drum roll please.) Therefore, we are very pleased to announce the Radtac Summer Roadshow: a series of regional courses running from July through to September, covering new regions of the United Kingdom and Ireland that are not on our regular training schedule.

Check out below more information on the roadshow, available courses and the list of locations covered.

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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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We’re Launching Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master Certifications

Last month we delivered the exciting news that our Training team had successfully been awarded PMI Registered Education Provider status. This month we’d like to offer our congratulations to our team member Andy Hiles, who is now a licensed Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.

Scrum.org puts all potential PSTs through a rigorous assessment process, which Andy completed successfully by demonstrating his expertise in Scrum, through extensive experience in applying, leading, teaching, and coaching it.

It’s a fantastic achievement - well done Andy from the Radtac team!

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A Look Back at Radtac’s Website Redesign (2016)

 Before ending this year and moving towards the new, exciting challenges that we hope 2017 will bring, we’d like to take a look back at an important 2016 milestone for us: our website redesign.


Why is it an important milestone? Well, firstly, because we wanted to make our website more friendly for you. We wanted you to find quicker what you’re looking for, to browse through the content more easily, and to have a pleasant experience when using our website.


Second, as with any Agile approach where you inspect and adapt your work, we wanted to make sure our website reflects our beliefs, our brand and our identity. This is why we have turned to Brand it Guru (BiG), a creative, London-based agency of ‘Gurus’ that we have worked with in the past. The team at BiG have known us for a while now, and were ideally placed to help us communicate our message in the best possible visual way.

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Evolving From Scrum To Scrumban And Beyond

20-Jul-2016 11:00:00 Kanban Scrum Agile teams Scrum team How-To

This blog is a case study of an Agile implementation which started off as a classic Scrum implementation, and then evolved to use Scrumban and Kanban techniques.

In the Beginning.


It is day 1 of sprint 1 for a team.  


To set some context, a Business Analyst had spent several months preparing a product backlog of nicely written user stories. They were conveniently written in the user story format:

‘As a <who>’

‘I want <what>’.

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Scrum And Kanban: What Should I Use?

Written by Alex Gray

 

When I am training Scrum courses, I often like to ask attendees: ‘Is anyone using Kanban’? More often than not, a number of people on the course will say ‘Yes we have Kanban boards’. So I say: ‘Great! Have you mapped your workflow on your board, and are you applying WIP (Work In Progress) limits?’ To which the answer repeatedly is ‘No, we just use a Kanban board’.

What follows next is that I am asked to explain the difference between Scrum and Kanban. Which is when I normally get the question: ‘Should we use Scrum orKanban?’

Let’s look at some of the possible deciding factors.

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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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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: Agile Events Roundup

22-Oct-2015 12:00:00 Scrum Banking Public Sector Lean

We’re in the middle of the Agile events season. Whether past or future, there are plenty of insightful get-togethers for the Agile community. We’ve put some of them together into a list to share them with you. It would be great to get your view on events you’ve attended and ones you plan to visit in the near future. Add your preferred events in the comments box at the bottom of the article.

Upcoming events

Agile Tour London (October 23, 2015)

Happening almost as we ‘speak’, the Agile Tour London will feature 6 workshops and 15 talks given by 26 speakers. Sessions like “Leadership in Scaling Agile and Organisational Change” by Simon Powers, “Spicing up Agile retrospectives” by Ben Linders, or “How to train your HIPPO (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion)” by Ozlem Yuce make a good promise for a content-rich event.

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