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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 Scrum.org 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 Scrum.org. 


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

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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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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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